Delicious Banana Cream Overnight Oats

This easy and delicious banana cream overnight oats are high in potassium.  It can help lower your blood pressure and manage your weight.  This recipe offers a delicious flavor of the traditional banana cream pie.

Banana cream overnight oats in a glass jar, topped wiht sliced bananas and coconut flakes. Lid of glass jar is leaning against the jar on a wood table with a kitchen chair in the background.
Picture by Marissa Frodsham, Nutrition Student

Why Make Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oats

  • North Americans are not getting enough potassium in their diet
  • Potassium is an important mineral to lower blood pressure
  • Breakfast time is busy, and overnight oats save you time in the morning
  • Contains a perfect balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrate

Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

Are you familiar with the traditional homemade banana cream pie?  The creamy vanilla pudding filling is piled high with bananas and topped with shredded coconut, more bananas, and chocolate shavings.

If you want to bring some nostalgia to this old fashion flavor, try this healthy spin.

Banana Cream Overnight Oats Ingredients

This recipe is full of foods that will lower your blood pressure and unclog your arteries:

  • banana – full of blood pressure-lowering potassium
  • rolled oats – full of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber
  • unsweetened soy milk – a rich source of cholesterol-lowering plant protein and helps hydrate or cook the oats
  • Greek yogurt – is a rich source of blood pressure-lowering calcium and helps hydrate or cook the oats
  • chia seeds – is a great source of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and blood pressure-lowering potassium and magnesium. They also help thicken your oats for a creamy consistency.  
  • vanilla, coconut, honey – bring out the traditional banana cream flavors

Rolled Oats

Do yourself a favor, and don’t substitute steel-cuts oats in this recipe.  Although they are higher in fiber and nutrients, they need more cooking power than a simple overnight soak.

That being said, you can definitely use them but expect them to be very chewy and almost “raw” tasting.

I also don’t recommend buying instant oats as they are so processed, that they have the opposite problem of not having enough texture.

My favorite type of oat to use in this recipe is an old-fashioned rolled oat. This will deliver the creamy, smooth texture you are looking for.

How To Make Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oats Recipe

Banana cream overnight oats in a glass jar with a view from above showing the toppings of sliced bananas and shredded coconut.
Picture by Marissa Frodsham, Nutrition Student

Start by cutting the banana in half.  If possible, leave the peel on one half of the banana (because you will save this portion for the following morning when you need to slice this for the topping).  Mash the unpeeled banana with a fork.

You can use frozen bananas here if you have them (as a bonus it will be easier to mash!).  Overripe bananas are also easier to mash (and sweeter too!)

Then combine the remaining ingredients which include rolled oats, yogurt, chia seeds, coconut, soy milk, vanilla, and honey (if using). Stir until combined.

Place the oat mixture into a small container or jar and then place it in the fridge for at least an hour for the flavors to mix and the oats to “cook.”  If you can wait overnight, I recommend that for the best texture.  

When you are ready to eat, give the oat mixture a good stir.  You will want to slice the remaining portion of the banana and sprinkle on coconut flakes right before consuming. If you find the oatmeal is a bit dry after sitting overnight, add some more soy milk until your desired consistency is reached.

You can eat these overnight oats cold, or heat them up in the microwave until they are warmed to your liking.

Don’t Forget These Important Steps

Add The Toppings Last

I know it is tempting to add the sliced banana and coconut shavings into the oats before you go to bed because, well that just makes life that much easier in the morning, right?

Well, I recommend holding back. Anything you add to the liquid will soak and soften resulting in soggy coconut and mushy banana.

Reserve the banana slice and coconut shavings right before serving, when possible.  

Don’t Forget A Final Stir

In the morning, a common mistake is forgetting to stir before gobbling it up. Just because you stirred the oats into the liquid last night, doesn’t mean they won’t benefit from another stir. The bottom of the oats is likely to be pretty mushy while the top still could have a little crunch left in it.  Stir it up for a consistent texture.  

