These 7-ingredient Banana Bread Overnight Oats are the perfect vegan & gluten-free breakfast recipe! Prep them the day before and enjoy an easy & quick breakfast the next day.
While I tend to gravitate towards a green breakfast smoothie or protein açai bowl for breakfast, I've recently started to love making vegan overnight oats!
It's honestly because they're just so easy to make- just prep the ingredients, soak overnight, and enjoy a super flavorful breakfast the next day!
- Chia seeds: Can be substituted with ground flaxseed for a similar thickening effect and the same boost of omega-3's.
- Drinkable Yogurt: I honestly find this to be the best base for overnight oats because it's thin enough to soak up the oats and chia seeds, yet has the benefit of probiotics!
- If you can't find Forager Project drinkable yogurt you can substitute it with ½ cup plant-based milk and ¼ cup vanilla yogurt.
- Rolled Oats: Must be used to get the right texture here! I prefer using old-fashioned gluten-free rolled oats.
- Maple Syrup: I think maple syrup tastes best, but you can substitute for honey or agave for similar results. For a low-sugar option, remove the maple syrup entirely or cut it in half.
How to make banana bread overnight oats:
Mash the banana
This step is pretty self-explanatory, but you want to use a pretty ripe banana (light brown or spotting) and mash it in a bowl.
Mix in the remaining ingredients
Then, add the drinkable yogurt, rolled oats, maple syrup, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt to the bowl with the banana and mix them together. The mixture will not be thick at this point, but it will thicken a lot overnight.
Add to containers & chill overnight
This recipe makes two servings and they just so happen to fit perfectly in two weck jelly jars! I love using these jars because they come with glass lids. However, you can store these banana overnight oats in any closed container.
The next day, remove the overnight banana oatmeal from the fridge and add toppings.
I kept it simple with a healthy drizzle of almond butter and sliced banana. However, you can also add vegan chocolate chips, jam, maple almond butter granola, sliced almonds, pepitas, or more fresh fruit.
FAQ & Tips:
Do you have to eat banana overnight oats cold?
Definitely not! While this is the more traditional way to eat them, you can warm them up on the stovetop or in the microwave if you prefer warm oats.
How long do vegan overnight oats last in the fridge?
Once mixed together, overnight oats are best enjoyed within 3 days of making. After that, I've found they don't taste as fresh and the banana gets too mushy.
I truly can't wait for you to try these easy, vegan, & gluten-free Banana Bread Overnight Oats. I'm so excited to try out making more flavors to share with you soon. Enjoy!
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Banana Bread Overnight Oats
- 1 medium ripe banana peeled & mashed, spotty or light brown is best
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup drinkable vanilla yogurt or ½ cup plant-based milk+ ¼ cup vanilla yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 1-2 Tablespoons maple syrup add to desired sweetness level
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt just a pinch!
- First, peel one banana, add to a mixing bowl, and mash with a fork.
- Once mashed, add the remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl including rolled oats, drinkable yogurt, maple syrup, chia seeds, cinnamon, and a dash of salt.
- Mix all the ingredients together, then pour into two small containers. Cover the containers and chill for 3+ hours, or ideally overnight, in the fridge.
- The next day, take the overnight oats from the fridge, add your desired toppings, and enjoy cold or warmed up!
- For toppings, I recommend adding more sliced bananas, almond butter, or maple almond butter granola. Walnuts, almond slices, or chocolate chips are other great topping ideas!
- Overnight oats are best enjoyed within 3 days of making.
- Chia seeds can be substituted for ground flaxseed.
- Maple syrup can be reduced or omitted for a lower sugar option.
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