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Bananas Foster Overnight Oats

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Attention bananas foster lovers! We’ve got bananas foster overnight oats that actually tastes better than the classic dessert!

Overnight oats are the best ways to meal prep for the week. If you have more than enough bananas for this week, try the best banana overnight oats that cover more than 2 weeks of new recipe ideas. Every recipe tastes different with delicious combinations that you won’t get tired of eating them.

From banana bread overnight oats to our readers’ most popular peanut butter banana overnight oats, this staple fruit will keep you excited all week long. Try for yourself and let us know!

It does require the extra step of cooking the bananas to add a caramelized crunch and taste, but I guarantee that it’s worthwhile. The blend of banana, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and maple syrup is just heavenly. As a result, you’ll still taste the crunchy caramelized crust, and the gooey banana texture on the hearty oatmeal.

Caramelized banana on top of banana foster overnight oats

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These bananas foster overnight oats are so flavorful!
  • Great for both breakfast and dessert.
  • The caramelized banana topping is sweet and gooey.
  • Kids and adults love this recipe.
  • Great for meal prep for the week.
  • This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
  • Check out these Banana Butterscotch Oatmeal Pancakes for another fun breakfast recipe!

How to Make

Hard to believe, but this banana foster overnight oatmeal recipe is easy to make! Before bedtime, grab the following ingredients and toss it in a mason jar. Give it a quick stir and store overnight in the fridge. 

Take the few extra minutes to caramelize the banana in the morning just before you take off. When you are rushing every morning for commute and dressing up, you may hit the snooze button three times with this meal on the run!

Ingredients & Substitutes

  • Old fashioned rolled oats: these provide the best texture for overnight oats
  • Coconut milk: keep this recipe vegan with creamy coconut milk
  • Ground flaxseed: this adds nutrients and thickness
  • Banana: the banana adds natural sweetness
  • Coconut oil: use refined coconut oil for a neutral flavor
  • Maple syrup: this adds sweetness
  • Vanilla: vanilla adds a cozy flavor
  • Cinnamon: this contributes to the delicious flavor

Place oats, ground flax, and liquid of your choice inside a mason jar. Stir to combine, secure the lid and refrigerate overnight.

In a medium saucepan, heat the coconut oil over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add the sliced banana in a single layer. Sauté the banana for 3 minutes to caramelize one side, then flip and brown the other side for 2 minutes.

To make the sauce, remove the hot pan from the heat and turn off any open flames. If using brandy, carefully pour it into the hot pan and then add the maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon.

Top the soaked oats with the hot caramelized banana foster topping. Garnish with chopped walnuts, toasted coconut a sprinkle of cinnamon or any oatmeal toppings that you love to eat.

Banana foster overnight oats served with a small plate and spoon on the side.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Breakfast doesn’t need to be an egg or packaged cereal anymore. Try banana foster overnight oats that taste just like the dessert!

Don’t feel guilty about having this nutritious and delicious banana foster overnight oatmeal. Save these tips to keep your soaked oatmeal fresh all the time.

  • If you don’t like the coconut flavor too much, substitute butter instead of coconut oil when you sauté banana on pan. Note that if you use butter it will no longer be vegan.
  • Eat the soaked oats cold from the fridge or slightly warm them on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Add a scoop of Greek yogurt or a non-dairy yogurt alternative to make it even creamier and more delicious.
  • Add enough liquid to prevent a thick and pasty texture. Whether you use coconut milk or any other liquid of your choice, a 2:1 ratio of liquid per overnight oats is standard.
  • Eat the soaked oats within 5 days for maximum freshness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the best oats for overnight oats?

Use rolled oats for the best texture.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Use certified gluten-free oats.

Can you use regular milk?


What other toppings can you add on top?

Top with walnuts, pecans, peanut butter, or even chocolate chips!

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Single serving of banana foster overnight oats in a mason jar
Yield: 1 serving

Banana Foster Overnight Oats Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Copycat the flavors of the world famous dessert classic in this easy to make banana foster overnight oats recipe. Soak the oatmeal mixture overnight, and topped with caramelized banana slices the next day.

The sautéed banana only takes a few minutes to make, and is the key to mimicking the classic flavor. I love the addition of the brandy to the sauce, however it only adds subtle accent that is not completely necessary.

When you dig a spoon into this flavor packed combination, you will be grateful you took the few extra minutes to caramelize the banana foster topping. When don’t properly, the flavors explode and your taste buds will be overwhelmed.

A few crunchy toppings like roasted nuts or toasted coconut will really enhance the dish. Grab your meal prep container and lets assemble a batch of banana foster overnight oats.


  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed

Caramelized Banana Foster Topping

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ½ ounce brandy (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In an overnight oats jar or medium sized bowl, combine the rolled oats, coconut milk and ground flaxseed. Mix to combine everything.
  2. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 12 hours or overnight before serving.
  3. To make the caramelized banana foster topping, heat the coconut oil in a medium sized sauté pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the sliced banana in a single layer. Caramelize the banana slices on one side for about 3 minutes, and then flip and brown the other size for about 2 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and move the pan away from any open flame. Carefully add the brandy (optional) to the hot pan to deglaze the surface and create a sauce. Next, add the maple syrup, vanilla extra and cinnamon.
  5. Serve the soaked oatmeal cold or slightly warm it up, and the top with the caramelized banana topping, chopped walnuts, a dash of cinnamon or your favorite oatmeal toppings.


  • Eat the oats cold or slightly warm in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • Banana foster overnight oats recipe is vegan, gluten free and non-dairy.
  • The soaked oats are thick and spoonable. Adjust the overnight oats water ratio to loosen up the consistency to a more porridge style oatmeal.
  • To ensure freshness, eat the soaked oats within 5 days of preparation.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 522Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 8gSugar: 17gProtein: 11g

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