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.
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!
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! 😉
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.
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)
- 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!
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.
(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:
Banana Bread Overnight Toppings:
- additional sliced bananas
- pecans (or walnuts)
- additional honey or maple syrup
- peanut butter or nut butter
- mini chocolate chips
I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe….check down below for some more overnight oats inspo! XO!
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Banana Bread Overnight Oats
a bakery style twist on classic overnight oats - creamy, cozy and flavorful!
- 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)
Add a ripe banana to a medium mason jar or tupperware bowl. Mash banana with a fork until fully mashed. Add oats. Mix together.
Add cinnamon and mix.
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!
Place in fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning. Top with additional banana, pecans or peanut butter. Enjoy!
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.
Topping Options: pecans, walnuts, granola, peanut butter, any nut butter, extra cinnamon