If there’s one thing I learned in my 6+ years of creating recipes and sharing them on my blog it’s you all LOVE simple “no frills” meal prep recipes. I’m right there with you, I have no time for complicated and fancy. I want healthy and easy to prepare ahead of time. I’ve said many times that meal prep is the key to losing weight but it can’t be complicated. So, I get it!
Overnight oats is about as easy as it gets. First, overnight oats are no cook so all you need to do is throw everything in a mason jar, stick in the fridge, and it’s ready the next morning. Seriously, a jar of overnight oats takes about 5 minutes to prepare. Second, you can fill overnight oats with any fruit, nuts, or whatever wholesome stir-in you want. I included quinoa in this carrot cake overnight oats recipe. Last, these jars can be made 3-4 days ahead of time so overnight oats are perfect to prepare on meal prep Sunday. If you like oats then give overnight oats a try.
It doesn’t get easier than this Banana and Coconut overnight oats recipe. In fact, if you use these ingredients often then I bet you already have everything in your pantry.
I started with 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut, 1/2 of a ripe banana, 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, and 1 teaspoon chia seeds. This recipe doesn’t have a very strong coconut flavor. It more subtle and infuses deliciously with the banana. If you want a stronger coconut flavor then use 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon of coconut extract. The chia seeds provide protein and fiber while also helping to thicken up the texture.
Then I mixed all the ingredients together and added a little more coconut milk to make sure all of the oats are completely covered in liquid.
Last, I tightly put the lid on and stored the oats overnight in the refrigerator. See, easy peasy!
In the morning, after giving the oats a couple stirs, I added a little more coconut milk to loosen it up a bit. If you need extra sweetness then add in another 1-2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup. Finally, I sprinkled some unsweetened shredded coconut on top and enjoy. Mmmmm!
I use 16-ounce mason jar containers for all of my overnight oats recipes. You can purchase them at Target, Walmart, or on Amazon.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ ripe banana, chopped
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- Mix all the ingredients together in a 16-ounce mason jar. If needed, add a little more coconut milk until the oats are completed covered in liquid.Tightly place the lid on and store in the refrigerator overnight.
- Remove lid and stir the oats. Add in more coconut milk till loosen up the oats. Sprinkle more coconut on top. Enjoy.
Recipe can be made up to 3-4 days ahead of time.
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