Thick and creamy peanut butter banana overnight oats are made with oatmeal, Greek yogurt, almond milk, chia seeds, banana, and of course, peanut butter. This is an easy, healthy recipe that you can make right in a mason jar. A simple, delicious, nutritious breakfast that can easily be made vegan as well!
Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast
Overnight oatmeal is one of my favorite healthy breakfast options. It’s quick + easy to make, great to customize, and loaded with nutrient-rich ingredients. And one bowl will leave you fueled and satiated for hours. This recipe for peanut butter banana overnight oats reminds me of my 3-ingredient banana cookies. I just cannot get enough of that peanut butter/banana combo! So good!
What are overnight oats?
If you’ve never tried overnight oats you’re in for a real treat! Overnight oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal. Instead of making baked oatmeal or cooking the oats on the stovetop or in the microwave, you soak the raw oats with milk and a few other ingredients. As the oats soak, they will absorb the liquid and become soft enough to eat uncooked. They need a bit of time to fully absorb the liquid (at least 3 hours) and work great to soak all night long… hence the name overnight oats!
In the morning, you have a ready-to-eat, delicious, creamy bowl (or jar) of oatmeal. You can eat the overnight oats cold, straight out of the refrigerator, or pop them in the microwave and warm them up a bit. The consistency is similar to porridge or pudding. It makes for a hearty and convenient breakfast that has a more thick and creamy texture than cooked oatmeal.
I like to make a few batches on Sunday, so I have a ready-to-go, nutritious breakfast throughout the busy week. We’re also obsessed with this strawberry peanut butter version of overnight oats.
Ingredients for Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats are packed with nutritious ingredients and when combined make for a hearty, satisfying breakfast with a good balance of fat, protein, and carbs. Here’s the lineup:
- Oats. For any overnight oats recipe, it’s best to use old–fashioned rolled oats. Quick oats can work, but will result in a softer, mushier texture.
- Milk. Whatever milk you enjoy will work great in this recipe. I like unsweetened almond milk best.
- Greek yogurt. This makes your oats super creamy and gives them a nice boost of protein. Use any favorite yogurt. I would recommend plain or vanilla yogurt, so that the banana/peanut butter flavors really shine through.
- Chia seeds. These are optional, but I always add them to my overnight oats because they make the oats super thick and more satisfying.
- Cinnamon. For a boost of flavor!
- Banana. I love banana slices in my overnight oats, but feel free to use strawberries, apples, blueberries, or blackberries instead!
- Peanut butter. Such delicious flavor and extra healthy fats. Feel free to use another type of nut butter, or omit it, if you prefer.
How to Make Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
This overnight oats recipe could not be easier – mix, soak and enjoy!
- Mix. Combine oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds and cinnamon in a sealable jar, bowl or container (I like to use a 16-ounce mason jar). Gently fold in the banana slices and peanut butter.
- Soak. Once you have all your ingredients stirred together, simply cover and place the oat mixture in the fridge to soak for at least 3 hours or overnight.
- Enjoy! When you’re ready for breakfast, grab your overnight oats from the fridge, add a splash of milk for a smoother consistency and give the oats a stir. Don’t forget your favorite toppings!
Customize This Recipe
There are so many ways you can change things up and customize this overnight oats recipe! Here are some fun and tasty options:
- Toppings. Add your choice of toppings to make these oats your own! We love unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins or dried cranberries, fresh fruit, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, granola and/or extra nut or seed butter.
- Fruit. Swap the banana for another favorite fruit option. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, mango, peaches, apples… the options are endless!
- Yogurt. While I typically stick with vanilla or plain Greek yogurt, I think a banana-flavored or even berry-flavored yogurt would be yummy too! Just be sure to look for lower-sugar brands.
Here are some tips for perfect overnight oats every time!
- Meal prep. This peanut butter banana overnight oats recipe makes one serving. To meal prep several servings, go ahead and double, triple or quadruple this recipe.
- Gluten free. Overnight oats are naturally gluten free. You’ll just want to make sure your oats are certified gluten free.
- Vegan + dairy free. This recipe is super easy to make vegan and dairy free! Just be sure to use a nondairy milk and yogurt.
- Nut free. Can’t have nuts? You can simply leave out the peanut butter or drizzle these oats with sunflower seed butter.
- Warm them up. Not a fan of cold oatmeal? Overnight oats are actually great warmed up, too! Simply warm them in a bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute or two, depending on how warm you like them. Once heated, give them a good stir and feel free to add a bit more milk, if you’d like.
Storing Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
This healthy peanut butter banana overnight oats recipe will keep well in the refrigerator in an airtight container or in mason jars for up to 3 days. We love to store them in jars, so they’re portable and can be taken on-the-go. When you’re ready to enjoy them, give them a good stir and add an extra splash of milk.
More Oatmeal Recipes to Try:
- How to Make Overnight Oats (4 Ways)
- How to Cook Steel Cut Oats (3 Ways)
- Apple Pie Oats
- Pumpkin Oatmeal
If you make and enjoy these peanut butter banana overnight oats, be sure to leave a comment and ★ rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for me and our Clean & Delicious community (thank you!).
Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Combine oats, almond milk, yogurt, chia seeds cinnamon in a sealable jar (or bowl) stir until well combined.
- Gently fold in banana and peanut butter. Place in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 3 hours.
- Top with your favorite toppings (if you'd like!) and enjoy.
- Sometimes I’ll add half of the peanut butter to the oats and save the other half for a topping!
- Don’t like bananas, try swapping in strawberries, apples, blueberries, or blackberries instead!
- I recommend using rolled oats for the best texture. Quick oats can also work but will result in a softer, mushier texture.
- Overnight oats will happily last in the fridge for up to 3 days.