This super brain-and-body-fueling breakfast (or anytime snack) couldn’t be easier, more fun, or more deliciously satisfying knowing you whipped it up in about a minute.
Even better, you can make a bunch of individual servings for the whole work week. Boom! Look at you go with your extra morning time.
Okay, you’ve probably heard of overnight oats where you make a similar recipe using raw oat flakes that absorb the liquid and help this solidify, but this breakfast/snack uses chia seeds, an ancient Native American superfood. When dry, chia seeds look like the tiny little seeds that you see on the outside of your strawberries, but when they absorb moisture, they plump up into protein-and-nutrient rich, easily digestible powerhouses to keep you driven.
At first, this will look like it’s too liquid-y to turn into a textured, solid pudding, but that’s the magic of the chia seeds: They can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid! So, when you stick your jars in the fridge overnight, the chia will do their thing.
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1 can coconut milk (can find in most grocery stores)
3 large bananas
1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
3 scoops Mdrive Brain
3 TBSP maple syrup or agave
12 TBSP chia seeds (whole, not ground)
Toppings of your choice (granola, strawberries, whatever floats your boat)
1 scoop Mdrive Start for extra chocolate flavor + protein boost
You’ll also need:
5x 8-oz mason jars with lids
Blend everything BUT the chia seeds in a blender until smooth. Then pour an even amount into your five mason jars.
Mix in 2-3 heaping tablespoons of whole chia seeds into each jar. Give them each a good mix with a spoon or utensil. Screw on the lids. Pop in the refrigerator and wait at least five (5) hours (i.e. overnight) for them to thicken up!
The result is a fairly light but decadent meal or snack that won’t weigh you down, but is filled with an awesome amount of nutrition including healthy fats, protein, and even some carbs. If you’re training hard and/or want some extra calories or crunch, toss on some granola.
A note on mason jars:
Cannot recommend them enough for practically anything kitchen related. I suggest having many of these on hand in a variety of sizes (8 oz, 12 oz, 32 oz, in particular). They can serve as de facto drink glasses (yes, beer, included); or to store extra sauces, soups, liquids; or really to store any extra food during meal prep or leftovers as they can take the place of ‘Tupperware,’ while taking up less space in your fridge (they’re more vertical). They also make great to-go containers for liquids or solid foods/snacks. Because they have screw on lids, you can take your morning beverage right into your vehicle and pop it into your cup holder, no spills!
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