Banana peanut butter overnight oats are a delicious and healthy breakfast that take less than 5 minutes to make! These overnight oats with Greek yogurt are high in fiber, protein, and contain healthy fats.
Overnight oats are my classic breakfast go-to and I have a few favorite recipes, from PB&J to blueberry almond to pumpkin pie (oh my!). But there's something so delicious about a classic combination of peanut butter and banana. Plus, these are two ingredients I'm sure most people have in their home all the time.
In this healthy banana peanut butter overnight oats recipe, the banana acts as a natural sweetener and the peanut butter adds a smooth creaminess. Together, their flavor profile is incredible.
I enjoy this breakfast recipe two ways - by either (1) mashing the banana and mixing it in with the rest of the overnight oats, or (2) caramelizing banana slices on a skillet for a few minutes with just a dash of coconut oil. You can choose whatever your prefer - mashed banana or caramelized banana. Basically this recipe is kind of like choosing your own adventure!
How to Make Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Making banana peanut butter overnight oats is actually quite simple and straightforward:
- Combine oats, chia seeds, almond milk, and greek yogurt in a jar or other airtight container. Mix well to make sure the mixture is well-combined.
- Store the overnight oats mixture in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 2 hours.
- When you're ready to eat, add peanut butter and one of the following variations of banana:
- Variation 1: Mashed banana. Use a spoon to mash a banana. Add mashed banana to your overnight oats.
- Variation 2: Caramelized banana. Heat coconut oil on a medium skillet over medium heat. Slice a banana into thin rounds. Add banana slices to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes per side. Top overnight oats with caramelized banana slices.
Are overnight oats good for you?
Overnight oats certainly are good for you. These overnight oats are packed with heart-healthy fiber and protein to keep you satiated and full.
Plus, oats also contain prebiotics and resistant starch, which are good for your gut. Prebiotics play an important role in gut health because they feed the good gut bacteria, or probiotics. Resistant starch is a starch that escapes digestion, and may lower blood cholesterol, triglycerides, and post-prandial blood sugars.
How much fiber in a banana?
1 large banana has 3.5 grams of fiber. The recommended intake of fiber is about 25-34 grams per day for men and women. Basically, 1 large banana provides up to 14% of your recommended daily fiber intake.
What oats to use for overnight oats?
I recommend using old-fashioned rolled oats for overnight oats. I find the texture of steel-cut oats too hard, and instant oats too mushy, so rolled oats are just right (like Goldilocks!).
How long do overnight oats need to sit?
I recommend storing overnight oats in the fridge overnight to allow them adequate time to sit. Of course, if you want a speedier process, 2 hours is just fine! Obviously, they get thicker if stored overnight, so if you can, I'd recommend doing that.
How long can overnight oats stay in the fridge?
Overnight oats can stay in the fridge for 3-4 days. That's what makes them a great meal prep option for breakfast. You can make multiple batches at once and eat them throughout the week. If you're doing this, I highly recommend adding the toppings each day rather than all at once to keep them fresh.
Do you heat up overnight oats?
You certainly can heat up overnight oats! I personally enjoy them cold, but if you're a fan of warm oats, feel free to heat them up in a microwave or in a sauce pot in the morning or whenever you're ready to eat.
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More Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes:
- 12 Easy Overnight Oats Recipes
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Cranberry Orange Sauce Overnight Oats
Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- ⅔ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ⅔ unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice
- 1½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 large ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- Combine oats, chia seeds, almond milk, and Greek yogurt in a jar. Mix together.
- Store overnight or for at least 2 hours in refrigerator.
- Mash a banana using a fork.* Top oats mixture with mashed banana and peanut butter.
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