Banana Bread Overnight Oatmeal

Sweet, creamy banana bread overnight oatmeal made dairy-free and naturally sweetened. A healthful, well-rounded breakfast packed with plant based protein!

Banana Bread Overnight Oatmeal - a gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally sweetened healthy breakfast recipe

 

Did I ever tell you I’m a real ninny when it comes to hot weather? For me, 70 degrees F with – oh, I don’t know – 0%, humidity is where I like to thrive. As soon as we break my sensitive temperature/humidity threshold, I’m limp like a rag doll…just in.ca.pa-ci-tat.ed. Don’t get me wrong, I love the summer and absolutely spend countless hours fantasizing about tropical vacations, but my heat tolerance is nil. Suffice it to say, I’m game for food preparation that doesn’t require the use of heat.

Enter: no-bake season, you dig?

Now that no-cook, no-bake season is in full swing, those of us who love oatmeal are transitioning from the hot stove top kind to the overnight refrigerator version. Cold oatmeal? Are you familiar? If you’ve never done it, it’s super handy.

Overnight Oatmeal made banana bread-style with almond butter, walnuts, and raisins. Dairy-free, gluten-free, healthy, and no-cook! | theroastedroot.net #breakfast #vegan #sugar_free #brunch #recipe

In case you’re new to overnight oatmeal, it’s basically the easiest approach to oatmeal ever. You just add rolled oats and your milk and sweetener of choice to a jar, shake it up, and refrigerate. Zero cooking involved. In the morning, serve up the oatmeal like cold cereal with your choice of fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and additional milk and/or sweetener. The longer the oatmeal sits in the refrigerator, the thicker and more bombtastic it becomes. Seriously magical things.

Benefits to overnight oatmeal include, but are not limited to:

  • Super quick to prepare
  • Healthful yet delicious
  • Filling
  • No-cook, no fuss
  • Great for company
  • Saves for like ever

Banana Bread Overnight Oatmeal - a gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally sweetened healthy breakfast recipe

For this particular recipe, I mashed up a couple of bananas, and blended up almond butter, maple syrup, cinnamon and almond milk in order to infuse the oats with banana bread flavor. I also added walnuts and raisins for an all-the-textures approach to the meal. The end result is rich, filling, and comforting.

This easy make-ahead breakfast serves 4 to 6 and can be kept in your refrigerator in a sealed container for a week. Yup, you read that correctly – it saves fooorevaaah! Even with the banana blended in.  In fact, it tastes better every dang day, believe you me…kind of like lasagna..only it’s not lasagna, it’s oatmeal, people! I use a large wide-mouth jar to store the whole batch, but you can also use small jars for make-ahead grab-and-go breakfasts for work!

…Porridge, if you will.

Banana Bread Overnight Oatmeal - a gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally sweetened healthy breakfast recipe

If I had a job where I had to be somewhere at a certain time, you best believe I’d be rolling out of bed and packing this stuff up to eat at my desk. Likely in a red solo cup. Or in a jar, because that’s more resourceful. Now I’m just babbling. Just make sure you make this.

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Banana Bread Overnight Oatmeal - a gluten-free, dairy-free, naturally sweetened healthy breakfast recipe

Banana Bread Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats*
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or light coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
  • 2 large ripe bananas mashed
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoons sea salt

Serving Suggestions:

  • Almond butter
  • Raisins
  • Raw walnuts chopped
  • Dairy-free milk of choice

Instructions

  1. Pour the rolled oats into a large (quart-sized) jar.
  2. Add the almond milk, extract, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, almond butter, and salt to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour this mixture into the jar with the rolled oats.
  3. Mash the ripe bananas in a bowl and add them to the jar. Stir everything together until well combined. Seal the jar and allow the oats to sit overnight.
  4. When ready to serve, stir the oatmeal well. Serve with additional honey, almond butter, raisins, chopped walnuts, and/or a splash of your favorite milk (such as almond milk or coconut milk)

Recipe Notes

If you are not gluten-sensitive, you can also use regular rolled oats. Just be sure you don't use quick or instant oats.

You can also check out my tutorial at eHow.com on How to Make Overnight Oatmeal. Also try out these recipes:

Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal Plus Mix Ideas // Lovely Little Kitchen

Mocha Banana Chia Overnight Oatmeal Breakfast Parfait // Happy Healthy Life

Choco Banana Overnight Oats // The Healthy Foodie

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa // Simply Quinoa

Strawberry Overnight Oats // The Roasted Root

Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats // Le Creme de la Crumb

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Comments

  1. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    Oh I’m a total pansy too! As soon as I have to blow dry my hair and it’s more than 80 degrees out I’m running around the house turning on all the fans exclaiming ‘it’s SO freaking hot in here!!!’. I also sweat a lot, so that’s just no good. Ok enough about me, THIS. I love love love overnight oats and you’re telling me this tastes like banana bread? YES.

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  2. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    The weather has been schizophrenic lately! It was over 100 degrees for two days and now it’s raining and in the 70s. I can’t keep up but I rather it rain then have excruciating heat.

    And I’ve never tried overnight oats because I’m afraid I won’t like the texture but your version sounds so good I might have to change that soon!

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  3. Shirley

    I never really understood overnight oatmeal until now. I am eager to try this out tonight! It may change everything about our morning rituals!

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  4. Michelle

    If I may ask, what’s wrong with quick oats? I use them all the time in my overnight oats and I love them!

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    1. Julia Post author

      It’s just a texture preference of mine. I find rolled oats have a heartier consistency, but you can definitely use quick oats for this recipe! 😀

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  5. Susan

    This sounds delicious. I make overnight oats all the time – in single serving jars. I’ll have to try them this way because I really like the idea of this flavor combination.

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  6. Kate

    Can you please tell me what I can substitute for almond butter? Also, have you tried this with regular milk?

    Thank you

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Kate, you can omit the almond butter altogether or use peanut butter. I have made overnight oats with regular milk, and it works great! Let me know if you try the recipe with your adaptations! 😀

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  7. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies

    Uhh, agreed. anything more than 70 degrees and I might as well be dead, because I’m not doing anything without complaining about the sweltering jungle outside. Josh and I talk a lot about finding a place where the weather range is 60 – 70 year round, and then never leaving. I DO have one of those jobs where I have to roll out of bed and get to work by a certain time, and then I sit at my desk eating breakfast. Today it’s sad, plain Greek yogurt. Here’s wishing it was Banana bread oats!

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  8. flgirl

    Hi Julia, this looks ahmaaazing! Quick question: I have finally been convinced (food blogger peer pressure?) to switch over to steel cut oats. Can I use those in the recipe with good results? Thanks!

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  9. Joanne

    You would NOT be happy in NYC right now then..it is brutal. I need these overnight oats and I need them, like, YESTERDAY. My mornings would be so much better with them in it!

    Reply
  10. Elena Shetty

    Oh my God. This is so amazing. How come i never knew it before! Banana bread overnight oatmeal is a good kick off idea for a perfect day. Definitely will try this!

    Reply
  11. Lorr

    I was sooooo excited about this flavor combination and so eager to try it until I saw the need to use a blender — not my idea of quick & easy prep. Never came across that in an overnight oats recipe before. Really disappointed.

    Reply
  12. Misty

    This sounds like a truly yummy recipe for overnight oats! I really like the chewy texture steel cut oats, think I’m going to give it a try with those. Thanks! 🙂

    Reply
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