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An overhead photo of a bowl of banana bread oatmeal, topped with banana slices and walnuts, and drizzled with maple syrup.
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4.92 from 37 votes

Banana Bread Oatmeal

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!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread oatmeal
Servings: 1



  • Add oats, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt and half of the banana slices to a medium pot. Add water and stir to combine.
    A sauce pot with oats, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt and banana slices. Water is being poured in.
  • 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.
    A sauce pot with water, oats, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt and banana slices mixed together.
  • 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.
    Banana slices and walnuts added to a sauté pan with maple syrup and coconut oil.
  • Place cooked oats into a bowl and top with caramelized bananas and walnuts. For sweeter oats, drizzle with extra maple syrup.
    Caramelized banana slices and walnuts in a sauté pan.



  • Want to add protein? I like to amp up the protein content by adding ½ to 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder to the oats while cooking.
  • Want to reduce the sugar content? For less sugar, leave out the maple syrup or use a natural calorie-free option like stevia.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 24g