If mornings are a constant battle and you could use an easy, kid friendly breakfast then this simple Hummingbird Cake overnight oats recipe is exactly what you’re looking for. Sweet bananas, buttery pecans, unsweetened coconut flakes, oats, and other yummy (but wholesome!) ingredients get tossed together for a timesaving, make ahead breakfast that the tastes like dessert!
For this recipe you’ll need: old fashioned or quick oats (depends on the texture you want), milk, chia seeds (I know, but trust me), bananas, vanilla yogurt, pecans, unsweetened coconut flakes, crushed pineapple, orange juice (just a little), a little sugar or honey, vanilla or banana protein powder (optional), salt, cinnamon
Overnight Oats Recipe Backstory
First of all – no I have not lost my mind, nor I am not a kidnapper pretending to be Marye. It has come to my attention that mornings can be a major pain in the butt.
As you may know, my oldest daughter and my three grandchildren are living with us – bringing the total population of the house to nine people, four dogs, two cats, and a college kid that comes and goes. My nine year old granddaughter is not a morning person. In fact, some mornings she makes Jack Nicholson look not so scary.
Getting her, and the other kids, out the door in time for school can be tricky – and it makes me remember why I used to homeschool in the first place.
I like for the kids to have a good breakfast of something besides cereal and milk so I find myself in the kitchen at 6:15 am, slurping black coffee and trying to get biscuits or pancakes done in time for the kids to gobble them down. We go through over half a dozen eggs a day so I promise you I like breakfasts that don’t necessarily include eggs.
These oats are made the night before. They’re sweet and creamy, and while they won’t replace my favorite hummingbird cake at dessert time, they work really well for breakfast.
I think Mason jars are super cute – especially for pictures – but I prefer to eat out of a bowl. You can make this recipe right in your favorite bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Yes, it takes more space but it is also much more civilized for those of us who grew up setting the dinner table with goblets, plates, two forks, a spoon, and a butter knife for every meal. Cloth napkins on the side…
Seriously. Watch some reruns of Father Knows Best or The Andy Griffith Show. Aunt Bea would NEVER have stuck a Mason jar on the breakfast table.
Overnight Oats FAQs
This recipe is rated: Stupid Easy – anyone can do this
What is overnight oatmeal?
Since oats soak up liquid you can “cook” them overnight in the refrigerator. Overnight oatmeal is oatmeal that has ingredients added to it and then is allowed to sit for at least 6 hours or overnight.
How do you make overnight oats?
It’s pretty simple and straight forward. A 6 year old could do it with some help the first time.
- Use a Mason jar with a lid or a bowl and plastic wrap.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seed (helps give it a creamier texture)
- 1/2 cup milk, almond milk, cashew milk…or whatever
- 1/4 cup yogurt, peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter – or whatever…completely optional
- 2 tablespoons nuts
- 1 teaspoon of flavor (vanilla, cinnamon… whatever you like)
- 2 teaspoons of sweetener – sugar, honey, date sugar, agave, maple syrup, brown sugar, erythritol, whatever…
- Stir it together, cover with plastic wrap, and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
- Add more sweetener, fruit, nuts, or whatever to the top in the morning.
And that, y’all, is it.
Do you eat overnight oats cold?
Usually overnight oats are taken right from the fridge and eaten but there’s no reason you couldn’t warm them up in the microwave. Just don’t heat too much – you’ll end up with a muffin.
Can I make overnight oats with just milk?
Sure. Any liquid is fine – just make it roughly equal parts of liquid and oats.
How long do overnight oats last?
Overnight oats will last roughly 5 days in the refrigerator if tightly covered . Of course, they will continue to soften so you should be aware that the texture will change from day to day.
Can I use quick oats in overnight oats?
You can use any kind of oats. Quick oats will be ready within an hour but can be held for as long as 5 days. Rolled or Old Fashioned Oats will take longer – at least 6 hours.
How to Make Overnight Oats Vegan
It’s easy to make overnight oats vegan – just use non-dairy products like almond milk in place of the dairy products specified in the recipe.
Are Overnight Oats Gluten Free?
Overnight oats are gluten free if they specify “certified gluten free” on the package. While oats don’t really have gluten in them they are often processed in factories that also process wheat.
This is a super easy recipe to make but here are some notes I made while creating it.
- Dip the banana slices in orange or lemon or lime juice to keep them from turning brown.
- If you are using any fruit that oxidizes when sliced be sure to dip it in the juice as above.
- You don’t have to use chia seeds but it give it a thicker, creamier texture.
- Different people like different textures. Use more liquid if you want a more liquid texture and less liquid if you want a firmer texture.
- Add a tablespoon or two of protein powder to increase the protein – especially if you do weight training.
- A tablespoon of coconut oil adds flavor as well as healthy fat.
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So, if you are meal prepping for the week you can make them up Sunday evening and eat them all week long – Mason jars really are the perfect way to store overnight oats – you can always spoon it into a bowl when you’re ready to eat it, right?
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Hummingbird Cake Overnight Oats Recipe
This is so good. Really. Don’t skip the salt, by the way. I think that it’s bland without it. If you like this recipe please give it 5 stars.
Hummingbird Cake Overnight Oats
- 1 ripe banana, mash 1/2 and slice 1/2
- 2 tablespoons orange juice, , any citrus juice will work
- 1/2 cup oats, ,I used quick oats
- 1/2 cup milk, , more if desired
- 2 tablespoons yogurt, ,I used vanilla
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons sugar, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon coconut flakes, unsweetened
- 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
- 1 Maraschino cherry
- 1 teaspoon pineapple, , unsweetened in juice - crushed
- Cut the banana in half.
- Mash half the banana and add a 1/2 teaspoon of orange juice to keep it from turning brown.
- Slice the other half of the banana and drop the slices in to orange juice (or other citrus) for a minute to keep them from turning brown
- Drain the banana slices and pat dry.
- Add oats, milk, mashed banana, yogurt, chia seed, vanilla, sugar (or sweetener), cinnamon, and salt to a bowl.
- Mix well.
- Top with coconut flakes, chopped pecans, banana slices, and a cherry.
- Cover with plastic wrap.
- Chill for 6 hours or overnight.
- Eat cold or warm up in the microwave.
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