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This Banana Overnight Oats recipe is the perfect make ahead breakfast (or snack). Creamy, delicious, made from real food ingredients and only takes 5 minutes to prep! A healthy breakfast option that is ready to eat when you wake up – perfect for busy mornings!

Mason jar of banana overnight oats with honey, banana slices and some rolled oats scattered next to it.

Do you see that overripe banana sitting on your counter? Use it to make yourself a healthy simple breakfast in just 5 minutes! Let me introduce you to banana overnight oats.

This easy and delicious overnight oats recipe is sweetened with mashed banana and a bit of honey. Greek yogurt and chia seeds are used to create a creamy pudding-like texture.

It’s so quick and easy to prep the night before. In the morning, the oats will have softened and everything will be thick and creamy. Get creative with toppings if you like and dig in – YUM!

Reasons To Love This Recipe

  • Easy to make: Only 5 minutes of prep and no cooking required
  • Perfect for busy mornings: It’s made ahead of time and ready to go when you wake up
  • Healthy breakfast option: Made with real food ingredients and refined sugar-free
  • Great for meal prep: Make multiple servings for the next few days
  • Easy to customize: Easily make it gluten free, dairy free or vegan
  • Delicious: The most important reason!
Line up of honey, banana slices, rolled oats and a jar of overnight oats against a white background.

Ingredients You’ll Need

You will need the following ingredients to make this banana overnight oats recipe…

  • Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned Oats): Use old fashioned rolled oats for the best texture. Instant (quick) oats and steel cut oats don’t absorb the liquid the same way.
  • Banana: Overripe banana is best since it is sweet and mashes easily.
  • Greek Yogurt: This give the overnight oats a rich and creamy texture while also adding some protein. I like to use a plain, full fat variety.
  • Oat Milk: Unsweetened oat milk or your milk of choice
  • Chia Seeds: The chia seeds provide extra nutrition and also help to thicken the overnight oats into a pudding-like consistency.
  • Vanilla Extract: For flavour.
  • Honey: Adjust to taste.
Overhead shot of the ingredients needed to make banana overnight oats.

Detailed ingredient list and directions located in the recipe card below.

How To Make Banana Overnight Oats

This breakfast recipe couldn’t be easier. Simply…

Step by step collage showing how to make banana overnight oats in a jar.
  1. Add all the ingredients to a jar. I’m using a wide mouth 16-oz mason jar. You could also use a container or a bowl.
  2. Stir together until combined.
  3. Cover and place in fridge overnight (or at least 3-4 hours).
  4. Add on some toppings before serving or just grab a spoon and dig in!

Topping Ideas

Not only do toppings look cute but they also add some additional taste and texture. Here are a few topping ideas that would taste delicious with these banana overnight oats:

  • Freshly sliced bananas
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Peanut butter or almond butter
  • Chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • Coconut flakes or shredded coconut
  • Granola or granola clusters
  • Spices like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, etc.
A mason jar of banana overnight oats garnished with fresh banana slices and a spoon sticking out.

Meal Prep + Storage

  • Meal Prep: This recipe is perfect for meal prep. You can either make one the night before or make multiple servings for the next few days all at once to save time. A larger batch can be made in one large container or separated out into single serving jars/containers.
  • Storage: Store in a jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Tip: Store in single serve containers or jars for an easy to grab breakfast in the morning.

Containers For Overnight Oats

You will want to use something with a lid so they stay covered in the fridge. I love using mason jars or glass containers. 16-oz wide mouth mason jars are perfect since they provide enough room for the oats to soak up the liquid and to add toppings in the next day. The wide mouth also makes it easy to add all the ingredients and stir together directly in the jar.

I usually use these Ball mason jars with plastic storage caps. Smaller 8-oz (1 cup) jars or containers like these Weck jars are also great if you prefer to split the overnight oats up into two smaller portions. This is a great idea for snacks or a small breakfast.

Recipe FAQ

What are overnight oats?

Overnight oats are a no-cook method for making oatmeal. Rolled oats are mixed with liquid and other mix-ins and then left to soak in the fridge until soft and thickened.

How long do overnight oats need to soak?

The name would suggest overnight which is my recommendation for the best texture. However, they can also soak for as little as 3-4 hours if you don’t have the time to wait.

What does soaking oats overnight do?

The soaking process allows the oats to soften and break down so they can be eaten uncooked.

Do you eat them hot or cold?

Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold but you can heat them up if you prefer them warm.

Does the banana go brown in overnight oats?

There is not any noticeable discoloration since the mashed banana is mixed into the overnight oats mixture. A topping of freshly sliced banana will discolor though so it is best to add toppings like this once you are ready to eat.

