This easy banana oatmeal recipe is a healthier way to enjoy the classic banana bread flavors for breakfast. Made with just a few simple pantry ingredients like gluten free rolled oats, cinnamon and walnuts, it’s full of cozy flavors you’ll love. Quick and easy to make for a healthy breakfast on busy mornings.
BANANA OATMEAL FOR BREAKFAST
Are you an oatmeal fan? Oatmeal is a staple for breakfast for my kids. They love starting their mornings almost every day with a hearty bowl of oats so you can bet that we make A LOT of oatmeal. This banana oatmeal is quick and easy to make and hearty enough to keep you full until lunch.
This recipe is not only refined sugar free, it’s also vegan, gluten free and uses easy to find pantry ingredients. All you need are 3 easy to find main ingredients. Plus, you can simply swap out the flavors with any ingredients you have on hand in your kitchen and you can step up your usual plain bowl of oats.
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WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF OATMEAL:
Did you know that a bowl of homemade oatmeal is high in dietary fiber and packed with protein?
Using certified gluten free oats and dairy free milk makes it a healthy and nutritious gluten free and vegan breakfast option.
There is nothing quite like waking up to a warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning. My kids always prefer a hot breakfast over a bowl of cold cereal during the winter.
Plus, you can’t beat how simple oatmeal is to customize. You can choose to serve it plain with a splash of milk or dress it up with your favorite toppings.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF OATMEAL:
So what is the difference between steel cut oats and rolled oats?
Are steel cut oats healthier than rolled oats? All oats start off as oat groats — the whole, unbroken grains so steel-cut and rolled oats actually have the same nutritional profile since they’re all made from whole oat groats.
The difference between steel cut oats and rolled oats are:
- Cooking times – steel cut oats takes longer to cook than rolled oats
- Texture – steel cut oats are heartier and chewier while rolled oats are softer since they absorb more liquid
- How much the oat groat has been processed – steel cut oats are chopped into pieces while rolled oats are steamed, pressed and then rolled flat
- Since steel cut oats are process differently, most people have mentioned that they keep you fuller longer until lunch time.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE BANANA OATMEAL:
For this easy pantry recipe, all you need is:
- rolled oats
- mashed banana
- chopped walnuts or pecans
- almond milk, or use your favorite milk
- sliced bananas, for topping
- OPTIONAL TOPPINGS: drizzle of almond butter, date caramel, cocao nibs, sweetener, chocolate chips coconut etc.
HOW TO MAKE BANANA OATMEAL ON THE STOVETOP:
To make this delicious oatmeal recipe:
- You simply combine everything to a medium pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and a gentle simmer. Do not leave unattended.
- Mash in the banana and continue cooking and simmering until thickened and desired creaminess, about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pan to. Remove from heat.
Stir in the cinnamon and sweetener if desired. I find that there is no need for additional sweetener as the ripe banana is sweet enough but feel free to adjust to your likeness. Divide into bowls and enjoy as it or top with banana slices, walnuts, almond butter or any other toppings you like.
ARE OATS GLUTEN FREE?
Yes. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but they can sometimes be processed in a facility where wheat products are also processed so there can be cross-contamination. If you are sensitive to gluten, it’s important to check your labels and choose a brand that is certified gluten free.
OTHER REASONS TO LOVE THIS BANANA BREAD OATMEAL RECIPE:,
- high in fibre
- gluten-free (use GF-certified oats if needed)
- no added sugar
- simple and easy to customize
CAN I MAKE OATMEAL IN THE INSTANT POT?
Yes, absolutely! Making oatmeal in the Instant Pot is actually one of my favorite ways. You can use steel cut oats or old-fashioned rolled oats.
Please NOTE that the Instant Pot instructions will NOT work for Instant Oats or quick oats so it’s important that you buy the correct type of oats.
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This banana oatmeal recipe is made with mashed bananas, gluten free rolled oats, cinnamon and walnuts. Quick and easy to make for the perfect easy and comforting breakfast for busy mornings.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats , use gluten free as needed
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk , or use your favorite milk
- 1/16 teaspoon fine sea salt (a tiny pinch), optional
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sweetener of choice , optional - coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, SWERVE, stevia or monk fruit sweetener
- 1/2 well ripened banana , mashed
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1 tablespoon almond butter , peanut butter or date caramel for topping, optional
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut , optional for topping
Combine oats and milk in a medium pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and a gentle simmer. Do not leave unattended.
Add in the mashed banana and continue simmering until thickened and desired creaminess, about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping along the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking. Remove from heat.
Stir in cinnamon and sweetener if using.
Divide into bowls and top each with more banana slices, nuts or any other toppings, if desired.
To avoid sticking, lightly coat the inner pot of your Instant Pot with coconut oil or cooking spray.
Add oats into the Instant Pot followed by milk. Stir in the bananas. Secure the lid and close the vent.
Press the MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOKER for newer Instant Pot models) button and set to 4 minutes.
After the oats finish cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally (about 10-15 minutes).
- After the pressure releases, open the lid and give the oatmeal a good stir. Any extra liquid will absorb as it cools. Stir in the cinnamon and sweetener if desired.
Divide into bowls and top each with more banana slices, nuts, milk and other toppings, if desired.