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Recipe Variations

This flavor combination truly resembles that traditional banana cream pie, in the healthiest way possible.

The only additional ingredient that may be missing is chocolate shavings, cocoa powder, graham crackers, and/or whipped cream.  You do you!

Nutrition

These banana cream pie overnight oats taste like a dessert without added sugar.

  • It is a perfect balance of carbohydrates in a meal with 12 grams of fiber!
  • This banana cream overnight oats recipe offers 16g of protein, without any protein powder.
  • It is naturally low in sodium
  • It is high in potassium at almost 800mg
  • It’s a good source of calcium at 235 mg
  • And a great source of magnesium. 

If you are interested in learning about other foods (other than bananas!) that are high in potassium, check out this article on potassium in chickpeas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Make Overnight Oats With Banana

Yes, you can make overnight oats with bananas.  Mashed banana offers natural sweetness that is loaded with vitamins and minerals like potassium. That being said, it’s important to add enough liquid to soften (or cook) the oats overnight.  If you only use mashed banana to cook the oats, that will be too little liquid, and the oats won’t be able to soften enough and get that creamy consistency. Be sure to combine the banana with other liquids like dairy beverages, yogurt, or coconut water.

Can You Make Overnight Oats With Yogurt

Banana cream overnight oats (without the cream!) is made with yogurt.  Instead of cream, we use greek yogurt here, a thick and rich (but healthier!) substitute.

Can You Put Frozen Banana In Overnight Oats

You can absolutely put a frozen banana in overnight oats. I would recommend defrosting and mashing the banana before adding it to these oats to help evenly combine it for a consistent flavor and smooth texture. What a great way to use up those frozen bananas!

When To Add Banana To Overnight Oats

You want to add mashed banana initially, but I would suggest saving the sliced bananas (used for toppings) to be added right before serving to avoid making the fruit too soggy. Having mashed and sliced bananas add different textures to the dish, that you don’t want to miss.

Is Overnight Soaked Oats Healthy?

Overnight-soaked oats are healthy! They are fantastic breakfast food full of fiber that will keep you full until lunch. Overnight oats offer lots of opportunities for variations and flavors. Switch up the liquids, protein, and toppings to ensure you are eating a variety of nutrients.

Is Overnight Soaked Oats Good For Weight Loss?

Yes, overnight-soaked oats are good for weight loss. This recipe contains 12 grams of fiber (an important nutrient to support weight loss), and most women need around 25 grams of fiber a day, which means you are almost meeting 50% of your fiber intake before noon! This will help keep your cravings in check and your body well nourished for the day.

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Final Thoughts

You don’t want to miss this simple overnight oats recipe with bananas. Eating this banana cream pie overnight oats recipe for breakfast will flood you with thoughts of your grandmother’s traditional cream pies. Is there a better way to start your day?

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Banana cream overnight oats in a glass jar, topped wiht sliced bananas and coconut flakes. Lid of glass jar is leaning against the jar on a wood table with a kitchen chair in the background.

Delicious Banana Cream Overnight Oats

This easy and delicious banana cream overnight oats is high in potassium.  It can help lower your blood pressure and manage your weight.  This recipe offers a delicious flavor or the tradition banana cream pie.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 404 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana ½ mashed, and ½ cut into slices
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup soy milk unsweetened
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp honey optional

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mash ½ a banana with a fork.
  • Add rolled oats, yogurt, chia seeds, soy milk, vanilla and honey (if using). Stir until combined.
  • Place the oat mixture into a small container or jar.
  • Place in the fridge for up to an hour, or overnight.
  • When you are ready to eat top with the other half of your banana (sliced). Sprinkle on additional coconut flakes if desired.
  • Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 404kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 16gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 43mgPotassium: 794mgFiber: 12gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 84IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 235mgIron: 3mg
Keyword banana, creamy, heart healthy, overnight oats
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