I recently made these easy Banana Walnut Overnight Oats on More Good Day Oregon. This is one of my favorite grab-and-go breakfasts because it’s high in fiber and very satisfying — with a nice boost of heart-healthy fat from the walnuts. To see me make this easy recipe step-by-step, check out the video below…
The Inspiration Behind Banana Walnut Overnight Oats
I like regular stovetop oatmeal just fine, but I actually prefer overnight oats because they’re easy to prep ahead — you can line up your mason jars, and make 3-5 of these on Sunday to enjoy throughout the week ahead. It’s much healthier than grabbing a scone on your way to work, which is what I used to do.
These Banana Overnight Oats are creamy, yummy, and packed with nutrients:
- Fiber — Oatmeal is a wonderful source of gut-friendly, digestion-supporting fiber. Oatmeal’s soluble fiber has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), and reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. Lastly, the high amount of fiber in this recipe, along with the healthy fat, will help keep you full longer.
- And more fiber — I’ve added some chia seed to the Banana Walnut Overnight Oats because chia seeds are also an excellent source of fiber. In fact, just one ounce of chia seed provides nearly 11 grams of fiber! Chia seeds also provide important minerals for bone health, such as manganese, phosphorus and calcium. I also like how the chia seeds expand when exposed to liquid, forming a digestion-friendly gel that give the overnight oats a pudding-like quality.
- Healthy fat — The Banana Walnut Overnight Oats get a tag-team of healthy fat from flax seeds, as well as walnuts. Flax seeds, as I’ve mentioned before, are amazing for their cancer-fighting and blood pressure regulating properties. Walnuts, as I mentioned here, are basically nut royalty. Walnuts can reduce LDL (the bad cholesterol), increase HDL (the good kind), and reduce C-reactive protein, which is a marker for inflammation associated with atherosclerosis and heart disease. Walnuts can also improve blood vessel function, and can even suppress cancer cell growth in in vitro studies. So eat your walnuts, ‘kay?