Chunky Monkey Overnight Oatmeal (THM E)

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I am so excited to share these overnight oats recipes with you! They’re a fantastic (and EASY) make-ahead E breakfast. It’s perfect for those rushed mornings on-the-go.

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Chunky Monkey is my favorite ice cream flavor combination of all time. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s banana ice cream with dark chocolate chunks and walnut pieces. Can’t really have the walnut pieces with this, unless you want to make it a crossover, but with the help of Lily’s chocolate chips I can have the chocolate-banana combo. [Side note: I will make a low carb chunky monkey ice cream one day – count on it.] A serving size of Lily’s chocolate chips is about 60 chips, which I figured out (through counting tiny chips) is roughly 2 Tablespoons (and has only 4.5g of fat at the full serving, perfect for an E). I only used one Tablespoon in this recipe, and it was plenty chocolatey.

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These oats took me just 5 minutes to prep (and I prepped 4 at once!), and they use simple ingredients – nothing crazy here. The only prep involved is to place all of the ingredients into a wide mouth mason jar, or something similar, and stir until combined. I like the wide mouth jars for this, because it’s easier to get down into the jar with a small spatula to stir everything together. Of course, the jars all come with their own lids making storage a breeze.

The oats have to be in the fridge for at least an hour, but you can prep a few days worth at a time, up to about 5 days.

Place the oats into the jar, then follow with vanilla, salt, whey protein isolate, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, mashed banana, and Lily’s chocolate chips. Stir to combine, then set in the fridge for at least one hour.

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Then in the morning, you have these perfectly softened, creamy oats with chunks of banana and rich chocolate chips. These oats, coupled with a big cup of collagen green tea, were the perfect light, yet filling breakfast before heading off to the gym.

Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats (THM E)

  • Servings: Single
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a wide mouth mason jar, cover, and set in the fridge for at least one hour or overnight.
  2. Enjoy straight from the fridge, or heat in the microwave before serving.

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Smoothie Diaries: Orange Creamsicle

Nothing peps you up in the middle of a long day like some zingy orange! And orange creamsicle…come on! Who doesn’t want an excuse to have a liquid popsicle?!

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, frozen banana (if you use fresh banana, add about a cup of ice to this recipe)
  • 1 container (about 3/4 cup) vanilla yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 can mandarin orange slices (if they’re in syrup, like mine unfortunately were, just give them a rinse)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cup milk, any variety
  • sugar or substitute to taste

Place all your ingredients in the blender. I usually layer mine with the ice or frozen fruit on the bottom so that it gets good and pulverized and blends easily into the softer stuff. Taste for sugar after the first blend, add sugar by the teaspoon if you need to.

Recipe makes 1 16oz smoothie.

Smoothie Diaries: Chocolate Almond Banana

If there’s one drink I absolutely adore (besides coffee) it’s a good smoothie. And, in my opinion, it’s hard to make a smoothie that doesn’t taste good! How can you go wrong with sweet stuff and milk? You can’t.

Smoothies give a light, healthy start to your morning and can keep you filled until your next meal or snack time when made correctly.

A lot of people hear, “smoothie,” and don’t think it’s possible to be fulfilled by a drink. These are the people who probably don’t make their smoothies right.

And that is exactly why I’m making a smoothie series: Smoothie Diaries! Over the past few years I’ve perfected the art of making smoothies not only tasty but filling. Every once in a while I’ll update the series with a new drink to keep it interesting : )

I’ll start with an easy, but a goody – the chocolate almond banana smoothie.

The almonds give you fabulous energy at any point in the day. The bananas offer hearty texture and, of course, the benefit of fruit! Then there’s chocolate – need I say more?

Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie

  • 2 cups frozen sliced bananas (or 2 fresh bananas, sliced. If you’re not using frozen bananas, add about 1 – 1 1/2 cups ice to make it cold and slushy)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups milk (whatever you have! Soy, almond, skim, 1%….you get the picture)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if you don’t have protein powder, you can sub a cup of light vanilla yogurt to get the same effect)
  • 1/2 Tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (if you have chocolate syrup, you could use about 1 Tsp instead of the powder. Just what I had in my cupboard!)
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds (you could sub a heaping Tsp of almond butter if you don’t have raw almonds. If you have both use them! The raw almonds add texture and the butter adds intense almond flavor.)
  • 1 Tsp sugar (It’s not totally necessary, just depends on your taste! The raw almonds needed a little sweetness, so I added it. If you sub almond butter the sugar won’t be needed.)

Throw all the ingredients into your blender and let it go on medium-high until everything’s emulsified. This recipe makes one LARGE serving (about 12oz).