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Overnight Oats Without Milk

    Overnight oats without milk

    Whether your kids have poured the last of the milk in their cereal bowls or you forgot to pick up oat milk on your last grocery trip, I have good news for you. You can make overnight oats without milk!

    This no-milk overnight oats recipe is made with mashed banana, creamy chia seeds, velvety peanut butter, water for moisture, and topped with dried cranberries and extra peanut butter.

    When making this recipe, make sure your banana is mashed to a smooth consistency. This will help give it an extra creamy texture. When selecting a banana, I prefer to choose one that isn’t overripe, otherwise, the flavor from the banana will overpower the rest of your oats.

    Overnight oats without milk

    What You Need to Make Overnight Oats Without Milk

    This recipe is perfect if you are out of milk (we’ve all been there)! You can substitute the peanut butter for any nut butter you prefer, and the dried cranberries can also be swapped for any dried fruit you have on hand.

    Ingredients on a table


    • Rolled oats
    • Fresh banana
    • Chia seeds
    • Water
    • Peanut butter
    • Dried cranberries
    • Pinch salt

    How To Make Overnight Oats Without Milk

    Gather all your ingredients and choose a refrigerator-safe bowl or container to make and store your overnight oats in.

    In the bowl, add and mix your oats, chia seeds, and salt. Set aside.

    Mixing dry ingredients in a bowl

    Using a fork and small plate, thoroughly mash your banana until it’s a smooth consistency. Measure banana to ⅓ cup.

    Mashed banana

    Add the banana to your dry ingredients.

    Adding mashed banana

    Add water and peanut butter to the bowl.

    Mixing all ingredients

    Place your overnight oats without milk in the refrigerator for 2 – 4 hours minimum, but ideally overnight.

    Just before serving, top with extra peanut butter or nut butter of your choice and sprinkle with dried cranberries.

    Overnight oats without milk

    Can I use water instead of milk in overnight oats?

    Yes you can! This recipe helps mimic the moisture content and creaminess of milk by adding a mixture of water, banana, and peanut butter.

    Can you eat overnight oats plain?

    Yes, you can eat overnight oats plain. If you prefer to forgo toppings, then it will still be edible and have more of a cold porridge flavor profile.

    Are chia seeds necessary for overnight oats?

    Chia seeds are really necessary for overnight oats. They add a thicker, creamier texture and help add depth and consistency.

    Overnight oats without milk

    Overnight Oats Without Milk

    Paige Gilmore
    This recipe for overnight oats without milk is so creamy, you wouldn’t believe it’s dairy free. Wholesome, nutritious oats are combined with smoothly mashed banana, chia seeds and luscious peanut butter. Top with more nut butter and dried cranberries just before serving.
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    Prep Time 5 mins
    Total Time 5 mins
    Course Breakfast
    Servings 1
    Calories 391 kcal


    • ½ cup rolled oats
    • cup mashed banana (not overripe)
    • 1 tsp chia seeds
    • cup water
    • 2 to 3 tbsp peanut butter
    • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
    • pinch of salt


    • In a bowl add and mix your oats, chia seeds, and salt. Set aside.
    • Mash your banana until it’s a smooth consistency.
    • Add mashed banana to your dry ingredients and mix. Stir in the water and peanut butter.
    • Place in the refrigerator for 2 - 4 hours minimum, but ideally overnight.
    • Serve with peanut butter and dried cranberries. Enjoy!


    Calories: 391kcal
    Keyword breakfast, brunch, oatmeal, overnight oats
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    Paige is a professional food photographer and recipe developer based out of both New Zealand and New York. Inspired by the wonderful meals she has eaten around the world, Paige loves to take a delicious friendly approach to cooking.

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