Overnight oats made with a delicious combination of bananas, strawberries, shredded coconut and chia seeds make a healthy and super easy breakfast. Can be made gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free.
Growing up in a busy family, our weekday breakfasts were always quick and easy. Cereal or instant oatmeal was the go-to but it was still my favorite meal of the day.
Even now, I’m usually dreaming about what to make for breakfast before going to bed. Because the weather is starting to warm up, I’ve switched from my regular hot bowl of oatmeal to different versions of overnight oats depending on how I feel.
If you’ve never made overnight oats, here are a few ingredients you’ll need when making it:
- Rolled Oats (be sure to use the same measuring cup when measuring out the liquid as well if using the same 1 to 1 ratio as I do)
- Liquid – your favorite milk, water, yogurt (I like to use almond milk and sometimes with a combination of Greek yogurt
- Sweetener (optional) – honey, maple syrup, agave, stevia, sugar
- Add-ins of your choice – nuts, fruit, shredded coconut, chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds etc.
- Glass jar, container with a lid, medium bowl, covered
I always have ripe bananas that are waiting to be used up, so I mashed one up and added it to my overnight oats along with diced strawberries, shredded coconut, chia seeds and some Greek yogurt.
Then you just pour as much of your favorite milk/water to the consistency that you like (feel free to add more or less) and mix it up and seal it overnight. Please be sure to use the same cup you used to measure the oats when you measure out the liquid otherwise the consistency won’t match mine.. The longer the oats sit, the thicker they will get so please allow them to sit for at least 5 or 6 hours either wise, you will have a watery runny mess.
I don’t usually have to add any sweetener since the banana and strawberries were sweet enough but you could totally add some if you’d like.
You can easily double the recipe or make a customized jar for each family member depending on what they like too.
Just under 5 minutes of prep work is all it takes and a healthy breakfast will be ready for you in the morning.
Once you wake up, you can choose to eat it cold right out of the jar or warm it up and pour it into a bowl. I like to top mine with some more sliced fruit.
It’s like having dessert for breakfast. Just grab a spoon!
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