Bananas, walnuts, and chocolate in every delicious bite of creamy oats. You're going to love this chunky monkey overnight oats recipe!
When you think of chunky monkey flavors you may think of ice cream desserts but now you can get those same flavors for breakfast with this chunky monkey recipe.
Surprisingly this is my daughter's favorite overnight oats recipe (probably because of the chocolate). But all of the ingredients work so well together to create a sweet and savory combination of flavors in every bite.
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- It's easy to make! You don't need much to make these chunky monkey oats and the prep time is less than 10 minutes, making them incredibly quick to stir together. The hardest part is the patience.
- It's an affordable breakfast option. This recipe costs about $1 to make and can be divided into 2 smaller servings if desired. That's the greatest thing about recipes like these oats and our Birthday Cake Overnight Oats, they're affordable and filling!
- It's ready when you are. Making this overnight chunky monkey recipe means that a few minutes spent at night will give you a breakfast that's ready to eat as soon as you wake up. Just add some toppings and a spoon.
Old fashioned oats- This is the base of the recipe. These oats will soak up liquid overnight to soften without the need to cook them. You can use up more oats in our Oreo Overnight Oats and Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats recipes.
Greek yogurt- Adding Greek yogurt will make the oatmeal thicker, and creamier.
Chocolate chips- We like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips to help keep this oatmeal from feeling too sweet, but you can just as easily use milk chocolate or dark chocolate depending on what you'd prefer.
Chopped walnuts- Buy them prechopped or chop them yourself. Walnuts add a nice earthy taste and subtle crunch.
Banana- Use a ripe banana. But wait to add it to the oatmeal so it doesn't brown overnight.
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
Oats. I have had great success using old fashioned oats and steel cut oats as well as quick cook steel cut oats (the kind that is chopped into smaller pieces). The difference in texture is pretty minimal.
Milk. You can use whole milk, low fat milk, almond milk, coconut milk or any other milk of choice. Even water or coffee creamer can work well in a pinch. Unsweetened almond milk is our favorite.
Sweetener. Healthier sweetener options include honey and maple syrup but you can also choose to use agave or a low-carb liquid sugar substitute.
Yogurt. You can use any plain or flavored yogurt of choice. Our go-to is Greek Yogurt, but regular yogurts can be used too. We really enjoy Honey flavored Greek yogurt (it's our favorite). You can also omit the yogurt and just add in another ¼ cup of milk.
🔪 Instructions for Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats
Step 1: Whisk together the milk, yogurt, vanilla, salt, and maple syrup in a bowl until blended.
Step 2: Stir in the chia seeds, if using.
Step 3: Stir in the oats and mix until combined.
Step 4: Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts until combined.
Step 5: Pour the oat mixture into a sealed container and place it into the fridge to chill for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Step 6: In the morning, add more milk to adjust the thick oat mixture to your liking (or eat it thick).
Top with walnuts, chocolate chips, and sliced banana. Enjoy!
🍴 Recipe Tips
Do not add the sliced banana to your oats until ready to serve, otherwise, your bananas may turn brown before you get to eat your oats.
Dipping sliced bananas in pineapple juice, or lemon juice can prevent the browning for several hours, but will give the bananas a more acidic flavor.
Chia seeds are optional
Adding chia seeds is optional but can be a great way to get additional benefits from your meal.
Chia seeds will absorb some of the liquid in the oats, so in the morning they will be pretty thick. You can thin down your oats to your desired consistency by stirring in additional milk.
Your overnight oats are good for 5 days in the fridge so if desired, you can meal prep for the week on Sunday and not have to worry about breakfast again until Saturday.
⏲️Make Ahead Instructions
You can eat your oats right after they've been mixed together, but the oats will be chewy. Letting them sit for at least 4 to 6 hours is ideal for a better texture and consistency as it will take several hours for the oats to absorb the liquid in the oats.
💭 Recipe FAQs
Made with Greek yogurt, fresh bananas, and nuts, this recipe is packed with protein, and natural sweeteners, and is much more filling than a bowl of cereal.
Yes, overnight oats are mostly served and eaten cold, which is honestly more delicious than you would think. The cold oats are especially inviting on a warm day.
Yes, these oats can go bad after being in the fridge too long. For best results, we recommend eating them within 5 days.
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Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats
- ¼ cup Milk ($0.05)
- ½ cup Greek yogurt ($0.32)
- 1-2 Tablespoons Maple syrup ($0.04)
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract ($0.02)
- 1 pinch Salt ($0.01)
- ½ teaspoon Chia seeds *optional ($0.02)
- ¾ cups Old fashioned oats ($0.09)
- 1 Tablespoon Chocolate chips ($0.07)
- 2 Tablespoons Chopped walnuts ($0.23)
- ½ Ripe banana ($0.13)
- Whisk together the milk, yogurt, vanilla, salt, and maple syrup in a bowl until blended.
- Stir in the chia seeds, if using.
- Stir in the oats and mix until combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts until combined.
- Pour the oat mixture into a sealed container and place into the fridge to chill for at least 6 hours or overnight.
- In the morning, add more milk to adjust the thick oat mixture to your liking (or eat it thick).
- Top with walnuts, chocolate chips, and sliced banana. Enjoy!
- Various types of oats can be used, including old-fashioned oats, steel-cut oats, or quick-cook steel-cut oats.
- Milk options include whole milk, low-fat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or other milk alternatives, as well as water or coffee creamer.
- Sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, agave, or low-carb liquid sugar substitutes can be used.
- Any plain or flavored yogurt can be used, such as Greek yogurt or regular yogurt. You can omit the yogurt and add an extra ¼ cup of milk.
- Add sliced bananas to your oats just before serving to prevent browning.
- Chia seeds will absorb some of the liquid in the oats, making them thick by morning. Adjust the consistency by stirring in additional milk.
- Overnight oats can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, making them suitable for weekly meal prep.
- Allowing the oats to sit for at least 4 to 6 hours is ideal for a better texture and consistency as the oats absorb the liquid.