Vegan Banana Zucchini Overnight Oats

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Creamy Banana Zucchini Overnight Oats are the perfect healthy summer breakfast! All you need is six ingredients, no cooking required. 

Zucchini Banana Overnight Oats...a healthy 5-minute breakfast!

Zucchini Banana Overnight Oats...a healthy 5-minute breakfast!

The fact that you can mix like five things together and wake up to breakfast all ready to go is the best thing since sliced bread.

For whatever reason, the concept of overnight oats perplexes people. Do you cook the oats? Do you eat them warm? Do you eat them cold? WHAT IS THE DEAL HERE.

How to make overnight oats

You all love my Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal, which actually does involve some cooking.

The simple answer is that the ball is in your court. The marbles are in your jar. Errr…the oats.

Jars! You should totally make these in a cute little mason jar so you can legit just grab it in the morning when you woke up on the wrong side of the bed twenty-eight minutes later than you wanted to and you don’t know where your right shoe is let alone what the hell you’re gonna eat for breakfast.

Not like that ever happens to me.

Zucchini Banana Overnight Oats...a healthy 5-minute breakfast!

Zucchini Banana Overnight Oats...a healthy 5-minute breakfast!

Overnight oats basically “cook” overnight in the liquid, AKA they soften up so there’s no need to ever actually cook them. All you do is combine some pantry staples in a bowl and let it sit overnight to thicken.

If you don’t like cold oats, feel free to heat them up on the stove or in the micro till they’re warmed through.

Ingredients in vegan overnight oats

Overnight oats are typically made with yogurt, which is a delish tangy option as well. Vegan versions often call for chia seeds as the thickener, which I love for a dose of fiber and brain-boosting fats.

  • old-fashioned oats: good ol’ rolled oats, not instant or steel cut. Oats create a nice nutty base for the recipe.
  • banana: this is our natural sweetener, plus it makes the oats take on a delish banana bread flavor.
  • zucchini: yep, we’ve got vegetables joining the party, too! You won’t even know it’s there.
  • non-dairy milk: you can use whatever creamy liquid you’d like here—oat, almond, coconut, soy, whatever.
  • chia seeds: to help thicken the mixture and add fiber and healthy fats.
  • cinnamon: for that amazing sweetness, spice, and baked good flavor.

Zucchini Banana Overnight Oats...a healthy 5-minute breakfast!

Zucchini Banana Overnight Oats...a healthy 5-minute breakfast!

Topping ideas

I love topping this baby with toasty walnuts (just bake at 350F for 10 minutes), coconut, more banana, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Almond butter makes quite a terrific topper as well. The funnest part is topping, no doubt.

Gotta have texture!

How long do overnight oats last

Overnight oats typically last 3-5 days in the fridge, but you’ll want to enjoy this recipe by the next day since the banana will oxidize and brown quickly.

Alternatively, you could add a splash of lemon juice to keep the color in tact. If the brownish hue doesn’t bother you, you can definitely eat them a couple days later!

Now who on God’s green earth wouldn’t be a fan of sneaking a serving of veggies into their breakfast routine?

Hip hip, zucchini!

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Creamy Banana Zucchini Overnight Oats are the perfect healthy summer breakfast! All you need is six ingredients, no cooking required.


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Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/3 cups unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk (almond, cashew, oat, etc)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Toppings of choice: walnuts, sliced banana, almond butter, chocolate chips, coconut, maple syrup, etc

  1. Place banana in a medium bowl or glass Pyrex and mash with a fork. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and place in refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.
  2. In the morning, top with desired toppings and eat at room temperature or warmed to your liking.

Notes

I recommend eating this the next morning as the banana will turn brown over time.

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Zucchini Banana Overnight Oats...a healthy 5-minute breakfast!

Zucchini Banana Overnight Oats...a healthy 5-minute breakfast!