Want to try a delicious twist on your morning oats? Say hello to Banana Bread Overnight Oats, where the warm, comforting flavors of homemade banana bread meet the convenience of a grab-and-go breakfast!
If you love banana bread, you are going to love these banana bread overnight oats! Overnight oats make a delicious and nourishing breakfast and the flavors of banana bread are a pleasant and cozy twist. Try it cold or hot, we are sure these oats will be added to your weekly routine!
Reasons you’ll love these banana oats
- Hot or cold, these banana bread overnight oats are tasty both ways
- Portable and made in the same jar you eat this in
- The comforting flavors of banana bread will make you feel at home
- Easier than making banana bread from scratch, same great flavor
- Meal prep these oats to have breakfast all week
Ingredients for Banana Bread Overnight Oats
Creating Banana Bread Overnight Oats is a breeze thanks to its straightforward ingredient list. Gather your base overnight oats components along with the classic spices of banana bread and a sweet, ripe banana.
- Rolled Oats: Begin with 1/2 a cup of old-fashioned rolled oats; quick oats work too if that’s your preference.
- Milk: Maintain a 1:1 ratio of milk to oats, choosing any type of unsweetened milk you prefer—almond milk, regular milk, coconut milk, soy milk, or other.
- Sweetener: Honey or brown sugar can be used. The toasty notes provide a perfect sweet complement to the creamy banana.
- Chia Seeds: These little nutrient powerhouses not only assist in thickening the mixture by swelling when they come in contact with liquid.
- Vanilla Extract & Salt: Elevate the natural banana sweetness without piling on extra sugar with the help of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
- Cinnamon: No banana bread is complete without cinnamon and the same goes for banana bread overnight oats.
- Banana: Banana adds creaminess and natural sweetness (as well as makes it banana bread flavored). Wondering about different types of bananas? Learn more about different varieties of bananas here.
My Banana isn’t ripe!
If your banana isn’t ripe yet, pop it in the microwave for one minute, then mash. Bananas have this cool feature (if you can call it that) where they become sweeter as they are broken down, mashed, or eaten. This is because the cells contain sugars and oils that are released when broken. So between the heat and mashing, you can quickly turn an unripe banana into a ripe banana.
How to make Overnight Oats
Whipping up these banana bread overnight oats couldn’t be easier. Grab a spoon, a jar, and a 1/4 cup measuring cup, and let’s get mixing!
- Mash the banana in a jar
- Mix all of the other ingredients with the banana
- Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight
After trying out a bunch of different jars for overnight oats, these are my favorites!
Because bananas oxidize quickly, these overnight oats are best if eaten within 3 days. If you want it to last more than 3 days, I recommend making the oats without the banana first. Then, mix in the mashed banana the night before.
- For The Milk feel free to swap in plant-based milk or a flavored milk like vanilla.
- For The Chia Seeds, you can use ground flaxseeds or almond butter (cinnamon almond butter is super good!) instead.
Can you use frozen Bananas?
You might be surprised to learn that yes, you can use frozen bananas in overnight oats. But, they need to be cut into slices first and you have to plan to leave the oats in the fridge overnight. They will thaw as the oats sit in the fridge and you can mash it all together in the morning.
Make It Your Own!
- Add Nuts like walnuts or pecans to these overnight oats
- Add more sweetness by mixing in chocolate chips or drizzling with honey just before serving
- Make it warm by heating it in the microwave in the morning and top with a dollop of yogurt
More Overnight Oat Recipes You’ll Love
So you don’t get bored with your overnight oats, we’ve created a handful of other overnight oats recipes. Here are a few to start with!
- Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oats have that classic creamy texture with a burst of fresh strawberries.
- Chocolate Overnight Oats basically taste like brownie batter and what’s not to like about that?!
- Sea Salt & Date Overnight Oats are sweet and salty, just like your favorite salted caramel candy.
- Cookie Dough Overnight Oats are like your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough minus the egg.
- 1 banana
- ½ cup rolled oats 40 g
- ½ cup milk can use dairy-free, 120 mL
- 1 Tbsp honey or brown sugar 15 g
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds 7 g
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- Assemble: Mashed the banana with a fork into a chunky paste. Add all ingredients to a jar and stir to combine. Seal shut with a lid.
- Refrigerate: Set in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight, or until oats are soft.
- Serve: Serve chilled straight from the jar!