Easy Make-Ahead Recipe: No-Cook Overnight Peanut Butter & Banana Steel Cut Oats

by Emilie on March 20, 2013

No-Cook Overnight Peanut Butter & Banana Steel Cut Oats

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My husband leaves for work early and he likes to sneak out of the house without making a lot of noise. However, our house is super tiny and if he makes a lot of noise, all the kids wake up.  So, inspired by Melody’s recipe for Overnight No-Cook Steel Cut Oats, we came up with this version that he can take with him and eat at work.  The recipe below is our favorite but you can pretty much add and subtract anything but the first three ingredients depending on what you like or what you have in the kitchen.

No-Cook Overnight Peanut Butter, Coconut & Banana Steel Cut Oats


1/2 cup steel cut oats
1/2 cup yogurt (this homemade crockpot version is great)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 Tbsp powdered peanut butter (like PB2)
1 Tbsp shredded coconut
1/3 – 1/2 banana, sliced


This is the easy part! Combine all the ingredients, stir and put in the fridge.  The next morning your oats are ready to eat.  We eat them cold but you could warm them up as well.  I make these on Sunday night for the entire week and they keep well through Friday.



We pretty much use whatever we have in the pantry to make these, but like I mentioned, the above recipe is our favorite. Some of the things you can add or sub with are:

  • Raw Cocoa Powder (I love having a reason to use this superfood!)
  • Honey/Raw Honey
  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit
  • Brown Sugar or Sucanat
  • Soy milk/Almond Milk/Cow Milk (instead of coconut milk)
  • Soy Yogurt/Almond Yogurt (instead of regular yogurt)
  • Old-Fashioned Oats (instead of steel cut oats)


Where I Buy Ingredients:

I typically buy these ingredients and have them in my pantry all the time. I find the best prices at the stores listed below but they should have the ingredients at most places you shop. You can’t beat the price on coconut milk at Trader Joe’s and the price on steel cut oats at Costco (when they are in stock) is amazing.  Shredded coconut often goes on sale at Amazon or Tropical Traditions and my favorite place to pick up organic raw honey is from Tropical Traditions.

Make Ahead Smoothie Kits

If you’re looking for more make-ahead, convenient and easy breakfast ideas, check out our Make-Ahead Fruit & Veggie Smoothie Kits, our Overnight No-Cook Steel Cut Oats or our Ham & Vegetable Frittata Muffins.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie Hrebeniuk March 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

This looks really interesting. I would just say a website called “The food Babe” doesn’t like the powdered PB2. I might try this with real peanut butter or her fav~ Almond Butter. 🙂


Melody October 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

The Food Babe doesn’t seem to like a darn thing. For good reason most of the time, but she goes a little crazy. 🙂 We generally use peanut or almond butter as well, the PB2 is just an easy option.


jen January 29, 2015 at 5:56 pm

if you dont do the crockpot yogurt what yogurt do you recommend? plain greek yogurt? yoplait light yogurt?


Melody October 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm

I would recommend a plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt or you could do a yogurt sweetened with honey. But honestly, whatever you prefer is fine!


Adam Gunn April 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm

how many times do you double the recipe to make it last Monday through Friday? Thanks!


Melody October 10, 2015 at 5:06 pm

The recipe above will make one serving, so you would just multiply by five or make five different individual servings. That’s what I do!


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