How long do banana overnight oats last?

Up to 5 days in a sealed jar or container in the fridge.

What kind of oats are best for overnight oats?

Old fashioned rolled oats provide the best texture.

Is this a healthy breakfast option?

It’s made from a few real food ingredients, whole grain and packed with fiber. So I would say yes!

Two jars of banana overnight oats garnished with banana slices with a honey dipper and some rolled oats beside them.

Possible Variations

This recipe is really easy to customize. Here are a few options…

  • Make it gluten free: Make sure to use certified gluten free oats. Even though oats are naturally gluten free, they are often processed in the same facility as grains containing gluten.
  • Make it dairy free: Use a plant based yogurt instead of Greek yogurt.
  • Make it vegan: Use a plant based yogurt and swap the honey for maple syrup.
  • Adjust sweetness: Make is sweeter or less sweet by adjusting the quantity of honey to suit your tastes.
  • Add more protein: Top with nuts and seeds, nut butter or additional Greek yogurt. Or mix in some protein powder or collagen powder when making the mixture.

More Easy + Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Here are a few more easy to make, healthy breakfast options…

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Jar of banana overnight oats with honey dipper leaning against it and banana slices and rolled oats scattered next to it.

Banana Overnight Oats

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  • Author: Vanessa | Maple + Mango
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 min (plus soaking time in fridge)
  • Yield: 1 large serving (or 2 small) 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


These Banana Overnight Oats are creamy, delicious and so easy to make!  Only takes 5 minutes to prep this healthy breakfast option the night before.  Perfect for busy mornings!


  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened oat milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons honey (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Mix together:  Add all the ingredients to a jar, container or bowl.  Stir together until combined.
  2. Refrigerate:  Cover and place in fridge overnight (or at least 3-4 hours).
  3. Add toppings and serve:  Add some toppings if you like (see notes for ideas), grab a spoon and dig in!


  • I like to use a wide mouth 16-oz mason jar with plastic storage lid
  • Topping Ideas: freshly sliced bananas, chopped walnuts or pecans, peanut butter or almond butter, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, granola, spices (i.e. cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, etc.)
  • Meal Prep:  Perfect for meal prep!  Larger batch can be made in one larger container or separated out into multiple single serving jars.
  • Storage:  Up to 5 days in a sealed jar or container in the fridge.

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Jar of overnight oats with honey dipper, banana slices and oats next to it and text overlay "Creamy Banana Overnight Oats"

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  1. Terri says:

    I always have overripe bananas (because I’m so picky about how I eat them) so this is perfect! I have too many in my freezer !

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      Enjoy! Never a bad thing to have extra ripe bananas (so many delicious uses).

    2. Tracey says:

      Hi guys. Of all the overnight oats recipes I have tried this is my favourite so far. Can you tell me how much the calorie content is?

      1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

        I’m so happy that you enjoyed this overnight oats recipe! I don’t include calorie count on the recipe since they aren’t overly accurate. In this case, it would vary based on the Greek yogurt you use, etc. There are a number of calculators online that you could run it through if calories are something that you need to track. Generally, though I don’t like to include them since I find them stressful for many people and would rather place focus on ingredients and real, whole foods.

  2. Kristen says:

    So yummy and seriously the perfect, healthy and delicious way to get rid of our bananas.

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      So happy you liked this recipe:)

  3. Sabrina says:

    Soooo yummy. It’s like a gift in the morning. Thanks for this recipe 🙂

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      Love this – it truly does feel like a gift to wake up to breakfast that is already made!

  4. AmyG says:

    Vanessa, thanks for sharing. I made this last night to have this morning and it was fantastic!

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      Yay! I’m so happy you loved them! Thanks for leaving a comment to let me know:)

  5. Sharon says:

    We are totally on the same page with overnight oats! I’ve been having them pretty steady since Christmas. I love how easy they are to prep the night before. Your topping ideas are awesome!

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      Easy healthy breakfast ideas make mornings so much easier! Glad you liked the topping suggestions:)

  6. Elaine says:

    So yummy! I made it with coconut yogurt and sweetened it with Monkfruit sweetener. Loved it!

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      Sounds great!

  7. Wanda says:

    We love making overnight oats or chia pudding. This version with bananas is now on my list to try!

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      Then you should love this since it is kind of a cross between the two! Enjoy!

      1. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says:

        Overnight oats are so convenient to have in te fridge. I’m loving your banana version. YUM!

        1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

          It’s great knowing that breakfast is ready to go in the morning! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this version!