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Banana Bread Overnight Oats

This Banana Bread Overnight Oats recipe is an easy way to start the day with a healthy breakfast. Ripe bananas, whole grain oats and a drizzle of maple syrup give all the cozy feels of banana bread.

It’s easy to assemble overnight oats ahead of time for easy meal prep on busy mornings.

The top of a jar of overnight oats.

One of the most popular recipes on my website is Hawaiian Banana Bread and with good reason. I mean, who doesn’t like banana bread and banana bread muffins?

So I thought, why not take the flavors of the quintessential banana bread and put it into overnight oats form? Yum!

Ingredients

Ingredients for banana bread overnight oats laid on a table.
  • banana – pick a ripe banana but not overly ripe banana. You can freeze those to use in smoothies
  • vanilla extract
  • maple syrup
  • milk – I use whole milk, but you can use 2%, skim, or whatever milk you like
  • old-fashioned oats
  • ground flaxseed – you can substitute a tablespoon chia seeds if you like
  • ground cinnamon
  • sea salt
  • mini chocolate chips
  • chopped pecans

FAQS

How do you make overnight oats?

Overnight oats soak in a liquid, usually milk, overnight which softens them and is an alternative to cooking oats.

They’re cool and creamy instead of hot, making them perfect for summertime eating.

As for making them in a cute but also functional vessel, mason jars are perfect glass containers for making overnight oats.

Tip: A peanut butter lid works great on most standard mason jars!!

Cinnamon, oats, milk and spices in a jar of overnight oats.

Are instant oats suitable for overnight oats?

I like using an old fashioned, rolled oat for my overnight oats. They have a nice chewy texture and absorb the milk nicely.

The instant oats are chopped a bit more into pieces instead of being rolled flat.

Are overnight oats gluten free?

This recipe is gluten free as long as you use certified gluten free rolled oats. These are usually processed in a facility without gluten to give you peace of mind.

Can I make these into peanut butter banana oats?

Of course!!! To make peanut butter banana oats, add a tablespoon of peanut butter.

More overnight oats recipes

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Strawberry Overnight Oats

If you make this banana overnight oats recipe, leave a recipe rating or comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

made with love, Deanne
A jar of banana bread overnight oats sitting on a wood countertop with a dish towel.
Yield: 1 serving

Banana Bread Overnight Oats

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Banana Bread Overnight Oats are an easy way to start the day with a healthy breakfast. Ripe bananas, whole grain oats and a drizzle of maple syrup give all the cozy feels of banana bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 Tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoons pecans, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a small mason jar, add your banana. Smash well with a fork.
  2. Add in your vanilla, maple, and milk to mashed banana. Mix together.
  3. Add your oats, flaxseed, cinnamon and salt. Stir and mix together.
  4. Add your chocolate chips and nuts if using. Fold in.
  5. Cover with a lid, and place in the fridge overnight.

    Open the jar the next morning and enjoy!

Notes

  • If making this gluten free, be sure to use certified gluten free oats like these from Bob's Red Mill
  • Add a tablespoon of peanut butter to make peanut butter banana oats
  • Variations:

  • use dark chocolate chips
  • sub chopped walnuts for the pecans
  • fresh banana slices
  • cinnamon
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    1

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 571Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 257mgCarbohydrates: 89gFiber: 12gSugar: 43gProtein: 17g

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