Banana Bread Overnight Oats 1 1/2 cup rolled or steel cut oats 1/2 cup milk of choice 1/2 banana, mashed 2 T pecans or walnuts, chopped 2 tsp maple syrup or honey sea salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 T ground flax

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Banana Bread Overnight Oats

Banana Bread Overnight Oats

Just like banana bread straight from the oven, but with barely any effort, these Banana Bread Overnight Oats are breakfast you can wake up to–literally, because they are waiting for you in the morning!

So every time I post an Overnight Oats recipe here, I swear I say it is my absolute favorite. Well, this time I won’t say that, but I will say this is definitely my favorite today! Ha, see how I got around that one! I love my oats. Anyway I can play around with them and create a little something new it brings my taste buds much joy.

But really, these are my absolute favorite!

I don’t like messing around in the morning but I also want a good hearty breakfast. These Banana Bread Overnight Oats are the answer. I take about 15 minutes on Sunday or Monday and prepare an entire week’s worth of single serving jars. In the morning, I pop them in the microwave and they are good to go. I have also been having them as a mid-afternoon snack lately which really holds me over until dinner. Midday is the toughest time for me and it always has been.Β  If I don’t get a good snack in then I am just a crank the rest of the day because I am exhausted. So my coworkers are grateful for these I assume!

Is there a food that brings bake memories for you?

I feel like Banana Bread is one of those for so many of us. Whether it was Grandma’s recipe or time spent together with mom, there’s something about freshly baked bread–any kind really. Zucchini Bread was actually that for me. Every summer I would help bake loaf after loaf with my mom, to the point that I pretty much had the recipe memorized. I can still remember the oil stained index card that my grandma had written the recipe out on. Sigh, food and memories really can be powerful, and it seems like baking traditions can be some of the fondest.

What is your favorite food memory?

There is nothing like the smell of banana bread baking in the oven. It brings with it a feeling of comfort. We certainly don’t all have time to just toss a loaf together with our hectic schedules, so why not have it as your oats? Make sure you have a pretty ripe banana for this recipe. Mine were not too brown at all and still had the perfect flavor. You may not need any maple either if your bananas are super ripe as they will be much sweeter. I go back and forth on the maple–sometimes I just add a drizzle int he morning when serving. So go ahead and prep tonight so that fresh banana bread will be waiting for you when you wake up tomorrow!

If you love overnight oats as much as I do, check out my Overnight Oats Recipe Collection–the options are endless! Carrot Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, Blueberry Muffin and so many other flavors. Every time I think there are no other possibilities, I prove myself wrong!

One last thing, I get a LOT of questions about what containers I use to make my overnight oats. I use these Ball Jars. I prefer the wide mouth. They only end up filled about half way for a serving. The wide mouth makes it much easier for prepping as well as spooning out–win, win, right? I am prone to dropping many an oat on the ground so the wider the mouth the better.

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Banana Bread Overnight Oats



5 from 5 votes
Banana Bread Overnight Oats
Prep Time
5 mins
Servings: 1
  • 1/2 mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats regular or gluten free
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 2 T chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1 T ground flax
  • 2 tsp 100% pure maple syrup
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar that can be sealed and stir well.
  2. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Serve hot or cold.
  4. Garnish with some sliced banana or more nuts if desired.

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Banana Bread Overnight Oats. Wake up to fresh banana bread, but not your typical banana bread. Make these overnight oats ahead of time and breakfast is ready right when you wake up! #bananabread #oats #overnightoats #oatmeal #breakfastl


57 thoughts on “Banana Bread Overnight Oats”

  • Quinn, when putting the recipe together at night, you add uncooked oats. You can warm the recipe up in the morning though if you like, I usually do.

  • Hi Chelsea! I don’t typically do thenutrition breakdown mainly because I don’t could calories. However if you go to you can easily plug everything in to get it!

