Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

This peanut butter banana oatmeal is creamy, voluminous and will keep you full all morning long! Plus, it only takes about 10 minutes to make and is vegan + gluten-free.

Now that I’ve shared how to make oatmeal, I have to share my  favorite oatmeal recipe ever… peanut butter banana oatmeal.

Peanut butter and banana is one of the best combos so it makes sense that this peanut butter banana oatmeal is sooo good. If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast recipe to add to your rotation, this would be a great recipe to try. Each bowl has around 370 calories, 17 grams of fiber (woot!), and 11 grams of protein!

Bowl of oatmeal with chopped bananas and drizzled peanut butter on top. Gold spoon sticking out of the oatmeal. Cutting board with chopped banana out of focus in the background.

How to Make Voluminous Oats

As a volume eater I love being able to eat a big bowl of something while still feeing good about it. That why I love salads so much!

Oatmeal, especially when made with extra water and pumped up with bananas and chia seeds, is a volume eater’s best friend. The trick is using double the amount of liquid typically recommended. Most old fashioned oatmeal packages recommend a 1:2 ratio so 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup of water, but when I make oatmeal I do 1/2 cup oats and 1 1/2 – 2 cups of water (or non-diary milk). The oats take a little bit longer to cook, but they easily soak up all the liquid resulting in a much larger portion.

Collage of four photos of the process of making banana chia oatmeal. 1. Pot with water and oats. 2. Added cinnamon and banana. 3. Added chia seeds. 4. Oatmeal is cooked in the pot.

With this recipe, the banana and chia seeds help too. The banana slices add sweetness, but they also soften and expand making the oats extra voluminous while the chia seeds pack in a ton of nutrition and make the oats fluffy and thick. The key is making sure you stir the oats while cooking so the banana slices break down and the chia seeds get even distributed rather than clumping in one spot. No one likes clumps of chia.

And let’s not forget the peanut butter topping! It may not add a ton of volume but it gives the oats a delicious nutty flavor and a boost of healthy fat and protein, which will help keep you full through a busy morning. My trick for making it super drizzly? Add 1/2 teaspoon melted coconut oil to 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter and stir to combine. The peanut butter will thin and you can get your drizzle on.

Ingredients Needed

  • rolled oats – old fashioned rolled oats are best for this recipe. If you have steel cut oats, try my recipe for steel cut oatmeal.
  • banana
  • chia seeds
  • cinnamon
  • sea salt
  • water – you can also use non-dairy milk or a blend of both
  • peanut butter or another type of nut butter

Bowl of oatmeal with chopped bananas and drizzled peanut butter on top.

How to Make Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Making this peanut butter banana oatmeal is a breeze. Just start by adding your oats, banana slices, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt to a pot. Add water and stir to combine.

Heat over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Be sure to stir the oats several times while cooking to make sure the banana slices melt into the oats and the chia seeds don’t clump. You’ll know the oatmeal is done when all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are thick and fluffy.

Portion oats into two bowls and serve with peanut butter, banana slices, and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Add a splash of non-dairy milk and/or maple syrup on top before serving, if desired.

Bowl of oatmeal with chopped bananas arranged on one side of a bowl, peanut butter drizzled on top and a gold spoon sticking out of the bowl.

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If you make this peanut butter banana 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! 

Bowl of oatmeal with chopped bananas and drizzled peanut butter on top. Gold spoon sticking out of the oatmeal. Cutting board with chopped banana out of focus in the background.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Brittany Mullins
The ultimate healthy breakfast recipe, this peanut butter banana oatmeal is creamy, voluminous and will keep you full all morning long! Plus it only takes about 10 minutes to make and is vegan + gluten-free.
4.61 from 53 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 369 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 banana sliced (save a few for topping)
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3 cups of water non-dairy milk or a blend of both
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter or another type of nut butter

Instructions
 

  • Add ingredients into a pot: Add oats, banana slices, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt to a pot. Add water and stir to combine. Heat over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Be sure to stir the oats several times while cooking to make sure the banana slices melt into the oats and the chia seeds don’t clump. You’ll know the oatmeal is done when all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are thick and fluffy.
  • Serve: Portion oats into two bowls and serve with peanut butter, banana slices, and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Add a splash of non-dairy milk and/or maple syrup on top before serving, if desired.

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Notes

  • Meal prep: I like making two servings so I can save one for the next day, but if you don’t like eating leftover oats and are only cooking for yourself, simply cut all ingredients in half. For reheating you can use the stovetop or microwave. Just add the portion you’re going to eat and a splash of water or milk and heat until warm. In the microwave it shouldn’t take more than 30 – 60 secs.
  • Overnight oats: Turn this recipe into overnight oats by using all the same ingredients but reducing the non-diary milk to 2 cups instead of 3 cups. Mix everything together, let the mixture sit in the fridge overnight and enjoy the next morning with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowlCalories: 369kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 11gFat: 12gFiber: 17gSugar: 10g
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    154 comments
    1. Merce
      June 4, 2021 AT 9:11 am

      5 stars
      Best oatmeal ever!!! It was so good that I cant wait to have the second portion i saved for the next day. So delicious!! I will definitely be making this every week now. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 4, 2021 AT 11:36 am

        Woo!! So glad you love this oatmeal, Merce. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Manda
      May 29, 2021 AT 11:33 am

      I eat this 3 to 4 times a week now. Love it! Because I only make one portion, I end up using a whole banana, whoops 😅 Using the coconut oil with the peanut butter gives it a slightly more decadent flavor, and I’m full until 3 pm! Thanks for this 💕

    3. Mel
      March 30, 2021 AT 6:54 am

      5 stars
      My go to breakfast! I’d recommend turning off the heat when the oats are emerging from the liquid, stiring it a bit and leaving for 3-5 minutes. The texture gets exstra thick and it is soo tasty.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 30, 2021 AT 11:53 pm

        So glad you love this recipe, Mel! Thanks for the review, I so appreciate it!

    4. Adele
      March 9, 2021 AT 9:36 am

      5 stars
      This is so good! It’s been my go-to breakfast for the last week.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 10, 2021 AT 12:08 am

        Yay!! So glad you’ve been loving this recipe, Adele. Thanks for the review. I appreciate it!

    5. T.Williamson
      February 20, 2021 AT 2:42 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious! Followed recipe exactly. It was creamy and yummy! My son enjoyed it as well.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 20, 2021 AT 8:29 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

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