Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oatmeal #PeanutButterDay

Overnight Oatmeal. You may have seen or heard of these "new" no cook versions of oatmeal. You mix them the night before, let them sit in the refrigerator overnight and in the a.m. you have oatmeal ready to eat. Now this is not meant to be an exact version of warm, fresh cooked oatmeal.

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe
This is a busy morning, need to dash out the door, still want to eat healthy version that is worth exploring.

Today I share with you two recipes that I happen to like.

Jan's Tip: Feel free to play with the ingredients a little. I am using soy milk, but almond milk or regular milk is just fine! I use a littel ground flax seed for added fiber, but Chia seeds, or chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans are DELISH! 

Printable Recipe
Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oatmeal:
2 servings:

1 banana mashed
2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
1 Cup rolled oats
1 cup soy milk
Optional: 1-2 Tablespoons one of the following:
ground flax seed
chai seeds
chopped almonds, pecans, or walnuts

Topping before serving:
1 Tablespoon peanut butter, chopped nuts
a drizzle of milk
a drizzle of chocolate sytup

Mix ingredients (excpet the topping ingredients) all together.
Pour into 2 jars or bowls
Cover with plastic wrap or lids
Store in refrigerator overnight
Before serving, add desired toppings.

Alternate Recipe:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal:
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 cups soy milk
2 Tablespoons sugar/sweetener
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
Optional; 1-2 Tablespoosns of one of the following;
Ground flax seed
chia seeds
chopped almonds, walnuts, or pecans

Topping before serving:
1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips
a drizzle of milk
a drizzle of chocolate syrup

Mix ingredients (except the topping ingredients) all together.
Pour into 2 jars or bowls.
Cover with plastic wrap or lid
Store in refrigerator overnight
Before serving, add desired toppings.

Crock pot Caramelized Onions #NationalSlowCookerMonth

Caramelized Onions made in your slow cooker is an easy way to make a flavorful topping for your burgers, hot dogs, and even french onion soup.

Caramelized Onions and Peppers
Caramelized Onion  Turkery Burger 
For your next big party  make your guests mouth water by serving up a platter of these scrumptious caramelized onions for their burgers, brats, or steaks, and they'll never believe you did  these in the crock pot with very little effort!  I can promise you  the rave reviews  will be worth the 5 whole minutes you spent making this dish!

I'll give you a bonus recipe at the bottom for turning these onions into a scrumptious French Onion Soup, that will knock your socks off. (Thanks to Southern Living for these recipes!)

Barbecue recipes
Bratwurst with Caramelized Onions (and peppers!)
Boy do I wish you could have smelled my house when I came home from errands after starting this in the crockpot. Wow, my house smelled wonderful. What is it about cooking onions and peppers that does that?

Ok, let's get you the recipe:

Caramelized Onions
Makes 2 cups

2 bacon slices
2 tablespoons melted butter (I used real butter)
2 medium-sized sweet onion, sliced (about 4 1/2 cups)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook bacon in a skillet or microwave until crisp. Remove bacon (and use for some other recipe). Reserve 1-2 Tablespoons of the bacon drippings for this recipe.

Jan's Tip: for a cook out,I usually  cook up a pound or so of bacon for people to put on their burgers. So make your bacon ahead of time so you can use the drippings for the onions and then just reheat the bacon when it's time for the cookout. (plus you now will have two of your toppings cooked  and checked off  your list early)

  • Combine drippings, melted butter, and remaining ingredients in a crock pot, stir well to coat onions.
  • Cover and cook on high 4 hours. Serve or if your crock pot has a warm setting, you can switch it to warm till ready to serve.
 ( I actually added diced green peppers to the pot, after I switched it to warm, because I knew my hubby and son would love the peppers., but I cooked the onions first by themselves.)

Bonus Recipe:

French Onion Soup
Makes 5 cups

1 batch of caramelized onions (see recipe above)
2 cans (10 1/2 oz. each) beef consomme
1/4 cup dry white wine or white wine substitute.

Optional:(Or very necessary if you ask me!)
1/4 cup or so of shredded Gruyere cheese

Stir consomme and white wine (or substitute) into cooked onions in the crock pot.
Cover and cook on high 15 minutes or just until heated through.

To serve, sprinkle each bowl of soup with shredded cheese and croutons.

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