This easy make-ahead breakfast tastes like banana bread! Banana Bread Overnight Oats are a quick, healthy snack that can be enjoyed either hot or cold with little effort.
Are you looking for a healthy breakfast you can serve on busy mornings? Banana overnight oats are exactly you need. Imagine enjoying all the flavors of homemade banana bread in one simple overnight oats recipe. It’s almost as good as the real thing minus all that extra work.
These overnight oats are topped with sweet maple syrup and crunchy walnuts that elevates the banana bread flavor. It’s one of my favorite hectic morning meals because I can do all the meal prep the night before. All you have to do is grab out of the fridge in the morning, get a spoon and dig in. You can add a drizzle of maple syrup on top too if you like.
Customize it with your favorite toppings to suit your taste. It’s high in fiber and makes a filling breakfast to carry you over till lunch. I always look forward to mornings when I know I have banana bread overnight oats waiting for me in the refrigerator.
Why You’ll Love This Banana Bread Overnight Oats Recipe
- Make the night before and eat the next morning
- Easy breakfast for busy mornings
- Simple ingredients
- Tasty recipe with the comforting feel of banana bread
- Perfect remedy for morning hungry
- Sweet dessert-like flavor
- No cooking required
- Healthy breakfast that’s high in fiber
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- Medium mashed banana – You can also use half a large banana. Mash it up with a potato masher. Use ripe bananas because they will be sweeter.
- Rolled dry oats – These are also known as old-fashioned oats.
- Chopped walnuts
- Maple syrup – I prefer to use real maple syrup. Maple Lifestyle is one of my go-to maple syrup brands.
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
- Kosher salt
How to Make Banana Bread Overnight Oats
- Step One: Add mashed bananas to the bottom of a mason jar.
- Step Two: Stir in remaining ingredients until combined.
- Step Three: Store, covered, in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours or overnight before serving.
- Step Four: Serve with sliced bananas and a drizzle of maple syrup.
- Mason jars – Either 8 ounce or 16 ounce mason jars will work. If you use the bigger size, you’ll have more room for extra toppings.
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Potato masher
What to Serve with Overnight Oats
Though they are a meal on their own, you could choose to pair them with other food and drinks.
Variations and Substitutions
- Use almond milk or another non-dairy milk instead of regular milk.
- Add some chia seeds or flax seeds.
- Use sea salt instead of kosher salt.
- Add some dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs for a chocolate chip banana bread taste
Substitute almond extract for the vanilla extract.
- Add peanut butter or almond butter for peanut butter banana bread taste.
- Use brown sugar or monk fruit sweetener instead of maple syrup for sweetness.
- Add 1 tablespoon of protein powder of your choice. Chocolate, vanilla or peanut butter flavor would be yummy.
- Not a fan of walnuts? Leave them out.
How to Serve
I recommend serving in a glass jar like a mason jar with a lid or a storage bowl with a lid. You want it to soak in the fridge in a container that has a lid and then you can just eat it out of its container.
I love topping mine with fresh banana slices and extra maple syrup.
Store overnight oats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Can I Freeze?
Yes, you can freeze overnight oats for up to 3 months. Make sure to not add any of the toppings though. Thaw it first and then add your extra toppings.
Do You Eat Overnight Oatmeal Cold?
This Banana Bread Overnight Oats recipe is best served cold. If cold oatmeal isn’t your thing, you can serve it warm by heating it in the microwave. My preference is cold, but try it out and see which you like better.
How Long Do Overnight Oats Need to Soak?
Overnight oats should soak in the fridge for 6 hours, at minimum. It’s best to leave them in there overnight if you can. They’ll taste delicious in the morning.
Can I Use Steel-Cut Oats?
I wouldn’t recommend to use steel-cut oats in your overnight oats. They’ll be tough and chewy. They don’t soften like the old-fashioned oats do.
Can I Use Quick Oats?
I wouldn’t recommend quick oats (instant oats) either. They’ll get way too soggy in the milk mixture. Old-fashioned oats are the way to go!
You’ll also like these Sticky Banana Croissants.
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Banana Bread Overnight Oats
- 1 banana (medium sized) mashed
- ½ cup rolled dry oats
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tbsp walnuts chopped
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- Pinch of kosher salt
- Add mashed bananas to the bottom of a mason jar.
- Stir in remaining ingredients until combined.
- Store, covered, in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours or overnight before serving.
- Serve with sliced bananas and a drizzle of maple syrup.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.