This easy Banana Nut Overnight Oats recipe is perfect for busy mornings. It only needs 5 minutes of prep time! Made with hearty oats, bananas and crunchy walnuts, it’s a healthy and satisfying breakfast you’ll love.
Since these 8 overnight oats have been so popular lately, I’m slowly trying to give each of those recipes their own post along with the nutritional breakdown.
If you’ve never heard of overnight oats, they’re just uncooked oats that you soak with liquid for at least 4-5 hours (or overnight). They require less than 5 minutes of prep time and are super easy to customize and I love that you can make a batch on meal prep Sunday with your favorite flavors.
These Banana Nut Overnight Oats are simple and a classic favorite. 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..
WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE OVERNIGHT OATS?
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.
- 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.
- Milk: Use your favorite dairy or dairy-free milk you like or have on hand. We usually like to use almond but coconut milk, cashew milk all work great for a vegan option.
- Yogurt – You can add a combination of milk and yogurt to make your oats extra creamy .
- Fruit: Have fun with your toppings. Add fruit that won’t get mushy directly into the mason jar or toss them on directly on top of the oats when you’re ready to eat.
- 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.
- Nut or seed butter: Almond butter, cashew butter, pumpkin butter, sunflower seed butter and or peanut butter add that savory-nutty flavor and a certain creaminess.
HOW TO MAKE BANANA NUT OVERNIGHT OATS:
- Start by combining rolled or old fashioned oats with your favorite milk and / or coconut or Greek yogurt 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 mashed banana, sweetener if using and spices.
- Seal up the container and park it in the fridge overnight.
- 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.
FOR SUNDAY MEAL PREP:
OTHER FLAVOR OPTIONS FOR OVERNIGHT OATS:
Strawberry, blueberries or for more Overnight Oatmeal options – be sure to check this post out with 8 fun flavors!
Banana Nut Overnight Oats an easy make ahead gluten free breakfast for busy mornings on the go. Only 5 minutes of prep time made with hearty oats, bananas and crunchy walnuts.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats gluten free as needed
- 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 banana mashed or chopped for chunkier texture
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup honey or low carb liquid sweetener
- 1/2 tsp 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.