Creamy Mango & Banana Overnight Oats

Creamy Mango & Banana Overnight Oats


Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, I just love it. I find that it’s so important to start the day with something delicious, satisfying and filling and yet really healthy. That’s why I love huge glasses of rainbow smoothies filled with a million different flavours and textures and bursting with goodness! I often add granola to my smoothies, but sometimes I feel like changing it up even more, so I make overnight smoothie oats, like this. They’re awesome and the easiest thing in the world if you’re after a super speedy on-the-go breakfast – you can even make these in a plastic cup and take them with you!

The blend of mango and banana is just divine, it tastes like happiness and summer! Whilst that might sound ridiculous, the wonderfully fresh, crazily sweet and perfectly light nature of the blend really does recall those feelings, which is so happy. The consistency is also awesome, it’s just like yoghurt – so thick and creamy, which means that when combined with the oats the whole thing beings to resemble bircher muesli – except that I think this version tastes way more delicious thanks to the mango, but the idea is quite similar. I also like to add ground flaxseed to the mango blend for extra goodness as it gives such a incredible burst of fibre and omega-3’s without changing the taste at all. In fact, the whole thing tastes more like a dessert than a healthy breakfast! You would never know how good it is for you, even though each glass is bursting with awesome nutrition. Mango’s are wonderful fruits, filled with fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, while oats are some of the best complex carbohydrates around as they contain a particularly awesome type of fibre which keeps you full for hours, lowers blood cholesterol and stabilises blood sugar. Chia seeds are also pretty incredible – did you know that gram for gram they contain more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas, more iron than spinach and more omega-3 acids than wild salmon?! So a glass of this oaty, mango goodness will fuel you up perfectly for any day!


Serves 2

For the mango puree:

– 1 mango

– 2 ripe bananas

– 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed

– a splash of almond milk (enough to make it blend)

For the oat mix:

– 1 ripe banana

– 2/3 of a cup of gluten free oats

– 1/2 of  a cup of almond milk

– 3-4 tablespoons of chia seeds

– 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed

– 1 tablespoon of raw honey

Simply peel the mango and two of the bananas and place them in a food processor with the ground flaxseed and a little almond milk, then blend everything together into a smooth, creamy mix. Fill the bottom third of two glasses with this mango goodness.

Put your oats in a bowl with the chia seeds, almond milk, ground flax and honey and stir well. Then add the banana and mash it into the mix. Next divide this mix in two and put it into the two cups on top of the mango. Then fill the remainder of the glasses up with the left of the mango mix.

Place the glasses in the fridge over night before enjoying for breakfast!


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  • Tania Keeling

    Hello Ella, I have been loving all your gorgeous recipes , please do put them in a book as I gave so many sheets of paper now and my printer cartridges are always running out! Tania x

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Ella Woodward

      Thank you so much Tania! I really hope that in the next few years there will be a book, and it’s amazing to hear such great support for it now :)

      • Sharon

        Hi Ella,

        I can’t eat oats because of gluten allergies – what adjustments would I need to make for this recipe to work with buckwheat? Buckwheat seems to have the closest consistency to oats, but if not buckwheat, would quinoa or millet work instead, and what measurements would I need for each, if so.

        Many thanks, and keep up the good work!


  • Megan P.

    Wow Ella. I made a few mugs of these for me and my friends right after I read it. It was a lovely hit. The mangoes were sweet and tangy, the bananas beautifully ripe, and the oats with chia seeds and almond milk just tying everything together. Wonderful recipe. Thank you <3

    • Ella Woodward

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you all loved them so much :)

  • deimante

    What a treasure!!! I mean your blog! Amazing recipes, beautiful photo! Thank you for sharing.

    • Ella Woodward

      You’re so kind, thank you so much! So glad that you love it! :)

  • Hattie

    Your blog is amazing, it is completely changing the way I eat and I am loving it! I was just wondering how many days I could keep these in the fridge for after making them?

    • Ella Woodward

      Thank you so much Hattie! It’s so amazing to hear that my blog has had such an awesome impact on you! For the oats I’ve never tried leaving them more than about 48 hours so can’t be totally sure, but as with most things the fresher they are the better they taste! Sorry I can’t be more specific! :)

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  • Regina Francisco

    Hello Ella! :) I want to try overnight oats and smoothies for breakfast but I’m not sure if I’ll last the entire morning? I’m a university student, see, and I’m worried that if I eat only overnight oats or smoothies for breakfast that I’ll get hungry easily. What do you think? Thank you! 😀

    • ellawoodward

      Hi. I actually find that smoothies and overnight oats fill me up more than any breakfast ever did before as they are filled with so much fibre which is released over a long time period. I hope that helps! Can’t wait to hear what you think once you try them! :)

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  • viji

    ur recipes are so inspiring…wonderful

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, you’re so kind! So glad that you love them. In answer to your question it really depends on your body with the oats as everyone is different, I have a very sensitive stomach and it loves uncooked oats – they are soaked though as they sit overnight which helps the digestion too :)

  • viji

    I used to have oats porridge everyday for breakfast with almonds and walnuts. I am definitely going to try ur recipe. Saves time in the morning too. Is uncooked oats easily digestible?

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  • Ala

    1) I love this. 2) I love this. 3) I have been *obsessed* with overnight oats for breakfast (or lunch!) recently, and so I love this. I’m especially digging the idea of mango puree on my oats! I’m so glad I stumbled across this on Foodgawker–I rarely click through right away, but I knew this was love at first mango sighting. Thank you for sharing!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, so glad that you loved it so much!

  • Nathalie -AppsForWomen

    Mmmmh! this looks delicious! I am going to try that any time soon! Thanks for sharing!

