This delicious banana oatmeal recipe turns an ordinary bowl of oatmeal into the perfect breakfast. Overripe bananas are a match for the nutty flavor of instant oats. Plus, when no one wants to eat bananas with brown spots, you won’t have to let them go to waste. The natural sweetness of bananas makes for a great way to enjoy a healthy breakfast without added sugar.
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick: We all have those busy mornings that get crazy, but that’s no excuse not to eat a healthy breakfast. With banana oatmeal, you can have it on the table fast and be out the door on time.
- Delicious: This great recipe tastes like a sweet treat that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding sugar.
- Good for you: This is one of those healthy oatmeal recipes you don’t want to miss. With bananas and heart-healthy oats, you can keep your high blood pressure in check while eating something that fully nourishes and sustains you at the start of your day.
Ingredients + Notes
This ingredient list is simple, and hopefully, you’ve got everything you need in your kitchen to whip up banana oatmeal today. It’s one of the best healthy breakfast recipes you’ll find, and it’s super quick to make too!
- Rolled Oats: I definitely prefer rolled oats when making oatmeal like this. They cook quickly and have a great texture.
- Oat Milk: Oat milk lends a creamy texture to your banana oatmeal, making it taste more heavenly overall.
- Maple Syrup: Pure maple syrup adds natural sweetness, a perfect swap for added sugar.
- Salt: Everyone is always surprised to find out that a pinch of salt really makes a difference. What does it do here? It brings balance to the sweet and nutty flavors for a more harmonious bowl of oatmeal.
- Banana: Mashed banana is the main attraction for our banana oatmeal. You can use a potato masher to prepare it or a fork.
In just under 10 minutes, you’ll have this incredibly delicious banana oatmeal to enjoy. I provide a microwave method and a stovetop method so that you can make it in whichever way works best for you.
1. Pour oat milk into a microwave-safe pitcher or mug and microwave for 30-60 seconds (until very hot). (Alternatively, heat the plant-based milk on the stove in a small saucepan until it just starts to simmer.)
2. Prepare the banana:
- Cut half of the banana into slices and set aside for topping.
- Add the other half of the banana to your oatmeal bowl and mash it.
3. Add rolled oats, maple syrup, and salt to the bowl and pour steaming hot oat milk over the top.
4. Let sit until the oats have soaked up most of the liquid, which takes 3-5 minutes.
5. Stir oatmeal and add the sliced banana to the top, along with your favorite toppings.
Banana Oatmeal Recipe Video
Try this banana oatmeal recipe, and you’ll love it, though if you’re missing one of the key ingredients, these variation tips will help you make it using a substitution.
- Sweeteners: Pure maple syrup is always my first choice for natural sweetness. If you’re out of it in your kitchen, try stevia, monk fruit sweetener, or brown sugar.
- Non-Dairy Milk Options: While I always have oat milk on hand, if that’s not your preferred plant-based milk, you can use soy milk, almond milk, or any other non-dairy milk. If you don’t have those, boiling water also works.
- Extracts: Vanilla extract will always work in your favor for creating the best-tasting bowl of oatmeal. However, you could also use banana extract for even more banana flavor or something like strawberry extract to contrast.
- Oats: I use old-fashioned oats in this recipe though instant oats or rolled oats are other viable options. The thing to keep in mind is that you need quick-cooking oats for a recipe like this, not steel cut oats.
Recipe Topping Ideas
Gather your favorite mix-ins and put them on top for more deliciousness in every spoonful of this healthy breakfast!
- Banana Slices: If you have some ripe bananas left over after the mashing, top your banana oatmeal with the slices.
- Fresh Berries: Berries also work great as a topping for your banana oatmeal. Blueberries and strawberries are a perfect match.
- Nut Butter: Go for almond butter or peanut butter for an extra pop of protein and flavor.
- Chia Seeds: Adding chia seeds on top will give this a crunchy layer. You can also see my other recipes for chia oatmeal bowls that can easily work with bananas.
- Chocolate Chips: Make this taste like an indulgent dessert with a little chocolate chips thrown in. They’re so yummy with bananas!
I always make my oatmeal right when I plan to eat it though I know many of you like to meal prep. You may also be unable to finish such a filling serving, in which case you can save the remainder to eat later or use it for peanut butter, banana oatmeal cookies, or banana bread cookies.
To keep banana oatmeal in the fridge, you should put it in an airtight container. Try to eat it as soon as possible, though don’t keep it longer than 5 days.
Freezing your leftover banana oatmeal is another option, especially if you want to use it in other recipes. You can keep it there for a maximum of 3 months.
Absolutely! Oatmeal with banana has soluble fiber, which is great for helping lower your risk for heart disease. Bananas also contain loads of potassium, and together with the oats, it’s an excellent combination for your health that also tastes amazing.
Yes, oatmeal and bananas make an outstanding breakfast. These two things can keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer, allowing you to have the energy to master all your morning tasks.
You don’t have to eat oatmeal every morning, but you surely can. It’s such a nutritious breakfast and can help you meet your health goals.
Steel-cut oats or Irish oats are among the best for your health, though they won’t bode well in this recipe since they take longer to cook. Rolled oats and quick oats still offer plenty of health benefits for you, and they cook quickly too.
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Healthy Banana Oatmeal Recipe Ready In 7 Minutes
- 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup of oat milk
- 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
- Pinch of salt
- 1 banana, peeled
- Pour oat milk into a microwave-safe pitcher or mug and microwave for 30-60 seconds (until very hot). (Alternatively, heat the plant-based milk on the stove in a small saucepan until it just starts to simmer.)
- Prepare the banana: Cut half of the banana into slices and set aside for topping. Add the other half of the banana to your oatmeal bowl and mash it.
- Add rolled oats, maple syrup, and salt to the bowl and pour steaming hot oat milk over the top.
- Let sit until the oats have soaked up most of the liquid, which takes 3-5 minutes.
- Stir oatmeal and add the sliced banana to the top, along with your favorite toppings.
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