Banana Bread Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas

Gluten-free, vegan banana bread oatmeal that tastes like the real deal. Get fancy (ok not that fancy, they’re super simple) and add some caramelized bananas and toasted walnuts on top for a gourmet breakfast!

Banana bread oatmeal in a white bowl with caramelized bananas and toasted walnuts on top. Gold spoon and coffee mug in the background.

When I’m meal planning and making a grocery list for the week, I typically ask Isaac if he has any requests. Sometimes he has a meal request, but the other week he had a snack request: banana bread. I am 100% a sucker for banana bread. I may or may not have three banana bread recipes on my site… I will always and forever treat myself to a slice of banana bread when it’s available. It’s one of those things that I rarely think to make though. So when Isaac requested it, I immediately added the ingredients to my grocery list to make this recipe.

Caramelizing bananas and toasting walnuts in a small skillet.

I love warming up a slice of banana bread and topping it with coconut oil or a nut butter — it’s a simple breakfast, a delicious snack or, let’s be real, a bomb dessert too. So when I was brainstorming new oatmeal recipes, “banana bread” popped in my head and I knew it was going to be a hit.

Overhead shot of banana bread oatmeal with caramelized bananas and toasted walnuts. Gold spoon and coffee mug in the background.

This oatmeal has a delicious base recipe that you can build your own flavors on. I chose to top it with caramelized bananas (yum) and toasted walnuts (double yum). Bonus points: it can be made a high-protein meal by adding in a little protein powder. You could also use these ingredients and make a delicious overnight oats recipe if that’s more your style. I hope you give my new favorite oatmeal a try!

Banana bread oatmeal in a bowl placed on a natural napkin with a gold spoon.

If you make this banana bread oatmeal recipe please leave a comment and star rating letting me know you tried it. This feedback helps me and everyone else who is planning to make the recipe!

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Banana bread oatmeal in a white bowl with caramelized bananas and toasted walnuts on top. Gold spoon and coffee mug in the background.

Banana Bread Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1

Description

Gluten-free, vegan banana bread oatmeal that tastes like the real deal. Get fancy (ok not that fancy, they’re super simple) and add some caramelized bananas and toasted walnuts on top for a delicious breakfast!


Ingredients

  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 banana, sliced (divided)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (plus more for serving)

Instructions

  1. Add oats, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt and half of the banana slices to a medium pot. Add water and stir to combine.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes. Be sure to stir the oats several times while cooking to make sure the banana slices melt into the oats and the oats don’t stick to the pot.
  3. You’ll know the oatmeal is done when all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are thick and fluffy.
  4. While oats are cooking, heat a skillet over medium and add coconut oil and maple syrup. Add remaining banana slices and walnuts to the skillet.
  5. Cook banana slices 2 minutes on each side or until they start to get a golden crust. Heat walnuts until just toasted. Remove from heat.
  6. Place cooked oats into a bowl and top with caramelized bananas and walnuts. For sweeter oats, drizzle with extra maple syrup.

Notes

  • I like to amp up the protein content by adding ½ to 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder to the oats while cooking.
  • For less sugar, leave out the maple syrup or use a natural calorie-free option like stevia.
  • Category: Breakfast

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 435
  • Sugar: 25g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 67g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 8g
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    36 comments
    1. Casey
      September 14, 2020 AT 9:28 pm

      I never thought to Caramelize bananas and they tasted amazing. Love this recipe. So simple and tasty!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 15, 2020 AT 3:05 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Casey! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    2. Tate
      September 7, 2020 AT 11:19 am

      This is so much better than I thought it’d be since it’s such a simple recipe! So yummy, thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:37 pm

        Ahh yay!! So pumped you loved this recipe, Tate. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Bella
      August 2, 2020 AT 12:21 pm

      I make this recipe at least three times a week for breakfast!! I LOVE it 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 3, 2020 AT 12:30 am

        Woo-hoo! So glad you’ve been loving this oatmeal recipe, Bella!

    4. Joni
      July 9, 2020 AT 10:28 am

      Made this today and it came out delicious! Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 9, 2020 AT 6:00 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad it turned out for you, Joni. Thanks for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

    5. Katie
      June 15, 2020 AT 12:38 pm

      OMG so very good, I tried to make some overnight oats with cinnamon and I disliked them very much but this recipe is AMAZING!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 15, 2020 AT 12:43 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear. I’m so glad you enjoyed this bowl of oats. 🙂 Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

        1. Katie
          June 17, 2020 AT 7:09 am

          I thought I saw the containers it would be for the 21 day fix diet but I don’t see them anymore. Do you know??

