The perfect meal prep recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats. This classic combination is so satisfying and and a delicious breakfast that keeps you full for hours. Gluten free and vegan-friendly using plant-based alternatives.
It was only a matter of time before I combined my love for peanut butter & banana into an overnight oatmeal recipe! Peanut Butter and banana is one of my favorite things, and an essential combo in the FMK household. These banana peanut butter overnight oats are satisfying, satiating and filled with flavor. Not to mention they are truly such an easy breakfast recipe. You can make them a part of your breakfast routine, but are great for lunch too on those busy days when you just need something quick!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats, this quick breakfast will keep you full for hours.
- Creamy, thick and naturally sweetened with banana.
- Less than 10 ingredients, utilizing mostly pantry staples and simple ingredients.
- Mix everything together in 5 minutes and breakfast is ready for the week.
Overnight Oats Ingredients
- Greek yogurt or Skyr yogurt – Use your favorite! Both provide a good amount of tang and protein. Feel free to use dairy or plant-based, whichever you prefer. Just stick to plain for a clean base flavor, or vanilla would be delicious too.
- Milk – Whatever you have on hand works. You can use hemp milk to make this recipe nut free, or use cashew milk or almond milk for another neutral flavor option. If you’re looking to make your own nut milks, check out this.
- Vanilla extract – for floral sweetness.
- Natural Peanut butter – For rich peanut flavor that compliments banana so well! I prefer creamy peanut butter (as opposed to crunchy) with minimal added ingredients. Feel free to use almond butter or cashew butter if you can’t do peanuts, or sunbutter or granola butter for a nut free recipe.
- Rolled oats or quick oats – Rolled oats (also known as old-fashioned oats) will give more of a chewy texture, whereas quick oats will blend and sort of melt into the yogurt mixture. Make sure to use certified gluten-free for those with gluten sensitivity or intolerance.
- Chia seeds – The chia seeds also help absorb any excess moisture and create a thicker texure. Plus, we get the benefit of fiber, protein and all those healthy omega-3’s!
- Ground cinnamon – Just a pinch for some extra for warming flavor – you can omit though if you don’t care for it.
- Banana – Use a slightly underripe banana for more fiber and prebiotics. The spottier the banana, the sweeter and more sugary the fruit will be. A perfectly ripe banana is a good option too.
DAIRY-FREE & GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: To make this recipe dairy-free and vegan, stick to plant-based versions of yogurt and milk. To keep this recipe gluten-free, make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
How to Make
Overnight oats are one of the easiest things to meal prep for breakfast.
Here’s a quick step-by-step breakdown of how to make them, with the full recipe card noting ingredients at the end of the post.
Combine Wet Ingredients
In a medium bowl whisk together yogurt, milk, vanilla extract and peanut butter until smooth and well combined.
Add Dry Ingredients
Into the same bowl with the yogurt mixture, add in the oats, chia seeds, ground cinnamon and banana slices and give it a good stir until everything is evenly combined.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate immediately, or portion into individual mason jar containers. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight, if you plan to enjoy the next morning.
Once you’re ready, taste test for consistency and add an extra splash of milk if you like a thinner consistency. Enjoy hot or cold with your favorite toppings.
Overnight Oats Consistency
This overnight oats recipe is thick and creamy, as long as it’s set in the fridge for 2-4 hours. If using quick oats, you’ll end up with a little thicker oatmeal consistency. If using rolled oats, a little on the chewy side.
You can also use steel cut oats, if you prefer a heartier texture – use this recipe, add in some banana chunks and serve with peanut butter for the best results.
These overnight oats are best drizzled with a little extra peanut butter, freshly sliced bananas, fresh fruit (strawberries or blueberries are my fave here!) and a little granola if you like some crunch.
If you want a slightly sweeter topping, serve with some pure maple syrup or raw honey. Maybe even a sprinkle of chocolate chips!
If you want some additional healthy fats, you could top with hemp hearts or flax seeds.
Enjoy cold or hot, depending on your preference. If you prefer oatmeal warmed up, add some splashes of milk to a pan with the oats while warming to keep them creamy.
How to Store
Overnight oats are best enjoyed within 5 days, stored in the fridge. You can store them in the same bowl you mixed it in or divide into portions in individual servings in meal prep containers.
Just note that the oats will soften more the longer they sit. So the texture will thicken the longer they’re in the fridge, which means you may need to add some additional milk to the mixture around day 4.
More Peanut Butter Banana Recipes You’ll Love:
- Banana Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
- Banana Bread Cake
- Peanut Butter Banana Cinnamon Rolls
- Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
I hope you love this healthy breakfast as much as we do! If you make this peanut butter banana overnight oats recipe, please be sure to leave a review and star rating below! I appreciate hearing from you and it helps others learn more about the recipe too. XX AshleyPrint
Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
A meal prep lover’s favorite: Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats. This classic combination is so satisfying and keeps you full for hours. Not to mention, such a quick and easy breakfast to whip up the night before an have breakfast handy all week. Gluten free and vegan-friendly using plant-based alternatives.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Fridge
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1/2 cup greek or skyr yogurt (dairy or plant-based)
- 1 cup milk of choice (i.e. cashew, hemp, etc.)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 cup rolled oats or quick oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 medium banana, cut into chunks
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Combine: Add wet ingredients to a medium bowl – yogurt, milk, vanilla extract and peanut butter – stir well until combined.
- Add dry ingredients: Stir in oats, banana, chia seeds, and pinch of ground cinnamon.
- Refrigerate: Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. You can portion into individual servings or store in larger bowl.
- Enjoy: In the morning, taste test for consistency – you can stir in a couple splashes of milk if you’d like it thinner. Enjoy hot or cold with your favorite toppings.
Cook time refers to fridge time.
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