Friday, March 9, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Moo'd Overnight Oatmeal

In between my second and third year in college, I worked at Jamba Juice for a short period of time. For the most part, I enjoyed working there because I got to meet a lot of cool people, learn how to make a bunch of smoothies, and taste test several smoothies/juices. But the best part of my job was being able to take home a free smoothie at the end of every shift. I took full advantage of this perk by either making a standard smoothie off of their menu or customizing one based on whatever I was craving that day. Not surprisingly, I instantly fell in love with the Chocolate Moo'd and Peanut Butter Moo'd drinks, which are basically chocolate and peanut butter milkshakes. Since I love both chocolate and PB, I would often combine the two ingredients so I could experience the best of both worlds.
Sadly, after I stopped working there I haven't really had a chocolate peanut butter moo'd, partly due to some health violations I witnessed and partly due to the fact that this beverage is super unhealthy. According to the nutrition facts available on their website, both of the moo'd drinks range from 430 - 770 calories!!!
Last night, as I was debating on what oatmeal variation to make for breakfast, I remembered about this magical Chocolate Peanut Butter Moo'd drink I used to enjoy back in the day and decided I would make a healthy oatmeal version. This one is in an almost empty peanut butter jar but it would also work in a bowl or a mug. And now, without further ado, I present Chocolate Peanut Butter Moo'd Overnight Oatmeal (whoo that's a mouthful!).

Chocolate Peanut Butter Moo'd Overnight Oatmeal
Overnight Mix:

1/4 C old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 C milk
6 oz nonfat greek yogurt
2 tbsp of peanut butter
1 tbsp of cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp of chia seeds

Morning Toppings:

1 tbsp of peanut butter
Sprinkle of cacao nibs or chocolate chips


Although I haven't had the real thing in eons, I really liked this oatmeal version. I reduced the amount of oatmeal and increased the amount of yogurt to soften the oats and create a thicker, smoothie-like texture. So, it was like oatmeal meets smoothie/shake. Overall, this breakfast version is tasty, filling, and much healthier. A very good alternative that hits the spot without all the calories and fat to weigh you down.

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