Peanut Butter Banana Chia Oatmeal

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.  Each bowl has around 370 calories, 17 grams of fiber (woot!), and 11 grams of protein.

Let’s start the year with one of my absolute favorite oatmeal recipes that has somehow never made it to the blog until now — peanut butter banana chia oatmeal.

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.

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Several years ago this oatmeal combo with banana, chia seeds and pb was my daily breakfast for months on end. At some point I switched things up and sort of forgot about peanut butter banana oatmeal but this winter I started making it again and was quickly reminded just how delicious it is.

Four images in a collage. The first are the dry ingredients of oatmeal, next adds liquid. third is the cooked oatmeal in a saucepan, fourth is the final product.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Of course, peanut butter and banana is one of the best combos ever 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 for the New Year, this would be a great recipe to try. Each bowl has around 370 calories, 17 grams of fiber (woot!), and 11 grams of protein!

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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 Chia Oatmeal


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2

Description

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.  Each bowl has around 370 calories, 17 grams of fiber (woot!), and 11 grams of protein.


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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Notes

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 369
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 61g
  • Fiber: 17g
  • Protein: 11g
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    124 comments
    1. Hannah
      October 1, 2020 AT 6:28 am

      I made this using oat bran actually – because that, along with a bunch of chia seeds (which I bought and didn’t end up being a fan of in smoothies!) was what I was trying to use up. It turned out delicious, I used a bit less plant milk though. I also added some honey because I have a sweet tooth.

      I’m not usually a breakfast person but this might convert me.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 1, 2020 AT 11:33 pm

        Oh yay!! So glad this was a hit for you, Hannah. Good to know that oat bran worked!

    2. Milly
      September 30, 2020 AT 3:24 pm

      Made this and it came out great! Will definitely make again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 30, 2020 AT 5:05 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this oatmeal, Milly! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

    3. madyar
      September 15, 2020 AT 5:53 am

      very helpful and tasty !!!

    4. Flora
      September 8, 2020 AT 11:26 am

      This is delicious😊

    5. Libby
      September 5, 2020 AT 9:30 pm

      I made this yesterday and put one serving in the fridge. It was delicious fresh but I think it was even better the day after. Thank you for this!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:47 pm

        Ahh yay! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Libby. 🙂

    6. Makandi
      September 1, 2020 AT 7:57 am

      It tasted really good considering there was no sugar

    7. Brooke
      August 19, 2020 AT 1:27 pm

      Thank you for the recipe, I like to eat high volume foods with a low caloric impact. I did notice the calorie are off a bit and wondering what brands you are using? The oats, banana, and peanut butter alone are 580 calories.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 19, 2020 AT 2:26 pm

        Hey Brooke. This recipe serves 2. I think that’s why your stats are different.

    8. DeAnna
      August 18, 2020 AT 10:47 am

      oooohhhhhh! this was so good & easy! my kiddos were SO impressed…not really a cooking mom, but trying… so THANKS! YUMMMMMY

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 18, 2020 AT 4:06 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad this oatmeal turned out for you, DeAnna. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    9. Emily
      August 17, 2020 AT 8:16 am

      It was SO BAD. Do
      Not try this recipe. It was watery, and tasted so disgusting. Ruined my breakfast

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 17, 2020 AT 3:12 pm

        Hey Emily – I’m so sorry to hear you didn’t like this. The oats definitely shouldn’t be watery. Did you change anything about the recipe?

    10. Morgan
      July 2, 2020 AT 2:11 pm

      Is it kept in an airtight container?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 2, 2020 AT 8:11 pm

        Hey Morgan – I normally make the oatmeal the morning I’m going to eat it, but you can certainly store this in an airtight container in the fridge if you are making this in advance.

    11. Kass
      June 24, 2020 AT 4:34 am

      Thank you for this amazing recipe! Will definitely be making this all the time now for breakfast or dessert!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 24, 2020 AT 10:18 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Kass. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    12. Grace
      May 30, 2020 AT 12:34 pm

      These oats are AMAZING! I love how fluffy and sweet they are without any added sweetener. The PB and banana is beyond delicious.

    13. kayleigh
      May 28, 2020 AT 10:55 am

      so quick, easy, & cheap!!! i loved this! it was so filling and tasted amazing with just the right amount of sweetness

    14. Ainsley
      May 27, 2020 AT 8:10 am

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
      I really like the recipe! The fluffy oatmeal, and my favorite peanut butter with banana!

      1. Arie
        October 16, 2020 AT 8:49 am

        Love this recipe! We do oatmeal every morning in our house and this recipe is always in the rotation once per week. I love the idea of cooking the banana into the oatmeal so much that I’ve actually stolen it to use on other oatmeal recipes with fruits and nuts on top as well! It adds a slight sweetness without needing to use any added sugar.

