Cacao Banana Overnight Oats

I’m into my last season as a basketball mom. In the blink of an eye, a decade of weekends spent in various (smelly) gyms across the province has passed. I have experienced profound joy watching my sons be active and participate in a sport that is still pretty foreign to me. I love the confidence that they have cultivated and the friendships forged. I know, too, the challenges of keeping hydrated and well-fed while on the road. While I know that I’m “that mom” with the weird drinks and snacks in tow, I also know that it’s not really that hard to pack healthy (not to mention cost-saving) options.

This past weekend, I packed up avocados and “protein crunch” (a savoury blend of buckwheat groats, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds), bananas and “overnight oats”. We still socialized with the team and enjoyed group meals, but we had the steady backup of healthy options tucked away. Pictured is a variation of last week’s apple cinnamon overnight  oats, but in truth this weekend we enjoyed a cacao-banana variation that was truly delicious. I wish I had come up with this recipe, but I have to give full credit to The Glowing Fridge. I substituted my homemade hemp milk, but you could use whatever form of milk you wish.

Cacao banana overnight oats

3/4 cup oats
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1 tablespoon of raw cacao
1 tablespoon of protein powder (I used SunWarrior chocolate)
1 cup milk (hemp seed, almond, cashew, etc.)
1 banana – sliced

Combine oats, chia, maple syrup, cacao and protein powder in a small mason jar. Add milk and combine well. Store in fridge overnight.
When ready to enjoy, simply add sliced banana. Be prepared to stay full all morning!