    • Same here, Lex! It’s my ultimate favorite. I mean, you really just can never go wrong with Banana Bread in my opinion. Thanks for sharing!

  • Okay, this is absolutely fabulous! With Lorie’s oatmeal ideas, you will never have the same oatmeal bowl for 2 weeks! Really enjoying these.

  • I had this for breakfast this morning, and I loved it! It was so nice to not have to wait for my oatmeal to cook and then cool down. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Hi Kim! This is my favorite overnight oats recipe of all time! So you put them in the fridge overnight uncooked. If you want to eat them warm in the morning, just pop them in the microwave for about 1 minute 30 seconds or so depending on your microwave. I hope you like them!

    • Hi Cari! Sorry I am just now responding. The reason these are so heinous is because you can use rolled oats without having to cook them stove top. Overnight, the oats soften as they soak in the milk. You could use quick oats but I think they will absorb the liquid differently so just add more or less based on your preference!

  • Hi, I wonder if your recipe could be made overnight without storing them in the fridge? I live in a dorm which has no fridge (poor me), but I can use the microwave at the office. Is there any advice or alternative recipe for it? I wanna try this since it looks so delicious and fit to my healthy breakfast plan, but I’m afraid the storage issue will make it horrible. Oats are not so cheap in Indonesia πŸ™

    • Hi! I’m not certain what the best solve for this is. Maybe if you used water instead of the milk and then add the banana in just before you eat. I imagine that may be the best way but I’m not sure how it will taste without the creaminess of the milk. Good luck!

  • Made yesterday! Great flavor. I made with the steel cut oats, and tried it cold, and found it to be a little hard still, but after popping it in the microwave to warm it up, it was much better, still had a bit of a bite, but I didn’t mind it. With using a really ripe banana and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, it was sweet enough without even have to have to add the maple syrup. And with a dollop of almond butter swirled in, it was perfection.

    Btw, I just discovered your website, and you have so many great Recipes, I def will be trying. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Hi Nicole! I’ve only been using rolled oats anymore as I feel the steel cut just never seem to soften quite the way I like it. But this is one of my FAVIRITE recipes. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Lora! I have made about 4 at a time with no problem. Every now and then I find that the one I eat on the 4th day seems just a bit dryer so I add in a little more almond milk and I am set to go! Enjoy!

  • So, does this recipe make enough for one 16oz jar? Do you know what size the jar is in the picture? I was thinking it looked more like an 8oz. Thanks in advance!

  • I’m chew chew chew chew cheeeeeewing this made with steel cut oats, and I wouldn’t recommend it. Had to microwave it 3 1/2 minutes with extra milk to soften slightly, and it overflowed in the microwave. I would not recommend others use the steel cut oats – I only did so because I have steel cut and quick oats (which I thought might get too mushy), but not rolled oats. Guess I’ll be investing in a third type!

    • I am right there with you. Some people swear by the steel cut oats, but I just don’t do them anymore for the same reason. I think I will actually delete them from the options because I feel like more people dislike them than like them. Sorry for your chewy experience!

  • Hi Lorie, you mentioned doing the whole week jar on Sunday. Does the mashed banana not turn black? Or the oats too mushy? I’m definitely liking the idea.

    • I’ve kept these for several days with no problem. If any longer maybe just add the banana in the morning before serving. That should still be fine!

  • I’ve tried a couple different overnight oats recipes and this is my husband’s favorite. I make two at a time so I can use a whole banana for his work day breakfasts. Thank you very much for the recipe!

  • I plugged the ingredients into a calorie counter. Not sure if you aware but it’s over 400 calories…of course the type of milk used will affect the count a little but for me a diabetic it’s a lot of calories for this breakfast

  • I just made a double batch. I can’t wait to try this in the morning. I used to eat a lot of overnight oats but got out of it, so this is perfect for moi! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Who doesn’t love banana bread!? This is so much easier and less time consuming too compared to baking a loaf of bread in the morning there is no excuse someone couldn’t make this!

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