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Banana Nut Overnight Oats

February 9, 2016

Prep your breakfast in 5 minutes or less with these Banana Nut Overnight Oats. Pop them in the fridge overnight for an easy, healthy and nutritious breakfast waiting for you in the morning.

I feel like people are in two camps when it comes to oatmeal – they either love it or despise it. I’m willing to bet if you’re not in love with oatmeal, you likely aren’t adding enough fun flavors in!

Over the years my morning oats have made quite the transformation. They started off pretty basic with just some bananas and nuts before I dove into some crazier flavors like this mocha version or this pumpkin spice latte version. Likewise, my overnight oats photo styling has seemed to have gotten a little fancier…Can you blame me?

But sometimes you gotta go back to the basics! I created these Banana Nut Overnight Oats and they were too good not to share.

Why Overnight Oats?

I love overnight oats for a few reasons:

  1. Number one has got to be how easy they are! Just mix and set it in your refrigerator! Will close to no effort, you get to wake up to a delicious breakfast.
  2. The second reason is the temperature! I know that sounds weird but I love that it’s cold oatmeal! I don’t crave a hot bowl of oatmeal in the summer usually so this is my fix.
  3. Lastly, I love that the flavor combinations are truly endless. Once you feel comfortable making this recipe, try some fun additions like nut butter or fresh berries!

Prep your breakfast in 5 minutes or less with these Banana Nut Overnight Oats. Pop them in the fridge overnight for an easy, healthy and nutritious breakfast waiting for you in the morning.

Banana Nut Overnight Oat Ingredients

  • rolled oats – grab gluten-free oats if necessary.
  • chia seeds – adds fiber, protein and healthy fats! It also helps thicken the overnight oats.
  • banana – adds sweetness and obviously the banana flavor!
  • chopped walnuts – I toasted these for extra flavor. Walnuts are also packed with healthy fats.
  • unsweetened almond milk – you can use any dairy-free milk.
  • optional – add extra maple syrup or honey for extra sweetness.

How to Toast Walnuts

If you haven’t toasted walnuts before, it’s super simple! Start by preheating your oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat for easy clean up. Spread raw walnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 350ºF for about 8 minutes. Keep an eye on them and toss as needed! They’re done when they are golden brown and fragrant.

Prep your breakfast in 5 minutes or less with these Banana Nut Overnight Oats. Pop them in the fridge overnight for an easy, healthy and nutritious breakfast waiting for you in the morning.

How to Make Overnight Oats

STEP 1: Add your mashed banana, rolled oats, chia seeds and toasted walnuts to an airtight container. I like using a mason jar!

STEP 2: Top the mixture with almond milk, maple syrup and extra sweetener if using. Stir to combine.

STEP 3: Put the lid securely on the container and give it a good shake to make sure everything is well combined. Place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.

STEP 4: When you’re ready to enjoy, you can add a little almond milk to thin it out (if desired), top with sliced bananas and walnuts and enjoy!

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Banana Nut Overnight Oats

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 large, ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted*
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (+ more for adding in morning)
  • optional: added maple syrup or honey for extra sweetness**

Instructions

  1. To an airtight container or mason jar add your mashed banana, rolled oats, chia seeds and toasted walnuts.
  2. Top with almond milk, maple syrup + added sweetener (if using) and stir.
  3. Close top and give it a good shake to ensure everything is well-mixed.
  4. Place in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.
  5. In the morning add additional almond milk to thin out (if desired) and top with additional sliced banana and chopped walnuts.

*I highly recommend toasting your walnuts for added flavor. I toast mine in the oven at 350 for around 8 minutes
**whether or not you add this will depend on your tastebuds and how ripe your banana is.

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Prep your breakfast in 5 minutes or less with these Banana Nut Overnight Oats. Pop them in the fridge overnight for an easy, healthy and nutritious breakfast waiting for you in the morning.

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  • Reply
    Roxy
    March 29, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    I have a tough time eating bfast and this recipe is my new fav go to! Thanks for explaining how to toast the nuts! This was a life hack for me. I add cinnamon to the mashed banana, & honey, then add my oats mixing well after each addition so my oats are well flavored. I made 5/6 holes in my mixture, then added the chia seeds & mix again. I also added a little extra almond milk the second time (just for preference). I mixed well again after adding the almond milk. This is my favorite way to use my Tupperware my mom gave me. Ty!!

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    blue
    February 16, 2018 at 6:31 am

    hi, thanks for this recipe! it looks delicious! would you please clarify how many servings it yields?

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 19, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Serves two! Sorry about that. Some serving sizes were dropped when I redesigned that site. Enjoy!

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