Banana Chocolate overnight oats - an utterly delicious and easy make-ahead breakfast. Great for meal prep and a healthy sweet breakfast perfect on busy mornings.
Who doesn't love to kick start the day with a sweet chocolate breakfast? This chocolate banana overnight oatmeal is not only a dessert for breakfast but a great way to make kids eat their healthy breakfast.
Nothing could be as simple and easy as this no-cook oatmeal breakfast prepared by combining a handful of ingredients and leaving it overnight in the fridge for the oats to soften and flavours to intensify.
Overnight oats are great for meal prep. Make it ahead of time, store it in the fridge and enjoy it for the next 5 days with absolutely zero prep time in the morning. The flavours are customisable with endless options.
Banana: Fresh ripe banana is used here. Even an overripe banana works well in this recipe.
Oats: Old-fashioned oats, also referred to as "rolled oats" are perfect for their texture and taste. Porridge oats or quick oats can be used. However, the texture, taste and differ from old-fashioned oats.
Milk: I use dairy milk. Any plant-based milk would work.
Sweetener: Maple syrup is used here. Feel free to use any sweetener of your choice.
Cocoa powder: Unsweetened cocoa powder has been used here.
Walnuts: As a topping to add a crunchy texture to oatmeal.
Vanilla extract: To enhance the flavour of the oatmeal.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Peel and add the banana into a small bowl and mash it with a fork or potato masher.
Add cocoa powder, salt and a little milk and stir until well combined. Ensure there are no lumps of cocoa powder.
Now add oats, vanilla extract, maple syrup and remaining milk and stir well.
Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
Either transfer the oatmeal mixture into a glass and close it with cling wrap or close the bowl with a plate or cling wrap.
Keep the bowl/glass in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight.
The next day morning, take the oatmeal out of the fridge, top it with banana slices and walnuts and enjoy super delicious and indulgent chocolate banana overnight oats.
Substitutions and Variations
Vegan version: use any plant-based milk of your choice instead of dairy milk.
Sweetener: feel free to use any sweetener of your choice instead of maple syrup.
Nuts and Seeds: Use any nuts or seeds that you have on hand - cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds or melon seeds. Flax meal or chia seeds could be used as well.
Yogurt: A spoon of yogurt topping along with nuts makes a healthy addition.
Vanilla: A warm spice such as cinnamon or nutmeg could be used instead of vanilla.
Overnight oats can be stored for up to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight jar.
Consider storing it in the freezer for longer shelf life.
Once you take the oats jar from the fridge, let it stand on the counter for 10-15 minutes to take the chill off if you do not want to consume chilled overnight oats.
Ensure to add sufficient milk to get the creamy porridge-like oats. While preparing you might feel that's too much milk but the next morning it would be of the right consistency as the oats absorb it.
Do not add too much cocoa powder as it would overpower the flavour and turn oatmeal slightly bitter.
Yes, it is essential to store overnight oats in the fridge to prevent it from spoiling. On warm sunny days, there are high chances of microorganism growth if the banana overnight oats is not kept in the fridge.
Overnight oats is an easy method of preparing oats that don't involve cooking. It is as simple as combining all the ingredients in a bowl, jar or container and letting it sit overnight.
The only time-consuming part is allowing the raw oats to soak for several hours to absorb the liquid and soften.
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Banana Chocolate Overnight Oats
- 1 Bowl
- 1 Glass
- 1 Fork
1 Cup = 250ml ; 1 Tablespoon = 15ml ; 1 Teaspoon = 5ml
- ½ Cup (or) 50 gms Rolled Oats
- 1 ½ Banana
- ½ Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
- 2 Teaspoons Maple Syrup
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- a pinch Salt
- ¼ + ½ Cup Milk
- 4-5 Walnuts chopped
- Peel and add the banana into a small bowl and mash it with a fork or potato masher.1 ½ Banana
- Add cocoa powder, salt and ¼ cup milk and stir until well combined. Ensure there are no lumps of cocoa powder.½ Tablespoon Cocoa Powder, a pinch Salt, ¼ + ½ Cup Milk
- Now add oats, vanilla extract, maple syrup and remaining milk and stir well.½ Cup (or) 50 gms Rolled Oats, 2 Teaspoons Maple Syrup, 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
- Either transfer the oatmeal mixture into a glass and close it with cling wrap or close the bowl with a plate or cling wrap.
- Keep the bowl/glass in the fridge for 6 hours or overnight.
- The next day morning, take the oatmeal out of the fridge, top it with banana slices and walnuts and enjoy super delicious and indulgent chocolate banana overnight oats.4-5 Walnuts, 1 ½ Banana