        1. Brittany Mullins
          October 17, 2020 AT 3:14 pm

          So glad you’ve been loving this recipe, Arie! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    15. Susan
      May 25, 2020 AT 9:44 am

      This is a new favorite in my breakfast rotation. I typically make a double batch, put in two Mason jars, then warm in the morning with peanut butter and honey. I love how filling this oatmeal is! Some breakfasts leave you hungry within an hour, but this isn’t one of them.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 25, 2020 AT 9:17 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Susan. I’m so glad you’re loving this oatmeal recipe. It’s my all-time fave. 🙂 Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it.

    16. Elizabeth
      May 8, 2020 AT 7:49 pm

      I actually made this recipe a while ago, but I just wanted to come back and say how good it is 🙂 So filling, easy to make and delicious!! It was the first stovetop oatmeal recipe I tried and it automatically got me hooked to making them that way. Thanks for sharing <3

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 12, 2020 AT 9:33 pm

        Ahh yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this oatmeal recipe. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    17. Anna P.
      April 17, 2020 AT 11:26 am

      I seriously make this at least once a week and it is SO good. The perfect combo of oats, peanut butter, and banana!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 17, 2020 AT 6:42 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you’re enjoying this oatmeal recipe, Anna. It’s my all-time fave!! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    18. Sintija
      April 4, 2020 AT 6:03 am

      I’d seen this on your IG so many times but finally tried it today and let me tell you – best oatmeal I’ve ever had! I’m even considering getting up earlier on weekdays just to make it before work, haha.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2020 AT 11:39 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Sintija!! I’m so glad you finally got a chance to try this recipe and loved it! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating, I so appreciate it. 🙂

    19. Monica
      March 27, 2020 AT 10:54 am

      Made this for breakfast today and it was so quick and easy. Makes the perfect fluffy, satisfying oats and a lot of them. A good sized portion for me was 1/4-1/3 of the pot so I should have leftovers for a few days. Will be making again!

    20. Allison
      March 27, 2020 AT 9:33 am

      I can’t thank you enough for this delicious recipe! I’ve been making it at least once a week and portioning it into 3 meals. I sometimes add hemp seeds and blueberries for some added nutrition and flavor. I like that it isn’t so sweet and somewhat low in calories. I’m an oatmeal lover like you and I can’t wait to try some of your other oatmeal recipes. Thank you again and hope you and your family are well during this crazy time in our lives!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 30, 2020 AT 3:35 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying this recipe, Allison. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it! And I hope you’re doing well and staying safe as well. <3

    21. Linda Gray
      February 29, 2020 AT 3:38 pm

      This breakfast has become my go-to!!! So simple and fast and great for a pre-workout or an on-the-go meal! I mix in some chocolate oat milk or chocolate ripple (I’m vegan) and it’s the best as it gives it a chocolate, banana, pb combo! AHHHHmazing

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2020 AT 10:41 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad you’re loving this oatmeal, Linda! I so appreciate you coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    22. Ben Ogley
      January 17, 2020 AT 12:45 pm

      Thank you for this, didn’t quite work first time so left the salt out and added blueberries instead.
      Very filling

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 17, 2020 AT 12:49 pm

        Hey Ben! I’m glad this oatmeal turned out for you the second time! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it.

    23. Evie
      January 12, 2020 AT 10:26 am

      Just made this but it was very bland. What did I do wrong? I didn’t want to keep adding maple syrup to give it more taste. I used 2 cups of water and one of almond milk.

    24. Karlee
      October 23, 2019 AT 4:49 pm

      Absolutely delicious! To save some extra time in the morning I made this into an “overnight oats” where I combined the ingredients in a mason jar (except for the peanut butter) the day before, then heated up in the morning and topped with the peanut butter and a few bananas

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 23, 2019 AT 5:52 pm

        Love that idea, Karlee! So glad you enjoyed this recipe and thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    25. Paul Justin
      September 11, 2019 AT 3:11 am

      Hello Brittany,
      I am a bloke, so excuse the basic lack of cooking knowledge….I like the idea of the peanut butter oat chia banana mix but can I add yoghurt instead of milk – I have had to dump my bran stick/oats/yoghurt breezy due to gas issues – seem to be cause by the bran!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 11, 2019 AT 7:59 am

        Hey Paul. I don’t think subbing yoghurt for the milk will work for this recipe… it will be too thick, but I have a protein-packed Greek yogurt oatmeal recipe that you might enjoy. Be sure to check that one out!

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