Banana Bread Overnight Oats

bowl of overnight oats with one hand holding bowl and another the spoon

These Banana Bread Overnight Oats are made with fresh banana, vanilla extract and loaded with all the toppings! Thick, creamy and so delicious!

This recipe was originally published in January 2018 – I’ve since updated the photos and included more detailed instructions!

Overnight oatmeal is the best thing to ever be invented. Seriously. I know it’s 2020, but when it comes to food trends, I’m still ALL about overnight oats.

bowl of plain overnight oats

I mean, seriously! You prep it when you’re still functional and happy (aka at night before bed) and then you wake up. You may be a tad bit grumpy or you may have hit the snooze button about 20 times (true life) BUT ALAS, you have breakfast already prepared for you!

And bonus points? If you woke up with time to spare (unlike me!), feel free to pour your oats into a bowl and add extra toppings!

close up of the toppings on Banana Bread Overnight Oats

But truly, what I love about oatmeal is that it sticks to your ribs. It really keeps me full up until lunch. And believe me, I’m a huge snacker. But this breakfast will keep me full until lunch arrives. Unless someone offers me a cookie. Then all bets are off! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Why Overnight Oats are So Good: 

You know how when oatmeal can sometimes gets too thick? Like, it gets kind of dry and chunky?  Not these Banana Bread Overnight Oats! They literally somehow defy the norm and maintain their creaminess and thickness at the same time. 

I think it has to do with the fact that all of the ingredients really have the chance to meld together overnight into this beautiful symphony of flavor that you get to consume in the morning. It’s just wonderful.

bowl of Banana Bread Overnight Oats with golden spoon

I promise that once you switch to overnight oats, you never go back. There is just something about having them so cold and creamy that makes them so delightful.

Also, did I mention that it tastes like banana bread? Yeah, that golden nugget of truth takes this oatmeal to another level. So let’s get into it! 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • ripe banana 
  • quick cooking oats 
  • milk (of your choice) 
  • cinnamon 
  • vanilla extract 
  • honey (or maple syrup!) 
  • toppings like: extra banana, pecans and peanut butter

How To Make Banana Bread Overnight Oats: 

To a mason jar (or small tupperware bowl), add a ripe banana. Using a fork, mash it until it’s very much mashed! 

Next, add in the quick oats to the same bowl. Mix together. Add in the cinnamon next, that cozy irreplaceable spice! 

side view of bowl

Add in your choice of milk. I’ve used everything from whole milk to almond to cashew milk…it all works and is delicious! 

Lastly, add in the vanilla extract and the honey!

The vanilla extract gives it that freshly baked flavor. Not to mention the honey which gives it a subtle but not overwhelming sweetness. It’s so amazing, y’all. 

two hands holding bowl of oats

(Side note, I have also used maple syrup in this which works well!) 

Mix all of this up until it’s fully combined. Pop a lid on top and let it sit overnight. In a hurry? This usually will set within 1 hour if you can’t afford to let it sit overnight. This is how it will look once it’s all set: 

freshly set overnight oats in tupperware bowl

Banana Bread Overnight Toppings: 

  • additional sliced bananas 
  • pecans (or walnuts) 
  • additional honey or maple syrup 
  • peanut butter or nut butter 
  • mini chocolate chips 

mixed together bowl of Banana Bread Overnight Oats

I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe….check down below for some more overnight oats inspo! XO! 

Did you like this recipe? Here are some other oatmeal recipes!

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats 

Peaches and Cream Overnight Oats 

Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats

Gingerbread Oatmeal 

5 from 4 votes

Banana Bread Overnight Oats

a bakery style twist on classic overnight oats - creamy, cozy and flavorful!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword banana bread overnight oats, banana overnight oats, breakfast meal prep, easy breakfast recipes, easy overnight oats, meal prep breakfast recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Fridge Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 person


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed (can save some for topping)
  • 1 cup milk of choice (whole, almond, cashew, etc.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp pecans (optional - for topping)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (optional - for topping)


  1. Add a ripe banana to a medium mason jar or tupperware bowl. Mash banana with a fork until fully mashed. Add oats. Mix together.

  2. Add cinnamon and mix.

  3. Add milk of your choice along with honey and vanilla extract Stir together or put lid on mason jar and shake it up. Make sure it's all fully combined!

  4. Place in fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning. Top with additional banana, pecans or peanut butter. Enjoy!ย 

Recipe Notes

In a rush? These oats usually will set within one hour in the fridge if you don't have time to leave them overnight. Enjoy!

Honey substitutes: maple syrup, brown sugar, agave syrup, cane sugar.ย 

Topping Options: pecans, walnuts, granola, peanut butter, any nut butter, extra cinnamonย 

11 comments / Add your comment below

    1. Hi Laura! I usually eat them cold but if you want them warm, just pop them in the microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds in the morning and they work just fine ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. 5 stars
    I’d definitely have to make time for toppings! This looks so creamy, satisfying and delicious, Haylie! Love the banana bread spin here ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ve been loving oats lately so this needs to happen soon!

  2. 5 stars
    Overnight oats are definitely a classic meal prep breakfast. Love the banana bread spin on these. They look ultra creamy and hearty, and all of those toppings are just perfect!

  3. I don’t use a lot of these recipes or come here often anymore because so many of them you do not have quantity except maybe, ‘a banana’ Was looking at the oatmeal ones and that’s how they are.

    1. Hi Toni! I’m so sorry that you’re not getting what you need from my website! ๐Ÿ™ Are you looking at the recipe card? For this specific recipe, yes, it does just indicate that you need a banana – I’m happy to specify further! I can change it to a “medium ripe banana”. For my other oatmeal recipes, I am happy to help you with issues you might have if you’d like to reach out to me directly. I hope you give my website another shot! Thanks for being here! -Haylie

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