Banana Bread Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas

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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.

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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! 

Banana Bread Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas

5 from 20 votes
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!
Banana bread oatmeal in a white bowl with caramelized bananas and toasted walnuts on top. Gold spoon and coffee mug in the background.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

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
 

  • Add oats, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt and half of the banana slices to a medium pot. Add water and stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • You’ll know the oatmeal is done when all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are thick and fluffy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 Calories: 435kcal Carbohydrates: 67g Protein: 8g Fat: 18g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 25g
Course: Breakfast

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Recipe Rating




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

      5 stars
      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

      5 stars
      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

      5 stars
      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

      5 stars
      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

      5 stars
      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!

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