Banana overnight oats

Banana overnight oats

banana overnight oats

Greece, like most Mediterranean countries, isn’t exactly known for its breakfast culture, so going out for breakfast, especially when you are vegan and a health nut (like me) is hard work and never really that satisfying. While I am happy to occasionally have a vegan pastry and a coffee to start my day, eating like this long term does make me feel crappy and ravenous an hour and a half later.

These overnight (more about that later) oats have kept us going for the entire time we spent travelling around Crete. They are ridiculously easy and quick to make, require no fancy ingredients or kitchen equipment so you could make them with ease (even in a tent) and they’ll keep you full till lunchtime thanks to slow release carbohydrates (oats), fibre-rich bananas, highly satiating nut butter and whatever fruit you have to hand.

The day after we arrived in Heraklion, we spent an hour or two running around town looking for jumbo oats. While an array of processed breakfast cereals jostle for space on every shop’s shelves, it is disproportionately difficult to find unprocessed oats. How crazy is that – don’t even get me started on this! In the end, we had to settle for a mixture of minimally processed breakfast grains including oats, rye, bran etc. and they worked quite well.

Almond butter is super easy to find these days and Crete actually grows its own bananas (they are small and sweet) so we tried to buy those as much as possible. Their sweetness eliminates the need for any added sugar. Apart from that we used a sprinkle of cinnamon and a handful of seasonal fruit: figs, peaches, nectarines, plums and that’s it. No chia seeds, no plant milk needed, no added sugar (unless you want to, of course). It has become my to-go breakfast now when I am travelling. I’ve just had it again during our mini-break in Wales, with foraged blackberries and cobnuts instead 🙂 .

Finally, I called them banana overnight oats, but really I find that there is no need to prepare them a night ahead at all. I tend to make them before I hop into the shower in the morning and that gives the oats plenty of time to soften without getting soggy as I hate soggy oats. It’s your call so adjust the timing to your personal preference. Enjoy. x

banana overnight oats ingredients

banana overnight oats process

banana overnight oats mashed banana

banana overnight oats bowl

banana overnight oats close up

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  • 100 g / 1 heaped cup jumbo* rolled oats (GF certified if needed)
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed up with a fork
  • 1-2 tbsp 100% natural almond butter (peanut butter or tahini will work well here too)
  • ground cinnamon, to taste
  • a handful of nuts, seeds or both
  • approx. 150 g / 5 oz seasonal fruit, per portion
  1. Divide oats between two bowls (or if you are a Duncan, that’s just one portion) and stir approximately 2-3 tablespoons of water (you can use plant milk if you have it handy) into each bowl.
  2. Add mashed up bananas and mix well to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes for the oats to soften.
  3. Drizzle with nut butter and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Top with nuts and seeds and chopped fruit.

*I do not recommend using quick oats as they turn into an unpleasant mush.

8 g
11 g
2 g
8 g
37 g
*per serving
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2 reviews, 8 comments
Hi can I clarify are the oats being stored overnight with the banana?
    Yes, but it depends how soft you like your oats and how unprocessed they are to begin with. I used rolled oat and I like them to have a bit of texture so I mash it all together before I shower and it's perfect when I am ready to eat. Ania
Hi Ania, I have accidentally unsubscribed to your mailing list and would appreciate it if you could please add me again. I absolutely love your recipes and would love to be back on the list to receive them, thank you.
    Hi Maggie,
    Sure, not a problem, I will add your email address in. Thank you for you support! Ania
This is very unique idea! Thank you so much for sharing! Keep it up.
Hi, I’m a lover of oats for breakfast and this recipe sounds lovely. I’m intrigued to know more about the dreaded processed oats as was unaware of these. How do I know a processed oat from a non-processed oat? I am aware that the ‘instant porridge’ type oats are rubbish but beyond that thought oats were oats, just rolled or porridge, both good. Thanks!
    Hi Clare,
    By unprocessed oats I mean jumbo oat flakes that have not been milled or crushed into tiny pieces. It sounds simple, but they are deceptively tricky to find. In the UK, I tend to buy Flahavan's JUMBO OATS (not to be confused with their porridge oats, which are more smaller and therefore have no texture IMO), but we did not succeed in finding anything like that in Heraklion. I am quite fussy when it comes to my oats, they need to have texture. Ania
Hi dear Ania,
I live in England (West Yorkshire) now, and I find it difficult to have a decent vegan meal in a nice restaurant, not talking about breakfast... So I usually make my own. I love oats, I used to eat a lot of them, but I've got bored.
Anyway, I believe this recipe would be perfect for me! I love all the ingredients (yay for pecans!), mmm the fresh fruits! :)
Thank you for sharing with us!
All the best,
PS. I love your blog! ;)
    Thanks, Suzie! I am so happy to hear that you enjoy my blog. Yes, I know exactly what you mean - eating out as a vegan can be tricky, although thankfully things are slowly getting better in a lot of places. I certainly enjoyed eating out more before I went vegan and now I only save it for special occasions and places that I know will deliver. I hope that you will enjoy this 'breakfast hack' if you decide to give it a go. x Ania
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