These overnight oats are naturally sweetened with banana for a healthy breakfast that tastes like banana bread! This is a great make-ahead recipe for busy mornings!

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Why I Love This Recipe

I’ve been on an oatmeal kick lately because I love how oats keep me full until lunchtime. They’re a whole grain making them a good source of protein and fiber, so it’s a breakfast that is really satisfying. There are a million ways to make overnight oats, but lately, I’ve been making these banana bread overnight oats for my toddler and me. It’s great because the banana adds lots of natural sweetness so I don’t have to add any sugar. Plus, it’s an easy recipe to prepare the night before so our breakfast routine is easy the next day!

Oats are also a great budget-friendly option. It’s relatively inexpensive to buy a container of oats and they last a long time in the pantry, so I don’t have to worry about them expiring before I use them up! I typically buy my oats at Aldi, Kroger, or Publix.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Banana– You’ll want a very ripe banana for this recipe since that will add lots of sweetness. If you don’t have a ripe banana, you may want to add a little sweetener. If you’re not a fan of bananas, try my apple cinnamon overnight oats!
  • Oats– I use rolled oats, sometimes called old-fashioned oats. I think they’re the best for overnight oats, but you can use instant oats if needed. Do not use steel cut oats, which won’t soften very well.
  • Chia seeds– These help create a thick texture but if you don’t have chia seeds, you can skip them or substitute with ground flaxseed.
  • Vanilla– A little vanilla extract helps add sweetness and flavor.
  • Almond butter- This helps add healthy fats to the oats, making them more filling with a luxurious taste. You can substitute with peanut butter or sunbutter.
  • Milk– I used almond milk but any type of milk works fine.
  • Salt– A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor. Don’t skip it!

How to Make Overnight Oats