Overnight Oats

A yummy on-the-go breakfast or a wonderfully easy make-ahead breakfast that leaves you free in the morning for other endeavors while your family are still nurtured and fed.  They do not have to be overnight oats.  I’m up really early and have made them in the morning and chilled for a couple hours until we’re ready to eat.




For a creamier more pudding-like consistency (or for those who do not appreciate chia seeds) combine the liquids with the chia seeds and banana in a blender and blend until seeds are just specks.  You can also purchase white chia seeds for visual purposes.  The seeds have all the same benefits.  Pour over the oats in your jar or bowl and stir as directed in the recipe.  Chill, add fruit and serve.



I often make three days at a time and store in the fridge.  Just blend together  the liquids for all three and divide them evenly into the jars.  Because we do not use much in the way of sugars, if the bananas are nice and ripe, we don’t even add the syrup.  Definitely depends on a person’s tastes.




Overnight Oats

Yield: 1 Individual Serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: Overnight or a couple hours


1/2 full cup old-fashioned rolled oats — gluten-free as needed

2/3 cup almond milk or your choice

1/2 of a medium-sized ripe banana*, mashed smooth

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract — gluten-free as needed

pinch of Ceylon cinnamon, opt.


Option 1:

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a wide-mouth glass pint jar, or container of your choice.  Stir well to incorporate the chia seeds so they don’t clump together.
  2. Stir again as the chia starts to thicken.
  3. Cover and chill overnight.
  4. Add your choice of fruit in the morning and enjoy!

Option 2:  (for a more pudding-like texture or for those who do not appreciate chia seeds)

  1. Measure oats into container.
  2. Combine milk, banana, chia seeds, syrup, and vanilla in a blender cup and blend on high until seeds are reduced to tiny flecks. (for eye appeal you can also use white chia seeds).
  3. Add to oats and mix well, waiting a couple minutes and mix again.
  4. Cover and chill overnight.
  5. Add you choice of fruit in the morning and enjoy!



*This does not have a strong banana flavor, but for the creamy texture and no banana flavor, use a yellow banana without green but not yet spotted.