Tahini Banana Overnight Oatmeal

Isn’t this the best mess you’ve ever seen? Don’t you want to just lick it all up??


When I dumped this recipe into this bowl and saw it was going to overflow, I just kind of shrugged and let it happen. Then I dumped tahini all over it and let that overflow, too. It’s cascades of tahini delight.

Instead of my usual vanilla-cinnamon combo (that I use to flavor nearly all my recipes), I decided to go with more Middle Eastern flavors to truly highlight the tahini. Thus, I used a blend of allspice, cardamom, and cloves. You can debate the authenticity of that; I’m not an expert, just good at using Google.

Cinnamon is technically a common spice used in Middle Eastern cuisine, but I was challenging myself to avoid it. I was afraid if I added cinnamon, it would end up tasting too much like banana bread. I wanted this recipe to be distinctly different from my other spiced banana recipes! Hence, no cinnamon.

Random Recommendations:

  • [reads] this article of relatable #veganproblems from Twitter (made by me)
  • [reads] this article about how being vegan aligns with other parts of people’s identities, i.e. vegan intersectionality (also made by me!)

Tahini Banana Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

4 hours

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 2-3 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1-2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • pinch of cloves (just a pinch! cloves are potent)
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Mix all ingredients (in any container with a lid, such as a mason jar) until combined.
  2. Store in the refrigerator overnight (or for several hours). Eat cold or warm up!

Just an FYI:

If you omit the chia seeds, reduce the liquid to 1/2 a cup.



About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

3 Responses to Tahini Banana Overnight Oatmeal

  1. Christine says:

    I made this last night and had it for breakfast this morning. When I took the first bite, I didn’t know if I liked it, but the more I ate it, the more I enjoyed it. I think that I’m so used to your banana-cinnamon combination, that I wasn’t prepared for the different blend of spices. I had this oatmeal cold, but I believe that it would be even better warmed up.

  2. Christine says:

    I made this recipe again after I posted that comment. The flavor really grew on me! It only tasted strange when I was expecting cinnamon; the unique blend of spices are best enjoyed in their own right.

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