Peanut butter banana overnight oats is a delicious way to get the morning started, you just need 5 minutes and a bowl with a lid. Make extra for breakfasts for the week. Use this simple Overnight Oats with Yogurt template.
[This recipe was originally posted in April 2018. It has been updated with new photos, cooking instructions, expert tips, FAQ, related recipes, video and ways to repurpose/use up ingredients]
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Overnight oats make for an easy breakfast that is great to eat while getting ready for the day, on your commute, or at your desk. They don't require any prep in the morning, and can be thrown together in about 5 minutes.
You can even skip stirring them after adding ingredients, just make sure to add the yogurt first, then cover all the oats with your milk. This will ensure the oats get hydrated and soften up. Stir them before eating.
These peanut butter banana overnight oats, and many others also store well, so make extra servings, or pop leftovers back in the fridge for later if you're less hungry.
Scroll down to the peanut butter banana overnight oats recipe card for the amounts of each ingredient, but here's a quick visual + description of what's in this recipe.
- Greek yogurt: Adds creaminess, protein, and helps hydrate oats. Use plain, vanilla or fruit flavored.
- Old fashioned oats: Use old fashioned/rolled oats or steel cut oats. Quick oats would work, but they might get mushy since they're chopped up smaller.
- Peanut butter: Adds protein, satiety, and delicious flavor. Use creamy peanut butter or chunky. Or another type of nut butter.
- Chia seeds: Adds a fun texture to your peanut butter banana overnight oats and some fiber. You can skip them if you want, though.
- Vanilla extract: Adds a slight vanilla taste and what feels like sweetness.s
- Cinnamon: A dash of cinnamon adds some flavor, this is optional too.
- Banana: Add your favorite ripeness of banana for added flavor and sweetness. A riper banana will sweeten up your overnight oats more than one that needs to be sliced.
- Milk: You'll need some liquid to hydrate the oats, I like adding milk for creaminess, flavor, and added protein. You could use water in these peanut butter banana overnight oats.
Scroll down to the peanut butter banana overnight oats recipe card for more detailed instructions. Here's a quick overview + photos to see how to make this recipe in general.
1.Add plain Greek yogurt, old fashioned oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, and vanilla extract to a bowl or mason jar with a lid.
Layer in yogurt first if you want to skip stirring your peanut butter banana overnight oats before refrigerating.
2. Sprinkle cinnamon over your overnight oats ingredients, slice up banana and add to jar, then cover with milk.
3. Remove your peanut butter banana overnight oats from the fridge prior to eating, heat it up or eat cold depending on preference.
You can store these overnight oats in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about a week. Eat peanut butter banana overnight oats cold or warm up in the microwave (just remove the lid if it's metal.
- Use your favorite type of milk, cows milk or dairy free option, and as much as you'd like.
- You don't have to stir your oats either (just add yogurt first, then oats and other toppings. Make sure oats are submerged in the liquid so they can hydrate), you can stir it right before eating in the AM.
- Substitute the peanut butter for your favorite nut butter: sunflower butter (for nut allergies), almond butter, cashew butter, etc.
- Use a light weight jar if you're taking it to work. It'll be just as easy but not as heavy.
- Adjust the amounts of each ingredient to your preference
- Store your overnight oats in the fridge for up to about a week, that means you can make extra for more breakfasts.
- Other great add-ins: honey, maple syrup, sugar, other fruit like berries or apple slices, flax seeds, other seeds, chocolate chips, chocolate protein powder, or vanilla protein powder in peanut butter banana overnight oats.
Overnight oats can have different amounts of protein in them depending on what ingredients you add to them. These peanut butter banana overnight oats, for example, have Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and oats for protein.
It's a great combination for breakfast, especially if you enjoy them. Banana is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Peanut butter is a good source of plant based fat and protein to keep you satisfied.
Peanut butter banana overnight oats is a great way to enjoy the flavors of peanut butter and banana, in an easy to make and transport breakfast that's satisfying.
High protein add-ins: Greek yogurt, peanut butter, peanut butter powder, cottage cheese, protein powder, etc. This peanut butter banana overnight oats recipe has 3 of these high protein add-ins to make it satisfying.
Other good overnight oats recipes
What to do with leftover ingredients
When you're cooking for one, you often have leftover produce, cans of whatever ingredient, etc. Here are a couple ideas on how to use up the leftover ingredients. It'll help you save money by wasting fewer ingredients.
- Oats: Peanut Butter Granola, Overnight Oats with Yogurt
- Peanut butter: PB Caramel Sauce, Chunky Monkey Chia Pudding, Peanut Butter Granola, PB Greek Yogurt Dip
- Banana: Mixed Berry Smoothie with Granola, Chunky Monkey Chia Pudding
- Greek yogurt: Lentil Stroganoff, Spiced Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce, Curry Pumpkin Soup & Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with Banana
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¾ cup old fashioned oats
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- sprinkle cinnamon
- ½ medium banana sliced
- 1 cup milk or adjust depending on personal preference
- Add all ingredients, with milk last, cover and refrigerate until use (up to about a week). You can heat it up or eat cold depending on preference.
- If you use vanilla or other flavored yogurt, no need to add vanilla extract
- Swap peanut butter for your favorite nut butter, same with the milk
- Use old fashioned/rolled oats or steel cut oats. Quick oats would work too, but they might get more hydrated/break apart more since they're cut up more than old fashioned.
- Optional toppings: fresh or frozen fruit, honey, maple syrup, other sweetener, protein powder, etc.
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