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 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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  1. 5/5 was soooo good! I’m trying to eat healthier and not only is this recipe healthy, it tastes amazing too! Thanks Brittany!

    • 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

  2. 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!

    • 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!

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

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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!

    • 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

  6. 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.

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