    6. Vivian
      June 11, 2020 AT 3:05 pm

      SUPER GOOD!!!!! 10/10

    7. Kristen
      June 9, 2020 AT 9:14 am

      Yummm 🤤 this recipe is so delicious and almost tastes like dessert… only it’s healthy! Made ours with half almond milk and didn’t feel like we needed to add any extra maple syrup. Definitely going to be a staple in our household!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 9, 2020 AT 2:27 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Kristen. I’m so glad this oatmeal recipe is a hit. Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    8. Lucy
      June 5, 2020 AT 2:07 am

      OMG I made this in the morning today and I can’t wait to make it again tomorrow! It is so gooood. Almost taste like a dessert. I gave some to my brothers and they liked it too!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 5, 2020 AT 4:16 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad this oatmeal was a hit, Lucy. 🙂 Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment. I so appreciate it!

    9. Haley
      May 17, 2020 AT 6:01 pm

      5/5 was soooo good! I’m trying to eat healthier and not only is this recipe healthy, it tastes amazing too! Thanks Brittany!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2020 AT 10:43 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Haley! I’m so glad you enjoyed this oatmeal recipe. Thanks for taking the time to come back to leave a comment + star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

    10. Carly
      May 6, 2020 AT 2:21 pm

      So yummy!! I accidentally made this with steel cut oats instead of rolled oats, but I just cooked the oats about 25 min longer with more liquid and it turned out fine. I just recently found your page and LOVE your recipes, as I am trying to eat healthier. Thank you Brittany!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 6, 2020 AT 11:10 pm

        Oh yay!! I’m so glad this recipe turned out for you with the steel cut oats. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers!

    11. Tereza
      April 17, 2020 AT 12:04 pm

      Hi, this recipe looks delicious! I’m all out of maple syrup though, do you think agave syrup or honey would work too?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 17, 2020 AT 6:41 pm

        Yes, definitely!!

    12. GSB
      February 4, 2020 AT 1:04 pm

      You literally read my mind when this recipe popped up on my feed today. We’ve been doing smoothies daily with the hubs, but it was just so cold outside, and this hit the spot perfectly. Loved how no nut mylk was needed, and the scoop of protein powder was really disguised. Thanks for another amazing recipe!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 4, 2020 AT 7:38 pm

        YAY!! That makes me so happy to hear. 🙂 I’m so glad you guys enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it!

    13. Kamryn Crawford
      February 4, 2020 AT 10:16 am

      Super yummy! Added honey on top for some extra sweetness, soooo good

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 4, 2020 AT 7:34 pm

        Yay!! So glad you tried and enjoyed this recipe, Kamryn! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    14. Abbie Hill
      November 26, 2019 AT 4:11 am

      Love the banana bread oats, I can’t wait to try more recipies xxx

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 27, 2019 AT 1:59 am

        Woo-hoo! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this oatmeal recipe. Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it, Abbie! <3

    15. Colleen
      November 4, 2019 AT 2:44 pm

      This is fantastic! It really does taste like banana bread. I had to share with my 85 year old mother who will be making it next week. I used banana almond milk instead of water and added a little cardamom to it. Wish I could give it more stars!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 4, 2019 AT 9:57 pm

        Awww yay!! So happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, Colleen! I hope your mother enjoys it as well. 🙂 I’m sure the banana almond milk and cardamom was a nice addition. Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it! The ratings are super helpful to other readers. <3

    16. Amy
      January 26, 2019 AT 2:49 pm

      I LOVE oatmeal and bananas so this looks like a perfectly delicious breakfast for me! The vanilla is a great addition.

    17. Amber
      April 11, 2018 AT 8:32 pm

      Made these for breakfast this week and they were SO yummy! Me and my husband died and went to heaven ? I subbed unsweetened cashew milk for water for a more creamy taste (it was amazing!). I also made a double batch and prepackaged the oats for the week in small storage containers (mason jars work too). Try this, you won’t regret it! Thank you Brittany for sharing such a yummy and simple recipe!! Bonus tip: this is best to eat right after you make it, not bad the next day but loses a little bit of that fresh flavor.

    18. Tiffany
      April 8, 2018 AT 12:37 am

      This looks delicious! ?

    19. Amanda
      April 3, 2018 AT 9:40 pm

      Yum! I love the idea to top it with carmalized bananas!

    20. Kelly Davis
      April 3, 2018 AT 10:46 am

      Sounds delicious. Can I use olive oil instead of coconut oil?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 4, 2018 AT 11:57 am

        Hi Kelly! Olive oil or avocado oil should work fine if you don’t like or use coconut oil.

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