over night oats with banana nuts in glass jar

Sometimes the quick and easy recipes trump the complicated and time-consuming recipes, and that is what this recipe is all about.

Overnight oats are one of my go-to breakfast fares, both because they are healthy and nutritious while being easy to make. This trending breakfast dish is therefore perfect for busy mornings and warmer months as you wouldn’t have to linger near the stove anymore.

They take only 5 to 10 minutes to prep. Besides, you can enjoy your creamy grab and go breakfast in the morning by just popping the oatmeal filled containers in the refrigerator the night before.

oatmeal for breakfast

With crunchy walnuts, hearty oats, and nutrient-packed chia seeds, this oatmeal fare is highly satiating & satisfying. The slow-digesting carbs from the oats will keep you full all morning long without creating any sugar spikes and drops.

Besides, oats contain a prebiotic fiber; known as resistant starch, which promotes a healthy gut microbiome. Alongside, the dish is loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats from the walnuts which makes them high in fat, proteins & fiber.

Furthermore, honey and cinnamon add a satisfying natural sweetness and flavor which makes it taste delightful.

So if you are looking for a no-cook recipe, then this oatmeal which comes with the classic banana nut bread taste and flavor is the apt one.

Take a bite and you can feel the mouth-watering goodness of the banana-walnut flavor in this porridge. Banana thickens and sweetness overnight oats.

On top, you can meal prep the oatmeal. Make them on Sunday and you wouldn’t have to worry about breakfast for the next three to four days as they are excellent make-ahead options.

Overnight oats are easy to customize according to your diet and flavor preferences. You can add any of your favorite ingredients to it and still the oats would be delicious.

How to Make Overnight Oats with Banana & Nuts


  • 1 ½ bananas, ripe & sliced, divided
  • ½ tsp cinnamon, grounded
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk, preferably low-fat
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt, plain & preferably low-fat
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, grounded
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp walnuts, chopped

Method of Preparation

First, place rolled oats in a glass mason jar, and to this, pour the milk. Stir well.

Next, top it with the sliced banana, followed by Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Tip: The oats should be submerged in the milk so that it soaks well.

putting sliced banana into jar

Now, spoon in the walnuts and extra slices of banana over it.

Then, close the lid and shake well. Keep it in the refrigerator overnight or for a minimum duration of 6 hours.  Tip: More time you can keep, the better will be the taste.

Before serving, take out the jar and enjoy it cold. Or you can microwave it on low heat for 2 minutes in increments of 30 seconds or until it is warm throughout if you don’t prefer the colder one.


Nutritional Information per calories:

  • Calories: 665Kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 114g
  • Proteins: 23.3g
  • Fat: 16.4g
  • Sodium: 65.5mg

Overnight Oats with Banana & Nuts Tips

  • You can roast the walnuts for 8 to 10 minutes at 350 ◦ F for more flavor.
  • Do not use quick oats for this recipe, as it becomes soggy by the time you consume the oats in the morning. Steel-cut oats are also not suitable for this recipe, as they will still maintain the crunchy texture even after soaking for this much time. So use either old-fashioned oats or thick rolled oats.
  • For a richer creamy texture and to boost the protein content, you can add peanut butter or almond butter.
  • To enhance the taste, you can add a dash of salt to bring out the nutty flavor of the oats.
  • If you are into chocolate flavor, you a avoid cinnamon and spoon in two tablespoons of cocoa powder.
cacao powder on plate
  • You can top it with fresh raspberries for more flavor, texture, and nutrition.
  • Instead of chopping walnuts, you can crush walnuts and use the same as toppings.
  • If you prefer the texture of mashed banana, you can use that instead of sliced banana as it is said in the recipe.
  • Overnight oats last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Just make sure to add the toppings only before serving. Similarly, you can freeze them in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months in an air-tight container but you would have to add a bit more water before freezing.

Overnight Oats with Banana & Nuts FAQ

For best results, follow the recipe as it is.

However, some common substitutes would work well in this recipe. They are:

  • Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup, stevia, applesauce, coconut sugar, etc.
  • Instead of dairy milk, you can use unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk, coconut, or soy milk if you want it to be vegan.
  • Similarly to make it vegan, avoid Greek yogurt and double the amount of chia seeds or use nut butter or mashed banana. Or you can even use coconut yogurt.
  • Instead of walnuts, you can use pecans.
  • To make it gluten-free, you can use gluten-free oats.
  • Instead of chia seeds, you can also use hemp hearts or flax seeds. But then, the texture would be slightly different from the pudding texture that chia seeds give.

How can you make the oatmeal chunkier?

You can reduce the amount of milk or your choice of non-dairy milk.

What to do if the porridge is too thick?


You can add more milk or your choice of non-dairy milk to thin it out.

Is it possible to make the overnight oats without milk?

Yes, you can substitute it with water if you don’t want the creamy texture.

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