Make your mornings a breeze with this Banana Overnight Oats recipe. Prep almost an entire weeks worth of breakfasts at one time, and enjoy overnight oats every morning. Banana Overnight Oats are made with old fashioned oats, milk, mashed banana, cinnamon, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and honey. Top them with sliced bananas, nut butter, granola, or berries!
Banana Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats have been a long standing favorite breakfast of mine for years and years. My heaviest overnight oats phase was in graduate school. I remember getting up super early to workout and then I would get to my morning class early and enjoy the same overnight oats every single day. It was just too good to have anything different! I'm finally sharing my favorite Banana Overnight Oats recipe, years later!
What You'll Need
Old Fashioned Oats - I wouldn't use quick oats or steel cut oats for this recipe. Quick oats would become too mushy and steel cut oats. If you're looking for a steel cut oatmeal recipe, check this one out!
Milk - I used unsweetened oat milk for this recipe. You can really use any kind of milk you prefer. I also love unsweetened vanilla almond milk!
Banana - mashed banana goes right into the overnight oats mixture. You can also serve topped with some sliced banana, if you'd like.
Honey - just a tablespoon or two is all you need. This also depends on what kind of milk you use. If you use sweetened oat or almond milk, you can probably omit or only add a tablespoon of honey for sweetness.
Chia Seeds - chia seeds add a great texture to overnight oats, and a boost of nutrition!
Greek Yogurt - I stir in yogurt prior to serving to add a boost of protein along with a creamy texture. Note: if you don't want to add yogurt, that's totally fine! You can make this Banana Overnight Oats without yogurt if you prefer. Simply add a few tablespoons of milk the morning of to loosen up the texture.
How to Make Banana Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are so simple to make. Bonus: they are made ahead of time so there is minimal meal prep in the morning!
Mash the banana. This recipe uses mashed banana so you will start by mashing a ripe banana.
Combine the ingredients. In a bowl, combine the mashed banana, honey, vanilla, oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt, and milk and stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Add the yogurt. In the morning, stir in the yogurt and divide into bowls for serving.
Garnish and enjoy! Top with additional sliced bananas and a drizzle of nut butter, if desired.
Banana Overnight Oats FAQ's
Are Overnight Oats Healthy?
Yes! Overnight oats are filled with all of the nutrition from oats, which include fiber, a whole grain, and a lot of nutrients. It also contains protein and calcium from milk, and fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids from the chia seeds. This overnight oats recipe is low in added sugar, and is mostly sweetened from banana and honey.
What milk works best in overnight oats?
Really any kind of milk will work when making over night oats. There is information claiming water is the best for soaking oats, to boost iron absorption, so if that is important to you, use almond, oat, or cashew milk since they are water based.
Are Overnight Oats Eaten Cold?
Yes. After the oats sit overnight in the refrigerator, they have soaked up all of the liquid, making them a soft texture that is like oatmeal. They do not need to be heated up.
Are Banana Overnight Oats Gluten Free?
This overnight oats recipe with bananas is gluten free if you use gluten free oats, and gluten free oat milk (not all oat milk is gluten free).
What Toppings Should I Put On Overnight Oats?
These banana oats are delicious topped with more sliced bananas and (my favorite) a drizzle of peanut butter. You could drizzle with any sort of nut butter that you prefer, or sprinkle with some frozen or fresh berries and granola, too.