Overnight Oats Chunky Monkey Style! We're talking banana, nuts, chocolate & creamy oatmeal because everyone deserves to wake up to that combo! There is no cooking involved at all. Make up a batch in minutes, store them in the fridge & they are perfect for quick, healthy breakfasts on the go!
Stressful mornings. Something no one likes. That's where Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats come in!
The flavour and texture of Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats is amazing. Banana, nuts, chocolate and a date that magically turns almost caramel-y are the perfect combo.
Make up a batch in minutes on Sunday evening. No cooking involved. Pop them in the fridge and voila. Breakfast is ready when you need it the next day and for up to 3 to 4 days later if you want it to be.
If you invest in some wide-mouthed mason jars you don't even need to put the oatmeal in a bowl. Just eat straight from the jar or grab the jar from the fridge and take it to work with you for later! I've got lots of other vegan overnight oats recipes too. I highly recommend you try Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats and Coffee Overnight Oats next!
Here's what you will be needing to make Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats:
I use these 16oz mason jars to make mine in. The shape is perfect and they are really easy to eat out of.
How to make Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats
Making Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats is really easy! Here's how it's done:
- Mash some banana and put into a jar or bowl
- Pour in some oats, chia seeds, a chopped date, a pinch of salt, some chopped nuts, some chocolate chips, vanilla, milk and optional maple syrup
- Stir or put the lid on and shake then place in the fridge and leave for at least 6 hours or up to 3 days
Yep, you heard it right, unlike regular oatmeal like my coconut milk oatmeal, no cooking is involved!
How to serve
You can eat Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats just as they are or top them with some vegan yogurt, chopped banana, berries, more nuts or date caramel.
Overnight oats are usually served chilled straight from the fridge. Some people don't like the thought of eating their oatmeal cold, but it really isn't like eating cooked oatmeal cold. That's wouldn't be pleasant at all. Because overnight oats haven't been cooked, you don't get that thick, gloopy texture that would be off-putting with previously cooked oats. If you are dead-set against it though, you can warm them up. Pop them in the microwave for a minute or two or warm gently in a pan.
Basic overnight oats last for up to 5 days in the fridge. But, because of the mashed banana in these Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats they will only keep for 3 days.
Chunky Monkey Overnight OatsAuthor:
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup ( 100 grams) rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 small pinches fine sea salt
- 2 chopped medjool dates
- 2 to 4 tablespoons chocolate chips
- 2 to 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts , or pecans
- 1½ cups (360 mls) milk of choice
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup , optional
- Mason Jars 16 oz
- You need either 2 mason jars or 2 small bowls with lids. Mash the banana with a fork. Add ½ to each mason jar or small bowl.
- Then add ½ a cup of oats, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, a small pinch of salt, 1 date broken up into little pieces, 1 to 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips and nuts, ¾ cup (180 ml) milk to each jar/bowl. Maple syrup is optional. If you add it the oats are really sweet. I personally find it sweet enough without.
- Stir them really well, or put the lid on and give them a good shake. If using a bowl, cover with cling wrap. Transfer to the fridge and leave for at least 6 hours or up to 2 to 3 days. Eat straight from the fridge or warm gently if preferred.
Stephanie S says
perfect easy recipe that tastes delicious and makes mornings a breeze! I use unsweetened soy milk and typically skip the sweetener as I find the ripe bananas are sweet enough. I'm also often too lazy to add the dates but I suggest you do add them if you have them! Just adds to the deliciousness.
I’ll ever cook oats again. Love the texture of these overnight oats. This recipe is a keeper and easy to change up for delicious flavour. I added a 1/4 tsp of honey instead of the maple syrup. But I agree with Melanie, next time I wouldn’t add any sweetener. The bananas, Dates and choc chips are sweet enough.
A Virtual Vegan says
I'm pleased you enjoyed it Brenda. Look out for a new no cook oaty breakfast recipe coming soon!
Thank you for the amazing recipes!
One of my daughters has trouble having plant-based milk. She doesnt like almond (i only tried the unsweetend), nor coconut. Which milk do you think goes better with the oats?
A Virtual Vegan says
It really doesn't make much of a difference in this recipe because you can't taste it over the oaty banana taste. I just use whatever I've got at the time which is usually homemade cashew milk (https://avirtualvegan.com/cashew-milk/), Natura soy milk, So Delicious coconut milk or Elmhurst Hazelnut or Walnut milk.
Just find one she likes and use it.
Has she tried oat milk? I find it tends to be the most popular with children. And if it's available where you are Ripple Pea Milk is very similar to cow's milk in taste. So similar that I can't drink it. There are so many different kinds out there now that there will be one she like. It's just a case of working through them all until you find it. Good luck!
Dedicated mamma says
My picky eaters 8 and 4 tried it this morning and they loved it. Thank you for a wonderful recipe with all the healthy ingredients which they will never try otherwise.
A Virtual Vegan says
I'm really pleased they enjoyed it and thank you for stopping by to leave a rating. It's much appreciated!
I am sorry, I think you have answered this question a million times, but I can't find it : when you indicate calories in your recipes, is it for the whole recipe, or just for one serving ? Thank you very much !
A Virtual Vegan says
Calories are always for 1 serving.
Ok, thank you very much !
I love making overnight oats! Such a delicious way to enjoy a healthy breakfast! I love your chunky monkey twist!