Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats with Walnuts

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Overnight oats are an easy healthy breakfast idea for busy mornings. Loaded with whole oats, healthy walnuts, fresh bananas and almond milk, you get plenty of protein and fiber to get your day started.  This oatmeal recipe uses Almond Breeze® Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas, which gives your homemade oats plenty of banana flavor to go along with the delicious chocolate!

mason jar with chocolate oatmeal and container of walnuts and jug of almond breeze banana almond milk

Almond Breeze® Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas is Perfect for Overnight Oats!

I love making overnight oats and often use almondmilk for a non-dairy version. Whether you are vegan or just want to reduce consumption of animal-based foods, almond milk is a great dairy alternative in homemade oatmeal.

I found Almond Breeze® Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas in my local Kroger and it has a half a banana in each serving! It is made with real Blue Diamond almonds and contains 50% more calcium than regular dairy milk.

Almondmilk is delicious in everything from smoothies and cereals to cooking and baking. It’s a great vegan source of vitamin D and E.

oatmeal ingredients in glass bowl and banana almond milk on cutting board

Chocolate Banana Nut Oatmeal Ingredients

In general, overnight oats are a very flexible breakfast recipe. For these non-dairy overnight oats, use Almond Breeze® Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas and non-dairy yogurt as your ‘liquid’ ingredients.

The key to good overnight oatmeal is using the right oats and adding the right amount of liquid ingredients.  Do not use the instant oats, steel cut, or ‘quick’ oatmeal.  You want regular whole, rolled oats.  I used organic oatmeal, however, that choice is up to you.

For non-dairy oatmeal, Almond Breeze® Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas works wonderfully, giving the oats a creamy texture while still giving you a vegan breakfast to enjoy.

chocolate Banana nut bread overnight oats recipe ingredients

 

In addition to the oats, almondmilk and yogurt, add high quality cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  (the cinnamon and nutmeg really make the cocoa flavor stand out!)

homemade overnight oats with text box Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

The addition of chia seeds to overnight oats helps absorb the excess liquid not absorbed by the oats themselves.  I find it creates a thicker overnight oats recipe than without them.   Here are the banana walnut oats ingredients you need to have on hand for this recipe:

Chocolate Banana Walnut Overnight Oats in a mason jar with banana, oats, chocolate chips, and walnuts

How to Make Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

Making overnight oats in general is very easy. If you want to make individual serving sizes that are ready to grab and go, make them in single serving mason jars right from the start.  (this recipe will make 2 to 3 servings)

If you are feeding several kids or just want a big container of homemade oatmeal in the fridge, mix your ingredients in a large bowl, cover and chill overnight.  Then, in the morning, layer your oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, nuts and chocolate chips in a mason jar for a beautiful presentation.

homemade oatmeal ingredients and chocolate overnight oats in bowl

To make chocolate banana overnight oats, combine the oatmeal, yogurt, Almond Breeze® Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas, healthy walnuts, chia seeds, cocoa powder, chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.

Mix to combine.  Stir thoroughly since the cocoa powder will take some time to combine with the liquid.

Chocolate oatmeal in mason jar with fresh bananas walnuts and chocolate chips in a mason jar

How long do overnight oats have to sit?

Once your overnight oatmeal ingredients are all mixed together, cover and chill at least a few hours.  (overnight works best, in my opinion!).

You can make these oats up ahead of time on the weekend and they will be good all week.

In the morning, spoon your delicious chocolate oatmeal into a jar (or bowl).  Top it with more yogurt, fresh bananas, chopped walnuts, and chocolate chips.  Then sit down and dig in!

homemade oats in mason jar with nuts banana and almond milk on cutting board

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats Recipe

This chocolate banana overnight oats recipe has yogurt, chia seeds, fresh bananas, walnuts, and chocolate. Plenty of protein, fiber and delicious flavor to start your day off right.

With Almond Breeze® Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas, you get plenty of banana flavor in every bite.

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Yield: 2 servings

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats with Walnuts

Chocolate overnight oats in mason jar with fresh bananas walnuts and chocolate chips in a mason jar

This chocolate banana walnut overnight oats recipe has yogurt, chia seeds, fresh bananas, walnuts, and chocolate. Plenty of protein, fiber and delicious flavor to start your day off right. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Rolled oats
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze® Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas
  • 2 TBSP Chia seeds
  • 1 cup Non dairy yogurt (or dairy based if you prefer) (DIVIDED)
  • 1 TBSP Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg to taste (about 1/8 tsp each)
  • Fresh banana slices (about 1 banana)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • handful of chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine oats, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 cup Almond Breeze® Almondmilk Blended with Real Bananas, chia sees, cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Stir to combine and place in refrigerator overnight
  3. To server, fill mason jar with half the oats. Top with remaining yogurt, banana slices, chopped walnuts and chocolate chips.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

These homemade overnight oats will last several days in the refrigerator. Make them up on the weekend and eat them all week for a healthy breakfast every day!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 754Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 113gFiber: 18gSugar: 43gProtein: 22g

Nutrition information not always accurate

Like this chocolate banana overnight oats recipe? Try these oatmeal recipes, too:

  • Baked Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Recipe: A simple recipe for baked oatmeal that features all my favorite fall flavors.
  • Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites : These peanut butter oatmeal energy bites were my attempt at powering through my week without resorting to pots full of coffee.
  • Easy Overnight Oats Recipe with Strawberries, Almonds and Dark Chocolate: With strawberries, chocolate and almonds, this breakfast oatmeal is decadent, delicious and HEALTHY!
  • If you like the combination of cinnamon and chocolate, check out my Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce recipe!)

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