These chocolate banana overnight oat and yogurt parfaits are the perfect healthy and nutritious breakfast. In under 10 minutes, you can prep breakfast for the week. These parfaits feature oats layered with milk and flavorings, protein-packed yogurt, notes of cocoa, and topped with sliced banana. As the parfait sits in the fridge, the flavors combine; the oats soak up the milk and other liquids and “cook” without cooking. When all mixed together including the peanut butter topping, these ingredients form the most delicious and satisfying breakfast. You can make different varieties of these oats depending on what you have on hand, too. If you are looking for a no-fuss breakfast prep with no heating required, this is it.
What makes oatmeal “overnight oats”?
Overnight oats have been a “thing” for a while now, but any time I made them, I was left feeling unsatisfied. I love the health benefits of eating oatmeal, but always felt the need to “bulk up” my oats with other ingredients in order for it to keep me full. Originally I started pairing my oatmeal with yogurt and fruit in a bowl. I realized that combining oats and yogurt provided that extra protein I needed to stay full. When it came time to meal prepping these oat and yogurt bowls, I decided to make these overnight oat and yogurt parfait jars, so that I could prep breakfast for the week.
Making the oats “overnight” style really just means that I combined the oats with milk, and let them steep in the liquid. No cooking required. This made for the ultimate easy meal prep breakfast.
Layering the oats, milk, yogurt layer, and a fruit layer together in a convenient mason jar was the icing on the cake. These jars store really well in the fridge, and make for an easy transport to work, school, or to any activities outside the home. They do not require any heating (I eat them cold), and they are the perfect meal for on the go. I love not having to sacrifice eating healthy when I want something convenient and quick.
About this recipe for chocolate banana overnight oat and yogurt parfaits
The recipe below is for one parfait. You can multiply the number of servings by sliding the serving bar over to the number of servings you wish to make. Or, you can just follow the below recipe and make one jar at a time until your desired number of servings is met.
It takes the same amount of time to make one of these parfaits as it does to make 6, or even 12. Which is why I recommend making a batch of them at once, to set yourself up for the week ahead.
This recipe is also very versatile; you can change out the fruit for any fruit you want, or whatever you have on hand.
Here are other variations I have made:
What you will need to make this recipe
- old fashioned oats or quick-cooking oats will work
- I use almond milk or cashew milk
- flavoring of choice
- I use Tasty Shake Mixin’s oatmeal flavoring; they are sold in the oatmeal aisle of most supermarkets (they have a store locator on their website).
- Other flavorings include: flavored syrups or maple syrup, Jello pudding powder
- unsweetened cocoa powder
- plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- fresh banana
- powdered peanut butter
How to make mixed berry overnight oat and yogurt parfaits
This method is broken down into three steps: 1) the oat layer, 2) the yogurt layer and 3) the topping.
First, you have to create the oat layer. To create the oat layer, combine the oats, milk, cocoa, and flavoring on the bottom of your mason jar (I use a 12 oz mason jar). Stir to combine.
Next, it’s time for the yogurt layer. For the yogurt layer, combine the yogurt with the cocoa and sugar, and add that layer on top of the oat layer.
For the topping, slice the banana on top. Then, combine the peanut butter powder with the water to form a creamy peanut butter; top the banana with the peanut butter.
Cover the jars and store in the fridge for up to a week.
Chocolate Banana Overnight Oat and Yogurt Parfaits
- 12 oz mason jar for layering (one per serving)
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats quick-cooking oats work, too
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk, or skim milk
- 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolate flavor, use cocoa powder instead
- 1/2 tsp flavoring of choice I used: Tasty Shake Mixin's Vanilla flavor. You can also use Jello Pudding powder to match the flavor profile you want. You can also use chocolate syrup.
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 1 banana sliced
- 2 tbsp powdered peanut butter
- 2 tbsp water
- Add the oats to the bottom of the mason jar.
- Stir in the milk, cocoa, and flavoring.
- Note: if eating right away, at this point you should microwave your oat mixture for about 1 minute 30 seconds until the oats are cooked to your liking. If making "overnight" style, keep uncooked.
- Combine the yogurt, cocoa, and sugar.
- Add the yogurt layer on top of the oatmeal layer.
- Slice the banana and add it to the top of the yogurt layer.
- Combine the powdered peanut butter with water to form a smooth peanut butter.
- Add the peanut butter to the top of the bananas.
- Place the lid on the mason jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- Combine all ingredients before eating, or leave layered.
- 5 WW points (green plan)
- 4 WW points (blue plan)
- 1 WW point (purple plan)