Banana Bread Weetbix
Did you love weetbix as a kid? If so, try this nostalgic number for brekky this week. Creamy banana-infused weetbix topped with rich coconut yoghurt, fresh sliced banana, and the most moreish maple cinnamon walnuts.
When someone told me there was a trend going round the social-spheres of soaked overnight weekbix, I couldn’t resist creating my own version. Given I pretty much spent five years of high school eating weetbix with milk and sugar, it feels like a bit of a home-coming too.
Oh yes, these 90’s inspired Banana Bread Weetbix are:
- A cross between a brekky parfait, bircher muesli, and overnight oats
- Inspired by the cosy warming flavours of banana bread
- Creamy and sweet, yet with zero added sugar
The trick with mine though – no overnight soak needed. I do a quick instant soak with boiling water, then layer the toppings, so you’ll only need 5 mins to prep them in the morn. Have them warm, or pop them in the fridge to chill – either way they’re surprisingly delicious.
Watch my 1 minute vid below, then give them a try this week! I’d love to hear what you think.
Watch How To Make Banana Bread Weetbix
What are Overnight Weetbix?
Trust me, I thought the same thing. Overnight weetbix? Who would ever. But when I looked up a few recipes and tried them myself, I realised this could actually be a super tasty way to vamp up your brekky routine, especially if you’re a weetbix fan to begin with.
Most recipes for “overnight weetbix” do just that – soak weetbix in some milk and sweetener overnight, then in the morn, layer them with flavours like a parfait. Little do they know though, you don’t actually need to soak weetbix overnight (like you do with oats). They’re so soft and tender, you can do a quicky soak in hot water or milk, and achieve exactly the same texture, without the 12 hour wait.
How to Make Banana Bread Weetbix
So how do you make these weetbix? Hark back to my 13 year old self, and I would just pop two weetbix in a bowl (three if I had an exam), then pour over just enough boiling water to cover them. Once they’d fully soaked up the water (a minute later), I’d add my milk, then sprinkle liberally with every child’s favourite – sugar.
25 years later and I’m a little more clued up in my nutrition choices, so in this recipe have dropped the blue cow and sugar dousing, in favour of some more health-inspired additions instead.
I brainstormed up quite a few flavour combos for these – chocolate hazelnut, peanut butter and jam, apple pie, or snickers. But given the intention here is for this to be a brekky dish, and personally I don’t eat chocolate in the morning (even though I know plenty of recipes will tell you “this chocolate is so healthy, you can eat it for brekky!”), I decided on a warming banana bread inspired combo instead.
But are Weetbix Actually Healthy?
Despite any reservations you might have, weetbix (otherwise known as weet-bix in NZ, weetabix in the UK, or just wheat biscuits), are actually a pretty healthy option for breakfast. Compared to the sugar soaked rice puffs, cocoa puffs, and even many supposedly health-positive mueslis and granolas, weetbix are very low in both sugar and contain no added oils. Here’s a quick snap of the ingredients list:
Wholegrain wheat (97%), sugar, salt, barley malt extract, vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, folate), mineral (iron)
In other words, mostly wholegrain wheat, with just a little sugar, salt, and barley malt for flavour, and some extra B vitamin and iron fortification for energy. You can even now buy weetbix in organic, multi grain, hi-bran, and gluten free varieties. Any of these, or the originals would be my top picks.
Nutrient wise, two weetbix are going to give you 4 grams of protein, 3 ½ grams of fibre, and less than 1 gram of sugar (which I clearly offset in my sugar dousing days). Not bad for a cost effective option that you can find in virtually every small town dairy.
Tips for Making Soaked or “Overnight” Weetbix
- Only use enough boiling water to cover – we’re just using the water to soften, not to flavour, so only just cover them and wait until the water is fully absorbed before proceeding.
- Smear your yoghurt carefully – because the weetbix will still be quite warm, the yoghurt will melt a little if you don’t smear gently. Otherwise you can chill your weetbix base if you don’t want this issue.
- Add protein powder for a protein boost – if you want a little extra protein in these, add a tablespoon of vanilla plant-based protein powder to the base instead of vanilla extract. That’ll quickly add at least 10 more grams of protein to your brekky.
How to Serve These Banana Bread Weetbix
On their own, for brekky, of course. But I’ve actually also been enjoying leftover bowls of these for afternoon tea, or dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream too. Don’t knock it. It’s quietly rather delicious.
If you make multiple serves of this recipe, and it’s only for you, stop after the yoghurt spread and chill the leftover portions in the fridge. They’ll last happily there for 4-5 days. Then in the morning, all you need to do is top with your fresh sliced banana and maple cinnamon walnuts.
Want More Healthy Breakfast Recipes? Try These:
- Fruity Coconut Muffins
- Banana Walnut Bread
- Bangin Breakfast Burrito
- Everyday Bircher
- Coconut Vanilla Porridge
If you try these Banana Bread Weetbix, do let me know! I love hearing from you. Leave me a rating and comment below, or tag me @begoodorganics on Instagram. I can’t wait to hear what you think.
Banana Bread Weetbix
- 6 weetbix
- ½ c plant-based milk
- 2 bananas
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ c walnuts chopped
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 6 tbsp coconut yoghurt
- Put two weetbix in each bowl, then pour over just enough boiling water to cover. Leave to soak for a minute, adding a little more boiling water if there are dry patches.
- Meanwhile toast the walnuts in a small pan for a few minutes until golden, then turn off the heat and add the maple syrup and cinnamon, stirring until combined.
- Mash one of the bananas with the vanilla, then add to the weetbix bowls, stir to combine, then flatten down. If you want it chilled, put in the fridge or freezer now for 10 minutes to chill.
- Top each bowl with yoghurt, spread it to the edges, then top with the other banana sliced, maple cinnamon walnuts, and extra cinnamon.
- Gluten free: Use gluten free weetbix.
- Nut free: As is.
- Sugar free: As is.
- Oil free: As is.