Banana Cinnamon Overnight Oats is a cozy bowl of comfort with a creamy texture and rich, warm flavor. Stir it together before you go to bed, so the next morning, you can just get up and add your favorite toppings for a satisfying and delicious breakfast.
Rolling out of bed with a healthy breakfast already made sounds luxurious, doesn't it? This easy make ahead breakfast is perfect for busy mornings and slow starts alike to help set your morning off in the right direction.
These Cinnamon Banana Overnight Oats are so creamy and satisfying and they take just minutes to prepare with 5 simple ingredients.
To make them, stir together the banana, oats, milk, cinnamon, and salt and let them sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, top with your favorite things and enjoy.
There's no need to cook them. They're delicious cold, but you can warm them up, if you like.
You can even meal prep ahead and stock the fridge with a week's worth of easy breakfast options the whole family will love.
This dairy-free banana overnight oats recipe is an easy recipe that's super easy to replicate in your favorite flavors.
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Delicious and dairy-free creamy banana oats with rich cinnamon flavor
Grab-and-go, nutritious breakfast that takes just a few minutes of prep time
This oatmeal recipe is a blank slate for whatever you want to put on them like fresh or dried fruit, nuts, yogurt, or granola.
Great way to use up those ripe bananas on the counter before they pass their prime.
Overnight oats come together with just a few healthy ingredients.
Ripe banana. Fresh bananas add natural sweetness without any added sugar. Use a perfectly ripe or slightly overripe banana for the sweetest flavor.
Oats. Steel-cut oats or old fashioned rolled oats both work well in any overnight oat recipe. Instant oats or quick-cooking oats will become too mushy.
Unsweetened almond milk. Use any type of milk you like -- dairy or non-dairy milk both make these oats nice and creamy.
Ground cinnamon. Cinnamon adds rich, warm, comforting flavor to these oats.
Salt. Just a pinch of salt brings out the flavor in everything.
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Mash the banana in a mason jar, bowl, or resealable container.
Add the oats, almond milk, cinnamon, and salt to the mashed banana.
Stir until completely combined.
This base recipe makes a thicker oatmeal. If you prefer thinner oatmeal, add an extra splash of almond milk, or stir in some extra milk in the morning.
Cover the oats and set in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
In the morning, give it a good stir and add your favorite toppings like fresh fruit, dried fruit, seeds and nuts, granola, and a drizzle of peanut butter or almond butter.
This one has fresh banana slices, dried cranberries, walnuts, and a drizzle of honey.
Store overnight oats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
For the sweetest flavor, use bananas that are the perfect eating ripeness, or slightly overripe.
The ratio of one banana to one-half cup oats and milk makes a creamy oatmeal with a heartier texture. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add an extra splash of milk.
To keep the toppings fresh, add them right before eating. If you add them the night before, they'll become mushy.
In the morning, top your overnight oats with your choice of toppings. I like this one with more banana, dried cranberries, and walnuts with a drizzle of honey.
Overnight oats is a no-cook method of making oatmeal. Instead of using heat, you soak the oats in liquid for 8 hours or overnight. During this time, the oats expand and become as soft as if you had cooked them. They're delicious cold -- which seems weird, but it’s really not -- or you can heat them up.
Yes, the oatmeal doesn't need to be cooked at all, so you can definitely eat them cold. However, if you prefer a warm bowl of oatmeal, you can also heat them up!
The best part of overnight oats, IMO, is the toppings! And there are so many great options:
Greek yogurt or regular yogurt
Sliced banana, fresh berries, plums, kiwi
Raisins, craisins, dried pineapple, banana chips
Pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts
Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter
Honey, maple syrup, brown sugar
You can use steel-cut oats or old-fashioned rolled oats in overnight oats. I personally prefer steel cut oats because they are thick and chunky and expand overnight into hearty, chewy pieces that add texture and substance to the overnight oats. Old fashioned rolled oats also work well and become more of a creamy component than a textural one. Quick oats will break down too far and become mushy.
I don’t recommend instant oats for overnight oats. Because they’re pre-cooked, then dried, they tend to break down and get mushy in overnight oats.
Yes. Chia seeds add texture and give it a tapioca-like texture. This overnight oats recipe is without chia seeds, but if you’d like to add chia seeds, I recommend stirring in 1-2 teaspoons with the oat mixture before letting them sit overnight.
This dairy-free banana cinnamon overnight oats recipe needs no yogurt. If you’d like to add some, stir ¼ cup of Greek or regular yogurt into the raw oat mixture before letting them sit overnight. You can also top your overnight oats in the morning with yogurt.
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Cinnamon Banana Overnight Oats (Dairy-Free)
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup oats (steel-cut or old fashioned)
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch salt
- Mash one banana in a resealable bowl. Add ½ cup oats (rolled or steel-cut, not instant), ½ cup almond milk, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Stir until completely combined. Cover and set in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
- In the morning, stir again and top your overnight oats with your choice of toppings. I like this one with more banana, dried cranberries, and walnuts with a drizzle of honey.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.