These Banana Overnight Oats are easy to make with hearty oats, bananas and crunchy walnuts. It’s the perfect healthy make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings and only needs 5 minutes of prep time! Gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan and a healthy and satisfying breakfast everyone will love!
Easy Banana Overnight Oats Recipe
Looking for quick and easy breakfasts for the new year? These Banana Overnight Oats take less than 5 minutes to make and are perfect for busy mornings. They’re made with uncooked rolled oats that you soak with liquid for about 4-5 hours (or overnight). Then in the morning, you have a healthy breakfast ready to enjoy. Other Overnight Oats recipes we love include Blueberry Overnight Oats, Peanut Butter Overnight Oats and these Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats!
Why we love this healthy breakfast recipe
These Banana Nut Overnight Oats use simple kitchen staples and are super easy to customize depending on what you have in your pantry. This no cook recipe is perfect when you have some overripe bananas sitting on your counter and you don’t feel like turning on the oven. We love that you can make a batch on meal prep Sunday with your favorite flavors.
They’re gluten-free, refined-sugar free, vegan and can easily be made grain-free, paleo, low carb using my Keto Overnight Oats recipe.
Recipe Ingredients you need:
All you need to make overnight oats are just a few simple pantry ingredients:
- Oats: Overnight oats are typically made with old-fashioned rolled oats and sometimes quick oats. Use gluten free as needed.
- Non-dairy milk: Use your favorite dairy or dairy-free milk you like or have on hand. We usually like to use unsweetened almond milk but coconut milk, cashew milk all work great for a vegan option.
- Chia Seeds: Chia seeds give overnight oats that thick pudding-like texture and add extra fiber but feel free to leave them out if you aren’t a fan.
- Banana: be sure to use a very ripe banana that you’ll mash in. If you prefer a chunkier texture, you can just chop it instead.
- Liquid Sweetener: Leave out or use any sweetener you like – honey, maple syrup, a ripe banana, dates or any low-carb liquid sweetener like stevia, monk fruit or erythritol will work.
- Spices: ground cinnnamon + nutmeg
- Walnut: chopped
How to make Banana Overnight Oats
- COMBINE THE INGREDIENTS: Start by combining rolled or old fashioned oats with almond milk in a 8 oz. mason jar, resealable container or a bowl. These 7 oz jars are the ones you actually see in the photos and are currently my favorite ones.
- ADD BANANANA AND SWEETENER: Add mashed banana, sweetener if using and spices.
- CHILL IN FRIDGE: Seal up the container and park it in the fridge overnight.
- ENJOY COLD OR WARM-UP: The next morning, you can heat the glass jar up in the microwave for a hot breakfast or enjoy your overnight oats cold straight from the fridge. You can add more milk and any fun toppings of your choice.
Overnight Oat Variations:
- Sweetener: use your preferred liquid sweetener. Pure maple syrup, Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup, yacon syrup, coconut nectar syrup, agave or honey if not vegan.
- Yogurt – You can add a combination of plant based milk and vegan yogurt to make your oats extra creamy .
- Nut butter: use any nut butter or seed butter you like. Almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter.
- Fruit: add strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or chopped apples
- Add-ins: you can add sunflower seeds, shredded coconut or chopped nuts or mini dairy-free chocolate chips.
Storage and meal prep:
Overnight oats are perfect for meal prep! You can make 5-7 jars and enjoy one throughout the week!
How long can you keep overnight oats?
Overnight oats without fruit should last int he fridge for up to 7 days. The ones with fruit will be best up to 4 days.
Do you eat overnight oats cold or hot?
You can enjoy overnight oats both ways. Enjoy them straight from the fridge with more toppings or heat them up in the microwave in a heat-safe bowl or container (or you can even heat them up in a pot over the stove).
Flavor options for overnight oats:
Strawberry Overnight Oats, Carrot Cake Overnight Oats or for more Overnight Oatmeal options – be sure to check this post out with 9 fun flavors!
More easy oatmeal recipes you will love!
These Banana Overnight Oats are easy to make with hearty oats, bananas and crunchy walnuts. It's the perfect healthy make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings and only needs 5 minutes of prep time! Gluten-free, refined sugar-free, vegan and a healthy and satisfying breakfast everyone will love!
- 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 2/3 - 3/4 cup almond milk , or your favorite milk for a non-vegan version - you can add half milk and half Greek yogurt for creaminess as well
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1/2 very ripe mashed banana , or chopped if you prefer a chunkier texture
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup , or sub with your favorite liquid sweetener: Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup, coconut nectar syrup or honey (if not vegan)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp walnuts , chopped
Add oats, milk, chia seeds,(and sweetener if desired) together in a mason jar, resealable container or a bowl.
(If you like your oatmeal more creamier, you can add more milk and less if you like them on the chunkier side - you can also add an extra 2 tablespoons yogurt (dairy free if needed) to make them creamier).
- Add mashed banana, cinnamon and sweetener, if using.
- Shake jar or mix and combine with a spoon. Seal and chill in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Serve with more milk as desired and top with fresh banana slices and walnuts before serving, if desired.