Best Banana Bread Oatmeal
Rise and shine for the most irresistibly delicious banana oatmeal you’ve ever tasted! It’s such an easy recipe and tastes just like a slice of warm banana bread! This banana bread oatmeal recipe is also gluten free, vegan, and a nutritious morning meal that is sweetened naturally with banana.
This recipe was first published on August 30, 2016. It was republished on 7/9/19 with updated recipe tips and images.
Oatmeal is one of my go-to breakfast options and this banana bread flavored oatmeal is my all-time favorite. First of all, oatmeal is just plain yummy. It’s warm and comforting and full of hearty goodness. It’s like waking up to a big hug in a bowl. Second, when I start my day with oatmeal, I always stay satisfied right up until lunchtime. And I love that oatmeal is like a blank canvas to add all kinds of awesome flavors. Over the years, I’ve shared recipes for Carrot Cake Protein Overnight Oatmeal, Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal, Almond Joy Baked Oatmeal and the list goes on.
HOW TO GET THAT BANANA BREAD FLAVOR
I wanted this oatmeal to taste like biting into a warm slice of banana bread, so I added half of a ripe mashed banana, cinnamon and I topped the oatmeal with more banana and fresh blueberries, mini chocolate chips and a drizzle of almond butter. Chopped pecans or walnuts sprinkled over the top would also be a great choice. Mmm mmm… this stuff is good!
That’s not all, though. I have two secret tips that make this easy, healthier banana oatmeal recipe taste like delicious banana bread. Keep reading to find out what really gives this oatmeal that classic banana bread flavor we all know and love.
BANANA OATMEAL INGREDIENTS
There’s nothing difficult or time-consuming about this recipe. It will only take you about 10 minutes from start to finish, with only about 3 minutes hands-on time. You also only need a few ingredients and most are pantry staples.
- Rolled oats. For stovetop oatmeal, rolled oats, old fashioned oats or large flake oats make for the fluffiest, creamiest texture.
- Extra ripe banana. A ripe spotty banana is perfect for this recipe and adds all the natural sweetness you’ll need.
- Chia seeds or ground flax. You can use either 1 tbsp of chia seeds or 1 tbsp of ground flax to help thicken the oats and add some extra nutrition. This is optional, but I love the creaminess it adds.
- Vanilla, butter extract and cinnamon. These ingredients are what will enhance the flavor of the banana and give you that classic banana bread taste.
- Water and milk. For the liquid in this recipe, I used half water and half almond milk. I like the added milk for extra creaminess, but you can just use water if you’re out of milk. Any combination of the two works, for example 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup milk. You can use any other milk in place of almond milk. For extra, extra creamy oats, try canned light coconut milk!
HOW TO COOK BANANA BREAD OATMEAL
To make this easy oatmeal, just add everything to a pot and heat it up, mashing the banana as it cooks, until you have a thick and creamy bowl of oats. There’s no need for additional sweetener as the ripe banana does the trick. Once cooked, stir in vanilla and butter extract. Scoop it into a bowl and enjoy as is or with toppings like fruit, chopped nuts and/or almond butter.
This recipe is vegan, high in fiber, gluten-free (use GF-certified oats if needed) and has no added sugar as it’s naturally sweetened by the banana. To make an ideal carbohydrate and protein-rich, post-workout breakfast, try adding 1/2 a scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder.
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Best Banana Bread Oatmeal
- ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free, if needed
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond milk*
- 1 large banana, 1/2 mashed + 1/2 sliced for topping**
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flaxseed (optional)
- 1 packet stevia, if needed (use whatever preferred sweetener you like)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon imitation butter extract (optional, but recommended)
- Optional toppings - peanut butter or almond butter, berries, chopped nuts, chocolate chips
- Add all of the ingredients except vanilla and butter extract to a small pot on the stovetop.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring and mashing the banana with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes until thick and creamy, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn. I like to remove the pot from the heat after 8-10 minutes and let sit for a few more minutes to thicken a little more. Add vanilla and butter extract, if using. If you want it a little creamier, stir in a little additional almond milk to reach desired consistency.
- Scoop into a bowl and add any desired toppings and enjoy.