In honoring the new year, I’m looking back at some of my favorite old recipes here on the blog and revamping them. First off, there’s these overnight oats which were one of the first ever breakfast recipes which I posted almost a year ago. Overnight oats are basically rolled oats mixed with spices, almond milk, chia seeds, and other superfoods that you let soak in the fridge, well, overnight. Then, when you open them up in the morning, you’ll find a thick, creamy raw vegan oatmeal ready to be devoured! This time, I’ve made cinnamon almond butter banana overnight oats that are a million times tastier than any oatmeal I’ve ever had.
When I first heard of overnight oats, I was skeptical because I’d had oatmeal but I’d never had COLD oats before. But once I made them, I was instantly hooked. There’s something about the ease of waking up in the morning and having a fresh jar of oats already in the fridge that soothes me. It allows me to relax in the morning and enjoy my breakfast when I otherwise would’ve been rushing. Plus, these overnight oats are healthy, all-natural, vegan, and gluten-free so it’s a great way to start my day.
When you soak the oats overnight in a combo of almond milk + chia seeds + spices/nut butter/banana, you get a really nice thick consistency. If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s runny oatmeal. That’s the magic of combining chia seeds with almond milk, it really allows it to get nice and thick when refrigerated overnight. Feel free to use any dairy-free milk you have handy (soy milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc.) in place of the almond milk.
As for the mix-ins, the combination of almond butter, cinnamon, and banana is a classic and all-time favorite of mine. You really can’t go wrong with these three ingredients in my opinion. I used fresh, homemade almond butter with a dash of Himalayan sea salt that I had just made over the weekend. It was nice and creamy, adding a healthy dose of protein to my oats.
As for the banana, just be sure to use one that’s really nice and ripe because it adds a great flavor and natural sweeteness to the overnight oats. I added extra coconut sugar too for more of a sweet caramel-like flavor, but you can subsitute this for maple syrup or brown rice syrup. I’ve tried both before and they came out equally as delicious!
The great part about overnight oats is that you can play around with them and try out different flavors. If this is something you guys are interested in, I can post more oat recipes! If you like this recipe and try it out, please share with me on Instagram @asunshinemission. I love seeing when you all make my recipes!
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- In a small mixing bowl, mash the banana.
- Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until well combined.
- Transfer oats to a mason jar.
- Seal the jar tightly and refrigerate it overnight.
- Take out of the fridge when you're ready to eat, top with extra banana slices + chia seeds, and enjoy!