Busy mornings just got easier—and more delicious—with this Almond Butter Banana Overnight Oats recipe! It’s an easy meal prep breakfast made in a mason jar with old-fashioned oats, creamy almond butter, bananas, and your sweetener of choice. You won’t believe how quick and stress-free your mornings can be.

A gluten-free overnight oats recipe made with almond butter in a jar for a healthy breakfast.

Almond Butter Banana Overnight Oats Recipe

Raise your hand if you’re a morning person…

So many of us aren’t. And recipes, like Almond Butter Overnight Oats, are lifesavers because they take about 3.1 seconds to get ready in the morning .

I’m not exaggerating! By doing all the prep work the night before and letting the fridge do all the work, you can focus on getting out of the house on time.

Plus, this breakfast is FULL of good for you and filling ingredients, so you have energy all day long.

What are Overnight Oats?

Overnight oats are just what they sound like: oatmeal that is made slowly by absorbing liquid through the night. You don’t need the stove. All you have to do is combine oats with a milk of your choice and chill in the fridge for at least two hours.

You can customize this dish in so many ways! Usually, additions like nut butters, fruit, and nuts are mixed in for extra flavor.

A few of my favorites are:

Ingredients

  • Almond butter Grab a smooth variety (not chunky) for the nutty flavor and a creamy texture. If you’ve never tried, it’s super simple to make your own almond butter at home. Or, sub in peanut butter.
  • Banana. Look for a solid yellow or slightly green banana. An overly ripe banana will yield a mushy oatmeal.
  • Oats. The type of oats matter. Old-fashioned rolled oats are the best option. Steer clear of steel-cut oats. If you have to use quick cooking oats, you’ll want to add less milk. Be sure to grab gluten-free oats if needed.
  • Milk. Any type of milk will work. You can choose regular low-fat or whole milk, or a plant-based variety like almond, oat, or soy milk.
  • Sweetener. Both maple syrup and honey are good options.
  • Almonds. Chopped roasted almonds add the perfect crunch.
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How to Make Almond Butter Overnight Oats

Please see the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and more detailed instructions.

1. Combine the Ingredients

You can mix up the ingredients in two different ways. Either stir the ingredients together in a bowl then transfer to the jars, or save time (and dishes!) by just adding everything to the jars from the get-go.

If you’re making the overnight oats directly into the jars, start by dividing the almond butter into two 8-ounce mason jars. If you don’t have mason jars, you can use any small bowls with lids.

Then, add half of the oats, milk of choice, and sweetener to the almond butter.

Use a fork or small whisk to mix up the oat mixture.

2. Chill in the Fridge

Screw a lid onto each jar. Be sure it’s on tight. Set the jars into the fridge.

While you can dig in after 2 hours, they will be best after sitting all night.

When you’re ready to enjoy this quick breakfast, sprinkle some chopped almonds on top and enjoy.

Three jars filled with Almond Butter Banana Overnight Oats on a table for breakfast.
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Are overnight oats healthy?

Yes, overnight oats are incredibly healthy, especially when the main ingredients are good-for-you ingredients like whole grains and healthy fats. However, pay attention to what you add, and avoid too much sugar or high-calorie mix-ins for the healthiest option.

FAQs

Do you need to heat up overnight oats? 

It’s up to you! Some prefer hot oatmeal, but these are delicious cold, as well. In fact, one of the best things about this recipe is it doesn’t require cooking. The oats simply soak in the milk while in the refrigerator and are super thick and creamy when you wake up in the morning.

What is the secret to overnight oats? 

The secret to overnight oats is the correct balance of milk and oats, and giving them enough time to soak together. Overnight is best.

What’s the best milk for overnight oats? 

You can use any type of milk you like! The higher the fat content, the creamier the oatmeal will be. Some flavor will be noticeable in the oatmeal, so options like coconut milk might not be the best.

Recipe Tips

  • Keep it rolling. Old-fashioned, often called rolled oats, are the best option, but quick oats work, too.
  • Add-ins are key. Choose extra ingredients, like yogurt, protein powder, spices, chia seeds, coconut flakes, mini chocolate chips, fresh fruit, or nuts for more flavor and health benefits. Or, choose warm spices, like a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Don’t rush. Though you only need 2 hours, they’re best after an entire night of chilling.
  • Make more. This recipe is perfect for meal-prepping breakfast 2-3 days ahead of time and cutting down your morning routine.
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What to Serve with Overnight Oats

If you want to make something to serve with these overnight oats, try another healthy breakfast idea on the side.

Add some protein, Instant Pot Hard Boiled EggsAir Fryer Hard Boiled EggsEgg White Bites, or Breakfast Egg Muffin Cups

You can also keep it simple with Bacon or Chicken Sausage.

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Almond Butter Overnight Oats

Busy mornings just got easier—and more delicious—with this Almond Butter Banana Overnight Oats recipe! It's a quick meal prep breakfast made in a mason jar with old-fashioned oats, creamy almond butter, bananas, and your sweetener of choice.
Yield 2 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • 4 Tbsp. almond butter smooth or chunky
  • 1 banana sliced
  • 1 cup oats old-fashioned rolled, gluten-free if needed
  • 1 cup milk oat soy, or nut-based milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup almonds roasted and salted, coarsely chopped

Instructions 

  • Fill the Jars: Divide the almond butter into two 8-oz. glass Mason jars along with the sliced banana. Add half of the oats, milk, and sweetener to each jar. Stir the oats with the liquid until well combined.
    4 Tbsp. almond butter, 1 banana, 1 cup oats old-fashioned, 1 cup milk oat, ¼ cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Serve with chopped almonds and additional sliced banana, if desired.
    ¼ cup almonds
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Notes

Storage Instructions:
This dish will keep for up to 3 to 4 days in the fridge, but it is best enjoyed within 24 hours. After this time, it will start to get mushy. 
Recipe Tips
  • Keep it rolling. Old-fashioned, often called rolled oats, are the best option, but quick oats work, too.
  • Add-ins are key. Choose extra ingredients, like yogurt, protein powder, spices, chia seeds, coconut flakes, mini chocolate chips, fresh fruit, or nuts for more flavor and health benefits. Or, choose warm spices, like a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Don’t rush. Though you only need 2 hours, they’re best after an entire night of chilling.
  • Make more. This recipe is perfect for meal-prepping breakfast 2-3 days ahead of time and cutting down your morning routine.

Nutrition

Calories: 514kcal, Carbohydrates: 74g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Sodium: 171mg, Potassium: 670mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 38IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 320mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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