Banana Bread Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas

Gluten-free, vegan banana bread oatmeal that tastes like the real deal and is super simple to whip up. Add some caramelized bananas and toasted walnuts on top for a gourmet breakfast!

I am a huge oatmeal fan and will eat oatmeal just about any way… baked, on the stovetop, as muffins, cold as overnight oats… you name it, if it has the world oatmeal in it, count me in! So, needless to say, I love coming up with new oatmeal recipes for you.

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

Why I Love Oatmeal

Oats are an amazing grain. They’re naturally gluten-free and provide a good amount of vitamins, minerals, fiber and even antioxidants. Oats have been shown to help lower cholesterol, help control blood sugar fluctuations, help improve skin concerns and even help with weight loss. They are basically a “super grain.” Oats can be used in a variety of ways – oatmeal (duh!), energy ballsmuffins and other baked goods.

Caramelizing bananas and toasting walnuts in a small skillet.

Banana Bread Turned Into Oatmeal

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.

Ingredients in Banana Bread Oatmeal

  • rolled oats (gluten-free if needed) – old fashioned rolled oats are best for this recipe. If you have steel cut oats, try my recipe for steel cut oatmeal.
  • water or dairy-free milk 
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • sea salt
  • banana
  • chopped walnuts
  • coconut oil
  • maple syrup (plus more for serving)

Customize Your Banana Bread Oatmeal

Toppings – 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), but feel free to make this recipe your own!

Protein powder You can easily make this oatmeal a high-protein meal by adding in a little protein powder.

Overnight Oats  You could use these ingredients to make a delicious overnight oats recipe if that’s more your style.

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

More Oatmeal Recipes You’ll Love:

If you make this banana bread oatmeal please be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how it turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for me and other EBF readers who are thinking about trying 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
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Gluten-free, vegan banana bread oatmeal that tastes like the real deal and is super simple to whip up. Add some caramelized bananas and toasted walnuts on top for a gourmet 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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Recipe rating

    46 comments
    1. Miriam Rush
      February 25, 2021 AT 10:32 am

      My picky 19 month old devoured an entire bowl. So good!!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 25, 2021 AT 5:54 pm

        Woo I’m so glad it was a hit!! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Brittnee Carlson
      January 31, 2021 AT 9:08 am

      This oatmeal is so delicious! The caramelized bananas give it just the right touch.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 1, 2021 AT 12:53 am

        Ahh yay!! So glad you loved this oatmeal. Thanks for the review, Brittnee. I so appreciate it!

    3. Jill Rabin
      January 30, 2021 AT 12:02 pm

      I just made eating bird food’s banana bread oatmeal with caramelized bananas. This was absolutely delicious and so easy to make. I make many of her recipes and they are my go to’s! (Big fan of her avocado truffles) This will now be my go to breakfast!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 1, 2021 AT 1:04 am

        Ahh this makes me so happy to hear!! So glad you loved this oatmeal, Jill. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    4. Danielle Guzman
      January 27, 2021 AT 12:42 pm

      Wow! It’s so simple, so delicious and so fancy! Those caramelized bananas are scrumptious, and love the way the bananas in the oatmeal fall apart and make it all so creamy. Yet another Eating Bird Food favorite!! I enjoyed it so much I’m making it again tomorrow.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 27, 2021 AT 6:58 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Danielle!! As always, thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Ashley
      December 28, 2020 AT 11:56 am

      This was so good! Made it for my 2 year old and he ate it all up.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2020 AT 2:29 am

        Woo!! So glad this oatmeal was a hit with your kiddo. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    6. 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

    7. 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. 🙂

    8. 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!

    9. 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!

    10. 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??

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

      SUPER GOOD!!!!! 10/10

    12. 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. 🙂

    13. 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!

    14. 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

    15. 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!

    16. 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!!

    17. 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!

    18. 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!

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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.

    22. 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.

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

      This looks delicious! ?

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

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

    25. 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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