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Banana bread oatmeal in a white bowl with caramelized bananas and toasted walnuts on top. Gold spoon and coffee mug in the background.
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4.91 from 20 votes

Banana Bread Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas

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!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread oatmeal
Servings: 1
Calories: 435kcal


  • ½ cup old fashioned 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


  • 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.



  • 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.


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