These banana bread overnight oats offer all the flavor of banana bread in one healthy breakfast bowl that you can prep ahead of time.
Somehow out of all the overnight oat recipes I have, there isn’t a banana bread overnight oats recipe!? That changes today.
When it comes to recipe development, some recipes come way easier than others. Baked items definitely take me the most rounds of recipe testing. It’s hard to get the texture, consistency and taste perfect so it usually takes multiple test batches. Occasionally things will be a complete failure, but luckily most of the baked goods are edible so we enjoy them even if the texture or flavor isn’t spot on!
Recipe creation for meals tends to be much easier, and overnight oats are even easier because there’s no real cooking involved. 🙂
In general, the base recipe for my overnight oats stays the same: 1 part oats to 2 parts liquid. What changes is the type of liquid and then obviously the flavors to make each recipe unique! For this recipe, I went with almond milk and yogurt! I find that almond milk is great to use when you want to add in a lot of other flavors because it’s a pretty neutral tasting dairy-free milk. I added in the yogurt to make these oats super thick and creamy while also adding a boost of protein. If I don’t have yogurt on hand, I will usually add protein powder to amp up the protein content.
Before refrigerating the oats overnight, I like to add some flavors to the oats. The oats absorb both the flavors and the liquid, so the flavors turn out to be more well-rounded and balanced if you add them the night before. I like to add flavors like vanilla or cinnamon and sweet components like fruit, honey or maple syrup. For this recipe I went with bananas (because banana bread…), vanilla and almond extract. The almond extract isn’t 100% necessary, but it gives the oats that “quick bread” flavor that makes the oats taste even more like banana bread. Cinnamon is optional – traditional banana bread recipes don’t add cinnamon, but I like it!
In the morning, before I dive in, I add the toppings. This is what really sets each overnight oats recipe apart. I topped the banana bread oats with extra banana slices, chopped walnuts and a drizzle of almond butter. And gosh, they were so good and add so much crunchy texture!
So next time you’re craving banana bread, but don’t have the time to bake a batch or want to have a healthier, lighter version, I hope you whip up a batch of these delicious banana bread overnight oats! They’re perfect for an everyday breakfast or snack, but could also make a fun brunch… single serve overnight oats in mini mason jars anyone?! Who wants to come to brunch?
If you try these banana bread overnight oats, be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is super helpful for me and other EBF readers who are planning to try the recipe.