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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.

Like this post? Here are more overnight oat recipes to try:

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
    Rachel Tan
    January 9, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Hi! I made this but the mashed banana turned brownish… Is that suppose to happen? ?
    Thanks!

  • Reply
    Laura
    April 5, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    This was the first overnight oats recipe I’ve ever made – and now I am obsessed! So filling. Thank you!

  • Reply
    Carlyfrog6
    April 25, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    So is the oat meal cold? I am trying to figure that out. It looks super yummy!!!!?????

  • Reply
    Annb
    April 2, 2016 at 12:01 am

    after it sets in the fridge overnite can you warm it in the mason jar in the microwave if you wanted? Never really ate oatmeal cold

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      April 2, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      yes absolutely! Just add a bit more milk in the morning, stir it in and heat it up!

  • Reply
    Virginia
    April 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Can I use a frozen banana?

  • Reply
    Alla
    March 27, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    I think this recipe is missing something in step 2. Are you not supposed to add milk in this step? Because nowhere in Step 1 or 3 does it say to add milk except in the morning for thinning the oatmeal if you desire to do so in Step 5. Can someone clarify this please.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      March 28, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Yes- you are correct! Add almond milk in Step 2. I’ve fixed in the instructions. Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Emily
    February 17, 2016 at 11:57 am

    These look delish!! Can overnight oats sit for longer than overnight? i.e. could I make a batch for the week on Sunday? Thanks for my new breakfast inspiration!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 18, 2016 at 8:36 am

      For sure! I wouldn’t use a super ripe banana though since it may get a little yucky tasting after five days in the fridge but if your oats would be totally fine. Just stick to a just-ripe banana for the best results. Enjoy!

      • Reply
        Emily
        February 18, 2016 at 11:30 am

        Thanks!

  • Reply
    Gwen @ Delightful Adventures
    February 13, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    This recipe is definitely not basic. It’s exactly what breakfast should be. Easy, simple, healthy. Love it.

    And no! You are not crazy for wanting to go back in time! I am what I guess you’d call a newbie blogger and even though I can be impatient with some of the aspects of this blogging business at times, I do love things being so new, hitting new milestones, and learning/trying new things all the time. I will totally miss these early days, so I get what you are saying. Nostalgia always sucks me in, so I can see myself feeling like you when I get to where you are. Happy birthday THM! 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Aw thanks Gwen! I’m glad you understand! There’s something so special about everything being new. I love where I’m at but I definitely do miss being a newbie 🙂

  • Reply
    Cassie
    February 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Raw oats kiiiiiiiiiiiinda scare me, but I will cook them before making this recipe!

  • Reply
    Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    February 10, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Blogging while working 9-5 is tough! That’s when it turns into blogging once per month like it’s been for me lately haha. Oh well, at least overnight oats like this recipe makes the working life a little bit easier! 🙂

    • Reply
      Stella @ Stellicious Life
      February 11, 2016 at 9:26 am

      So true Chelsea! *sighs* But I guess it’s the sentimentality/nostalgia of things 🙂

      I’d love to be able to shoot midday (especially in these dreary gray winter months), but I’m left with either weekends or week day mornings, when the light is still so flat and gray.

      Anyway this BananaNut Overnight Oats looks sunny and yummy! (please excuse my sleep-deprived brain’s thoughts of funny…) I love toasted nuts! I usually toast them in a skillet for a few minutes, otherwise I might burn them in the oven.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

      I miss you!!! But it’s quality over quantity and every single one of your posts is amazing so it’s no biggie when you can’t pop in more often!

  • Reply
    Patricia @Sweet and Strong
    February 10, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    So inspiring since I’m somewhat of a new blogger trying to also balance a full time job. And I always have a fear of posting a recipe because it’s so ‘basic’ I think no one will like it. But this recipe is perfect! I love the idea of toasting the walnuts, I’m sure it definitely makes a huge difference. I haven’t made overnight oats in awhile but you have me craving them now!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      February 12, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Aw thank you Patricia! Keep up the amazing work. Hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂

  • Reply
    Sarah @ BucketListTummy
    February 10, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Well just found my overnight oat recipe for tomorrow! Toasting the nuts is a great idea – seems like it would bring SO much more flavor. I’ll probably have to add peanut butter too, since that’s a given!

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