Banana Cream Pie Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Banana Cream Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats are a healthy make ahead breakfast that’s prepped in only 5 minutes!

Banana Cream Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats are a healthy make ahead breakfast that's prepped in only 5 minutes! (dairy free, gluten free and vegan options)

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Happy new year!  It feels like forever since I posted a new recipe and it’s good to be back at it.  I’m excited about the start of a new year and getting back into a healthier eating and exercise routine again.

I ate way too many cookies in December.

I’m keeping my tradition of sharing an overnight oats recipe for the first recipe of the year.  These Banana Cream Pie Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats will make all of your overnight oat dreams come true. πŸ™‚

Banana Cream Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats are a healthy make ahead breakfast that's prepped in only 5 minutes! (dairy free, gluten free and vegan options)

Banana Cream Pie Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats

When I was mulling over my next overnight oat creation, it struck me that I’d never tried overnight steel cut oats and figured it was high time that I tried them.

These banana overnight oats are thick, creamy and reminiscent of banana cream pie.  The steel cut oats lend a nice chew to these overnight oats, and the chia seeds add even more texture.

The yogurt adds the “cream pie” factor, and I did pipe some onto the top of the oats for effect. πŸ™‚

For ultimate banana cream pie flavor, I’ve included mashed banana in the oats themselves and always serve them topped with sliced banana and almonds.

Are steel cut oats better than rolled oats?

The nutrition information is very similar when comparing steel cut oats to rolled oats, but the main difference is in the way they’re processed.  

Steel cut oats are groats that are cut into pieces, so they’re minimally processed.  Rolled oats are steamed and rolled flat for faster cooking, so there’s more processing involved.

Quick cooking steel cut oats are simply cut into smaller pieces than regular steel cut oats, so they’re still minimally processed.

Whether you choose regular or quick cooking steel cut oats or old fashioned rolled oats, you can’t go wrong.  They’re all great options for a healthy, whole grain, fiber rich breakfast.

Banana Cream Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats are a healthy make ahead breakfast that's prepped in only 5 minutes! (dairy free, gluten free and vegan options)

Can I make overnight oats with steel cut oats?

Obviously that answer is yes!  I’ve found that steel cut oats and rolled oats may be used interchangeably in all of my overnight oats recipes, but the difference is in the texture.

Rolled oats are very soft, while steel cut oats are much more chewy.  While I was testing my overnight steel cut oats recipe, I found that I prefer quick cooking steel cut oats more as they’re softer and less chewy.

Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?

Overnight oats are generally eaten cold, but my boys prefer them warmed.  I typically portion the oats in jars and heat them for 45 seconds in the microwave just to take the edge off. 

Stir and serve with the optional toppings!

Banana Cream Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats are a healthy make ahead breakfast that's prepped in only 5 minutes! (dairy free, gluten free and vegan options)

How do you make overnight oats with banana?

I’m not going to lie…I wondered how mashed bananas would be in overnight oats since they turn brown.  They do discolor some but it isn’t really noticeable. 

If it bothers you, you can certainly add the mashed banana right before serving instead.

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

I prefer to use quick cooking steel cut oats in this recipe as they’re less chewy than regular steel cut oats. Use gluten-free steel cut oats to make this recipe gluten-free.

Make this recipe dairy free and vegan by using unsweetened dairy free yogurt.

I like my overnight oats to be on the thicker side, so I use less liquid. If you prefer yours thinner, add more liquid in the morning at serving.

If you prefer to use sweetened yogurt, omit the maple syrup and add sweetener to taste.

Portion the oats into mason jars for the perfect meal prep breakfast. I prefer these Weck jars and lids.

Banana Cream Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats are a healthy make ahead breakfast that's prepped in only 5 minutes! (dairy free, gluten free and vegan options)

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Banana Cream Pie Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes

Banana Cream Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats are a healthy make ahead breakfast that's prepped in only 5 minutes!

Banana Cream Pie Chia Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups steel cut oats (regular or quick)*
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or your favorite sweetener)
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • (1) 7 ounce container plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • Sliced banana and almonds for serving, optional

Instructions

  1. Place the steel cut oats, chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup, banana and yogurt in a large bowl and stir well to combine. Cover with plastic wrap for 6 hours or overnight until softened.
  2. Serve with sliced banana and almonds if desired and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition information has been calculated using My Fitness Pal and is meant to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made. This information does not include the optional toppings.

*I prefer to use quick cooking steel cut oats in this recipe as they're less chewy than regular steel cut oats. Use gluten-free steel cut oats to make this recipe gluten-free.

Make this recipe dairy free and vegan by using unsweetened dairy free yogurt.

I like my overnight oats to be on the thicker side, so I use less liquid. If you prefer yours thinner, use 1/4 - 1/2 cup more liquid in the morning.

If you prefer to use sweetened yogurt, omit the maple syrup and add sweetener to taste.

Portion the oats into mason jars for the perfect meal prep breakfast. I prefer these Weck jars and lids.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 7mg Sodium: 86mg Carbohydrates: 41g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 9g Protein: 14g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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