  • kate

    Hi Ella

    I’ve just found your website and I’m totally inspired! I’m a big believer in food for health and look forward to trying lots of your recipes -This is first on my list for Saturday breakfast 😉

    I wanted to ask if you think it would be ok to use freshly squeezed orange juice as the liqid in this recipe, instead of almond milk? I haven’t started making nut milks yet and I dont want to buy one as I know the processed stuff isn’t that healthy.

    Kate x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Kate. Yes orange juice would be great! :)

  • kate

    Thanks so much, i’ll let you know how I get on!

    I’ve just got one more question question (thanks for your answers!) Do you use American cup measurements or is everything measured with your standard coffee mug?!


    • ellawoodward

      It’s all just in a standard coffee mug :)

      • Kate

        Thanks Ella!

  • kate

    Hi Ella,
    I just watned to say that this recipe is totally amazing! I made it on friday evening (with organce juice) for saturday morning…. even fussy eating husand loved it! I have since made a variation using strawberry and banana puree which was equally lovely. I’m converted to overnight oats :)

    Keep up the great work, your website is inspirational and I echo others who say please bring out a book!

    Kate x

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Kate! I’m so glad that you loved the recipe and it’s amazing to hear such great support for the book! :)

  • MariaMac

    This was delicious! Made it last night and really enjoyed it for Sunday breakfast – a great change from regular weekday porridge! Only thing was it really discoloured overnight and the mango/banana purée was an awful browny colour this morning but it still tasted fab!

  • Petra

    Insanely delicious!!!!!
    Would just like to know if it is necessary to soak the oats, chia seeds and flax seeds over night or is it sufficient to do it in the morning and let it stand for 5/10 mins???? I noticed that because of the chia seeds the mixture gets thick very fast and already tastes delicious and ready before I put it in the fridge overnight!
    Thank you for all your amazingly delicious recipes!!!

    • ellawoodward

      The oats take a while to go soft so I’m not sure 10 mins is enough, they need a few hours which is why I leave them overnight but if you like how it tastes when it’s made then absolutely enjoy it straight away :)

      • Petra glinski

        Thanks Ella! Made my variation this morning and although edible….not nearly as tasty and delicious as your overnight oats soooooo overnight it stays!!!! Have a fantastic inspiring day!!!! ❤️

  • Petra

    P.s. I know they are called overnight oats, just wondering what the benefits are of leaving them in the fridge overnight???!!!
    In advance thank you!

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  • ash

    I made this for breakfast today and it was sooo delicious!!! Thank you Ella :3

  • Mina

    What a great site.. Keep up the amazing work you are doing… You are such an inspiration to so many people.. I just tried this recipe .. Love it and so does my toddler .. Thanks for sharing so much of your research ..

  • cecilia

    Hi! I have followed your blog for about a year now and I must say that it is absolutely one of the best ones out there! I’ve recently decided to change my lifestyle after people that are very close to my became sick as a cause of lifestyle diseases. It made me realize that eating healthy and exercising regularly is so important, even though I am only 17. Even though I am such a huge fan of you and your blog, I recently found myself a bit disappointed after purchasing your app. For example, you write that the recipe is for one person, however in the “directions” it suddenly is estimated for two. In addition there are some measuring mistakes as well. These are probably bug mistakes that are easy to fix, and besides from that I still enjoy to read your blog every day! xx

  • http://DeliciouslyElla Rhiannon

    Hi Ella,
    This recipe for mango & banana overnight oats looks so yummy! I want to try this recipe but I am allergic to mangos. Do you have any other suggeststions of another fruit I can substitute that will be just as tasty.?

    • ellawoodward

      You can try any fruit or stick with just banana – all very yummy!

  • Courtney

    Hey Ella I was wondering if you could shed some light on the whole soaking oats over night theory. I have read so many articles saying varying things I don’t know what to believe in terms of phytic acid and it being bad for you etc to not soak them. Love your recipes

    • ellawoodward

      I love overnight oats and soak them as in this recipe but if I am making porridge or adding oats to a smoothie I don’t soak them first.

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  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sharon,
    Are you allergic to gluten or oats? Oats themselves do not contain gluten but there is a very small amount of potential contamination meaning they may not be suitable for coeliacs. You can buy gluten free oats from most supermarkets though. I haven’t tried this with any other grain so I am not sure what measurements to recommend, sorry.

  • Aimee Twist

    Hi Ella, I’ve just recently discovered that not all oats are gluten free and wanted to find out which are the best brands to buy as I’m used to just buying supermarket own brand. Which ones would you recommend? X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Aimee, I just use organic jumbo oats which you can order from Amazon. All oats are gluten free but you can buy gluten free oats in order to prevent cross contamination with gluten as they are being processed. X

  • Ivana

    Hi Ella! I just
    wanted to tell you that I like your blog very much J It was my introduction to this kind of thinking and cooking. The very
    first blog I have read on this subject! The colors, ingredients and philosophy,
    totally new experience for me. Also love the esthetics of your site, it is a
    joy to watch! I think that I eat well, lot of home cook meals, but when I look
    at these recipes it just oozes with life and fun and positive attitude. Keep
    on, I will follow your work and sorry if some words are not right, English is
    not my native language J

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sarah, you could try using chia seeds instead. Hope it turns out delicious! X

  • ellawoodward

    Yes of course! Hope you love it x

  • ellawoodward

    I haven’t tried it with frozen mango before but I imagine that should also work! X

  • Jane

    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe – just made the overnight oats and very excited to eat it tomorrow morning. Just wondering, how many calories is in 1 serving?

    • ellawoodward

      Awesome, hope you love them! I don’t tend to focus on calories in any of my recipes, I prefer to count goodness instead :)