I’m going to tell you a funny story about overnight oats. When Andrew and I first started dating a few years back, there was one morning I sent him to work with a jar of overnight oats. He must have really liked them because a few days later he asked me if I could “make some of those morning after oats again” – by the time I figured out what he meant, I was laughing so hard! It stuck though, and to this day we still jokingly call them “morning after” oats at our house.
Overnight oats are one of my favorite make ahead, easy meal prep breakfasts. They’re super portable and keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days, healthy yet filling, plus there’s a pretty much endless possibility of flavors you could come up with. Today I’m sharing my recipe for banana bread overnight oats, but I’ll also include some helpful tips on building your perfect breakfast.
The basic building blocks of overnight oats:
Oats: Duh! Old fashioned oats work best. Full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, they’re wonderfully filling and a great way to start off the day. Although naturally gluten free, if you are gluten intolerant like me you’ll want to make sure that you’re buying a brand that is certified gluten free – oats are one of the most highly cross contaminated food items out there.
Non-Dairy Milk: This is up to you and your preference. I’ve found that I like nut milks like almond or cashew the best, but coconut would lend itself to extra creamy oats. You could also try oat milk for double the oat flavor!
Non-Dairy Yogurt: I recommend a thicker coconut or greek-style yogurt. Look for unsweetened – many yogurt brands can have upwards of 10 grams of sugar per serving.
Chia Seeds: Not required, but I highly recommend adding 1 tbsp per 1 cup of oats for a thicker, creamier texture. As an added health bonus, chia seeds contain more omega-3 fatty acids (the good kind of fat!) than salmon in a gram-for-gram comparison.
Natural Sweetener: Also not required, but most people will prefer their oats with a little sweetness. You can use mashed banana like I do in this recipe, or a small amount of maple syrup or honey also tastes lovely.
Spices, Flavors, Toppings: Now this is where we get to the fun part! Go wild! Get creative! Or go basic! It’s honestly up to you and I encourage you to use this as a way to try new flavor combinations and mix in a variety of nutrients from nuts, seeds, and fruit.
Banana Bread Overnight Oats
- 1 cup oats
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 5oz container non dairy, unsweetened vanilla yogurt plain will also work, just see note below on vanilla
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp vanilla up to 1/4 or 1/2 tsp if using plain yogurt
- 2 scoops collagen peptides *OPTIONAL*
- sliced banana
- non dairy yogurt
- nut butter
- hemp hearts
- bee pollen
- In a bowl or large tupperware container, first peel and mash your banana with a fork. Then add in all your other ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Portion into two containers or jars, cover, and refridgerate overnight.
- In the morning, add your favorite toppings, and dig in!