Breakfast

Banana Bread Overnight Oats

Banana Bread Overnight Oats are a quick, simple and healthy breakfast recipe that only takes a few minutes to make. This recipe is sweetened with banana and just a touch of maple syrup and topped with pecans, chocolate chips, cacao nibs or coconut!
a hand holding an meal prep container that has three different sections and each one is filled with pecans, cacao nibs and the banana bread overnight oats.

why you’ll love this recipe

  • Banana Bread Overnight Oats are jam packed with fiber and protein making them an amazingly healthy breakfast.
  • These oats are quick and easy to make!
  • They come together in just about 5 minutes and make for the perfect meal prep all week long.
  • Sweetened with banana and just a touch of maple syrup.
  • As written this recipe is vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.
  • Make this recipe gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats.
  • Switch it up by adding on different toppings each day.
  • A perfectly healthy and hearty breakfast ready for you the second you wake up!
  • Check out my peaches overnight oats for another great meal prep idea.
all the ingredients that you need to make these banana bread overnight oats.

Ingredients and Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Banana Bread Overnight Oats. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full ingredient list and instructions.

Use old fashioned rolled oats, not quick or steel oats. Use certified gluten free oats if needed.

Any type of milk works. To keep this recipe vegan and plant-based use a dairy free milk such as almond milk, cashew milk, or pistachio milk. For a nut free option, use regular milk, coconut milk or oat milk.

Use fresh banana for best results. You may be able to use frozen banana, but let it thaw first so that you can mash it into the oats.

Chia seeds add a lovely texture to these overnight oats making them thick and creamy, all while adding in a boost of healthy fats and protein.

A touch of cinnamon adds a great flavor and gives these oats a warm taste.

Pure maple syrup adds natural sweetness. You can use honey, agave or date syrup if desired. For a sugar free version, omit. The oats will be pretty sweet with just the banana.

Vanilla extract adds a lovely flavor, omit if desired.

For the toppings I used pecans, chocolate chips, cacao nibs and unsweetened shredded coconut. Feel free to add on whatever toppings you desire such as fresh fruit, different types of nuts, or nut butter.

How to make

ONE: Start by mashing the banana with a fork or potato masher until there are little to no chunks left.

TWO: In a jar or container, add in the mashed banana, oats, almond milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla extract and maple syrup. Mix with a fork for about 1 minute or until all ingredients are well incorporated.

THREE: Cover and store in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.

FOUR: The next morning add on your favorite toppings and enjoy!

tips and tricks

First mix together the dry ingredients, then add in the wet.

Use an airtight container to lock in the fresh ingredients.

If you don’t like the texture of overnight oats, try adding granola on top for some crunch or try blending them for a smooth, pudding like texture instead.

taste and texture

These Banana Bread Overnight Oats taste just like banana bread, but better! They are slightly sweet and full of flavor. You taste the banana and a touch of the maple syrup with each bite. The pecans added on top add a lovely crunch and switches up the texture.

The texture is creamy and soft. If you don’t like the texture of overnight oats you can add granola on top or you can blend them and the texture will be more like pudding. Check out my blended overnight oats recipe for directions on how to do that.

three meal prep containers filled with the banana bread overnight oats stacked on top of one another.

My Favorite Containers For Overnight Oats

These are the jars that are shown in the photos, they are spice jars, but work great for overnight oats.

Alternatively, you can also use weck jarsmason jarsthese glass jars with plastic lids, or these glass jars with a bamboo lids.

frequently asked questions

How long do overnight oats needs to soak?

Generally a minimum of 4 hours and they will be ready to eat.

How long do overnight oats generally last for?

They will stay fresh and ready to eat up to 5 days. In my opinion they taste best up to three days which is why I typically only prep 3 days out, however, they are still fresh to eat at day 5!

Can I use steel cut or quick oats?

Unfortunately, no. The texture won’t be the same.

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Banana Bread Overnight Oats

Banana Bread Overnight Oats are a quick, simple and healthy breakfast recipe that only takes a few minutes to make. This recipe is sweetened with banana and just a touch of maple syrup and topped with pecans, chocolate chips, cacao nibs or coconut!
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
5 minutes
COOK TIME:
4 hours
TOTAL TIME:
4 hours, 5 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mashed banana 
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds 
  • 3/4 almond milk 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp maple syrup 

Toppings: pecans, mini chocolate chips, cacao nibs, coconut.

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

1 serving

Directions

  1. Start by mashing the banana with a fork or potato masher until there are little to no chunks left.
  2. In a jar or container, add in the mashed banana, oats, almond milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla extract and maple syrup. Mix with a fork for about 1 minute or until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Cover and store in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
  4. The next morning add on your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

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