Wake up to these yummy, eat to make Banana Overnight Oats … they taste just like banana bread, and they’re the perfect way to start your day!
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Have you recovered from the holidays yet?
As much as I love spending time with family and friends, enjoying the festivities, and indulging in treats (so many treats!), I absolutely adore this time of year. There’s nothing better than the fresh start and possibilities of a new year, and I honestly can’t wait to get back into a regular routine!
One area I definitely need to get back on track with is eating healthier food. I’m generally a pretty healthy eater, but things went a little haywire over the holiday season.
My diet pretty much consisted of carb, carbs, carbs, cookies, and more carbs. There was also plenty of cheese. I’m originally from Wisconsin, after all.
If you’re in the same boat as me, instead of a whole diet overhaul, try making small changes that are easier to stick to. Starting the day with a nutritious breakfast is always a good idea, especially when it’s something as yummy as these Banana Overnight Oats!
Banana Overnight Oats
If you’ve hung around here for a while, you probably know that I LOVE overnight oats!
I don’t know about your house, but my mornings are always hectic. Breakfast is non-negotiable for me though, no matter how busy I am. Which is one reason overnight oatmeal is a go-to meal around here (along with my fave breakfast sandwich).
Simply prep your oats at night, then grab and go in the morning … it really doesn’t get much easier. And if you’re into meal prep, you’ll be happy to know that you can make multiple jars of these tasty oats in advance.
I’ve experimented with lots of oatmeal flavors, but these Banana Nut Overnight Oats are definitely a favorite! The taste totally reminds me of banana bread, which makes them feel like a breakfast treat. And what morning isn’t better with a little treat?
Banana Bread Overnight Oats Ingredients
These delicious Banana Oats are made with simple, wholesome ingredients. You probably already have most of them in your pantry!
Here’s what you’ll need:
You will also need a mason jar (or another covered container) to make this Banana Nut Oatmeal. I used small jars for my photos, but a pint size jar will hold your toppings a little better … especially if you will be eating your breakfast on the go.
A couple quick tips about the ingredients:
- Make sure to use Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats, not instant or quick-cooking oats.
- Do you eat a gluten-free diet? While oats are naturally gluten-free, if you’re gluten-intolerant, make sure to choose oats that are specifically labeled gluten-free. That way, you’ll avoid the possibility of cross contamination with other grains.
- To make vegan overnight oats, simply use your favorite dairy free milk … almond milk, coconut milk, etc. will all work.
- There isn’t a lot of sweetener in these oats (just one teaspoon of maple syrup), but if you’re cutting back on sugar, try leaving it out. The banana helps to naturally sweeten the oats anyway.
- If you don’t like walnuts, skip them (or use a different kind of nut).
How to Make Banana Overnight Oatmeal
So let’s talk about how to make this Banana Overnight Oats recipe!
First of all, if you’ve never made overnight oatmeal before, make sure to check out my article on How to Make Overnight Oats.
From ingredients to toppings (and so much more), it breaks down everything you could ever want to know about this easy breakfast recipe into a simple tutorial.
This Banana Oats recipe is so simple. Here are the basic steps:
- Grab a clean mason jar (or another container with a lid).
- Add the oats, milk (regular or dairy-free), mashed banana, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt to the jar.
- Mix everything well, then cover the jar and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, top the oats with sliced banana and chopped walnuts.
I usually make three to four jars of this overnight Banana Oatmeal at a time. That way my breakfast is set for a few days.
If you know that your morning will be rushed, you can add the banana-walnut topping at night. Just don’t add the toppings more than a day ahead of time. Otherwise, your bananas might turn brown.
So, you may be wondering … do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?
There’s no wrong way to eat overnight oats, but I usually enjoy them cold. If you prefer your Banana Oats hot, simply warm them in the microwave for a few seconds before eating.
Whether you enjoy this Banana Bread Overnight Oats hot or cold, this is one breakfast recipe your whole family is sure to love.
And the best part (aside from their delish taste), is that this easy overnight oatmeal takes minutes to make!
Wake up to these yummy Banana Overnight Oats!
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick-cooking)
- 1/2 cup milk *
- 1/4 banana, mashed
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash cinnnamon
- pinch salt
- 1/4 banana, sliced
- 2 teaspoons chopped walnuts
Combine oats, milk, mashed banana, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in a mason jar. Mix well.
Cover oats and refrigerate overnight or for at least four hours.
To serve, top oats with sliced banana and walnuts. Enjoy!
*To make this Banana Oatmeal vegan, simply use your favorite vegan milk.
Loved these Banana Nut Overnight Oats?
If you enjoyed these tasty oats, make sure to check out my other overnight oatmeal recipes:
Have you tried overnight oatmeal … what is your favorite flavor?