Protopantry Banana Overnight Oats
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Overnight oats have been a mainstay in the in the health-food community for years, and for good reasons. Oats are full of fiber and protein, and are a great way to start the day. But they’re also incredibly versatile, budget-friendly, and stupidly easy to make. Soaking the oats in liquid overnight negates or shortens the necessary time in the microwave in the morning (depending on the temperature you like your oats), and reduces the danger of overflowing-oat-mess.

I made these oats with the ingredients in the pantry, but check out health-oriented blogs like the Healthy Toast (a registered dietitian!) for more delicious overnight oat inspo (see here, here, and here). This recipe as written is for a banana version, but you can easily sub in an apple or another favorite fruit—I don’t make the rules ;)

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Protopantry Banana Overnight Oats Recipe

Overnight oats are cheap, healthy, and stupidly easy to make.

Makes: 1 serving

Protopantry Banana Overnight Oats

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Cook time:

  • 1/2 cup quick-cook oats (use certified gluten-free if desired or necessary)
  • 2/3 cup milk (use dairy-free if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 medium ripe banana (or apple), sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • Optional: more maple syrup and cinnamon for topping

  1. In a bowl or jar, combine oats, milk, cinnamon, salt, and maple syrup. Cover and allow to sit, refrigerated, overnight.
  2. In the morning, stir, add a small splash of water, and microwave the oats for 1 1/2-2 minutes if warm oats are desired (cold oats are delicious too!).
  3. Top the oats with fruit, almonds, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Enjoy!

Notes and Nutrition Information

  • If you’d like to meal-prep your oats, feel free—they’ll last in the refrigerator up to four days. Be sure to cut your fruit toppings fresh each day; bananas and apples tend to oxidize (turn brown) fairly quickly.

  • This recipe as written with a banana contains approximately 352 calories, 9 grams of fat, 64 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber, 39 grams of sugar, and 666 milligrams of sodium.