Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats are a healthy, nutritious, and easy breakfast made with simple ingredients. This delicious breakfast on the go is perfect for meal-prepping.
When I worked in New York City, this was my go-to breakfast 3-4 days a week. For hectic mornings, Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats are easy to make, perfect for meal-prepping, and you'll save yourself ten bucks buying a healthy breakfast.
Simply make a batch of overnight oats for a day or the entire week. Transfer the oats to a mason jar and top with your favorite toppings.
What are Overnight Oats?
Creamy Overnight Oats are an easy, healthy, and quick breakfast for busy mornings.
This no-cook recipe can easily be made by combining old-fashioned oats with your choice of milk (dairy or nondairy), chia seeds, and flavorings of your choice. For this easy breakfast recipe, I used creamy peanut butter, mashed banana, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
I personally love the classic combination of peanut butter and banana combo, however feel free to experiment and create a combo that you like.
The oats and then mixed well and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Once you're ready to serve, top your overnight oats with your favorite toppings. I generally like granola along with some kind of fruit.
Why You'll Love These Overnight Oats
- Quick & Easy Recipe
- It's Breakfast On-The-Go
- Perfect Make-Ahead Breakfast
- Ideal for Busy Mornings
- Delicious, Nutritious & Healthy
- Vegan & Gluten-free
- Old-fashioned Oats: For overnight oats, I always use old-fashioned oats or rolled oats. Don't use quick oats as they tend to get mushy.
- Almond Milk: My choice for milk is usually unsweetened almond milk, however any nondairy milk or good ol' dairy milk works.
- Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Additionally, they're a great source of antioxidants.
- Banana: Bananas add sweetness and creaminess to the overnight oats.
- Peanut Butter: I love using creamy peanut butter which adds creaminess and is a good source of protein.
- Vanilla Extract: For a subtle vanilla flavor and sweetness, use pure vanilla extract.
- Ground Cinnamon: Feel free to use ground cinnamon or even a touch of cardamom works great.
How to Make Overnight Oats Recipe - Step by Step Instructions
Step 1 - Prepare Overnight Oats
1. Mash the banana in a large bowl.
2. Add old-fashioned oats.
3. Add almond milk or any milk you prefer.
4. Now add chia seeds.
5. Add 3 tablespoons of peanut butter. I recommend unsweetened peanut butter.
6. Next add vanilla extract.
7. Add ground cinnamon.
8. Mix the overnight oats well.
9. This is what you should have.
10. Transfer the oats into mason jars. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 4 hours minimum.
Step 2 - Next Day
11. The overnight oats have been set.
12. Top with granola, any fruit of your choice, and a drizzle of peanut butter. I topped my overnight oats with some blueberries and bananas. Enjoy your creamy oats.
Expert Tips to Make the BEST Overnight Oats
→ Make sure you mix all the ingredients well before refrigerating.
→ Use a ripe banana, but not too ripe.
→ For the BEST results - refrigerate the oats overnight. This will result in a creamier texture.
Here are some serving suggestions for overnight oats:
- For some crunch - Granola, sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, and chopped pecans make great toppings.
- For some fruit - sliced bananas, blueberries, chopped strawberries, chopped mango, and chopped peach all make great fruit toppings.
- Feel free to add some hemp seeds on top.
Non-Dairy Milk - This recipe is vegan since it's made with almond milk. Other non-dairy milk substitutions that would work are cashew milk, oat milk, soy milk would all work great.
For Vegetarian - Feel free to use dairy milk in your overnight oats. Whole milk, reduced-fat 2%, or low-fat 1% milk would all work well.
For Gluten-free - Old-fashioned oats are naturally gluten-free, but feel free to use certified gluten-free oats.
Peanut Butter Substitution - Almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter. Any nut butter works.
Have a Nut Allergy? - You can replace peanut butter with sunflower butter or granola butter.
How to Store Overnight Oats?
- Overnight Oats can be made and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The oats can be stored in an airtight container or individual jars.
- When you're ready to eat, add your toppings and enjoy the overnight oats cold or bring them to room temperature by leaving the overnight oats out for about 30 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can, but I don't recommend it. Quick oats will make the overnight oats mushier and softer. Additionally, they're not as healthy as old-fashioned oats.
Yes. Oats are naturally gluten-free, however if you're strictly gluten-free, make sure to use certified gluten-free old-fashioned oats.
Yes. I prefer unsweetened almond milk, however any nondairy milk or even regular dairy milk works.
In addition to bananas, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and mangoes all work. Feel free to use seasonal produce, so in the fall and winter, you can use apples.
Feel free to add protein powder when prepping the oats and before you refrigerate them. You may need additional liquid if you're adding protein powder.
Note: To ensure this recipe is still vegan, make sure you use plant-based protein powder.
Another option is adding Greek yogurt instead of protein powder. Just note, the recipe will no longer be vegan, but rather vegetarian.
No. Instant Oatmeal will really impact the flavor and texture of the overnight oats, so no.
Personally, I don't feel you will need additional sweeteners since the bananas are already sweet. If you must add sweetener, I recommend honey or pure maple syrup.
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Peanut Butter Banana Overnight OatsHealthy, Vegan, Gluten-free
for peanut butter banana overnight oats
- ⅔ cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 ⅓ cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 3 tablespoon peanut butter preferably unsweetened
- 1 ripe banana mashed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
for garnish (optional)
- ½ tablespoon granola
- 5-6 fresh blueberries
- 2-3 slices banana
- drizzle of peanut butter
Step 1 - Prepare Overnight Oats
- Mash the banana in a large bowl.
- Add old-fashioned oats.
- Add almond milk or any milk you prefer.
- Now add chia seeds.
- Add 3 tablespoons of peanut butter. I recommend unsweetened peanut butter.
- Next add vanilla extract.
- Add ground cinnamon.
- Mix the overnight oats well.
- This is what you should have.
- Transfer the oats into mason jars. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 4 hours minimum.
- Next Day - The overnight oats have been set.
- Top with granola, any fruit of your choice, and a drizzle of peanut butter. I topped my overnight oats with some blueberries and bananas. Enjoy your creamy oats.
- For Best Results - Mix the overnight oats well and refrigerate overnight.
- For Vegan - This recipe is vegan since it's made with almond milk. Having said that, cashew milk, oat milk, soy milk, or any non-dairy milk (preferably unsweetened) would work great.
- For Vegetarian - Feel free to use dairy milk in your overnight oats. Whole milk, reduced-fat 2%, or low-fat 1% milk would all work well.
- For Gluten-free - Old-fashioned oats are naturally gluten-free, but feel free to use certified gluten-free oats.
- Peanut Butter Substitution - Almond butter, cashew butter, pecan butter. Any nut butter works.
- Have a Nut Allergy? - You can replace peanut butter with sunflower butter or granola butter.