Gluten-free, vegan banana bread oatmeal that’s super simple to whip up and tastes like the real deal. 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.
I’m obsessed with making banana bread. It’s such a simple breakfast, 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.
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.” Plus, oats can be used in so many different ways – oatmeal (duh!), energy balls, muffins and other baked goods.
Prepare oatmeal – Like most stovetop oatmeal recipes, this one is super simple to make! Start by combining the oats, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt and half of the banana slices in a medium pot. Add water or non-dairy milk and stir to combine. Heat over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring a few times while cooking to make sure the banana slices melt into the oats and don’t burn. You’ll know the oatmeal is done when all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are thick and fluffy.
Caramelize bananas and toast walnuts – 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 then remove from heat.
Serve – Place cooked oats into a bowl and top with caramelized bananas and walnuts. For sweeter oats, drizzle with extra maple syrup.
pro tip! When your oatmeal is cooking, don't forget to stir it a few times so the bananas don't burn or stick to the bottom!
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! A drizzle of almond butter and some chia seeds would be a great addition!
Protein powder – You can easily make this oatmeal a high-protein meal by adding in a little Greek yogurt, cottage cheese or protein powder.
Overnight Oats – You could use these ingredients to make a delicious overnight oats recipe if that’s more your style.
Baked Oatmeal – Try making my banana bread baked oatmeal if it’s more your style!
Be sure to check out all of the oatmeal recipes here on EBF!