Banana Oatmeal

White Bowl with healthy banana oatmeal topped with walnuts. Spoon on right side of bowl.

Banana oatmeal is a healthy oatmeal breakfast! Top it with chopped walnuts to give it some crunch and a little maple syrup for extra sweetness.   It actually changed the way I thought about oatmeal.  Instead of individual cardboard like flakes this oatmeal is a creamy delightful texture. 

I think that cooking it on the stove for a couple of minutes, using milk and a mashed banana gives it that wonderful smooth and light texture.  Oatmeal and walnuts are heart healthy, too! 

Other great breakfast ideas to try include our Easy Omellete, Morning Glory Muffins, and Turkey Sausage Crescent Bake.

Banana Oatmeal is Easy to Make

You will need 1 cup quick cooking oats, 1 cup milk, 1 cup water, a dash of salt, 1 mashed ripe banana, a tablespoon of maple syrup and a few spoonfuls of chopped walnuts.

Combine the water, milk, and dash of salt in a boiler on the stove and turn it on high.  I like to use my non-stick boiler for extra easy cleanup, but any boiler will work.  After the liquid starts to steam and get hot, add the oatmeal.  Stir constantly for 2 minutes.  I keep it on high until it starts to splatter a little, then turn it down to medium high.  Be sure to stir it constantly and it won’t stick to the bottom of the pan.  After 2 minutes (or maybe a little before) the oatmeal is thicker and creamier.  Remove it from the heat and stir in the mashed banana and tablespoon of maple syrup.  If the banana is really ripe, you can omit the maple syrup.  Spoon into serving bowls and top with walnuts.

Variations for Banana Oatmeal

You can also top with fresh blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries.  Instead of walnuts, you can use pecans.  Any way you top it, it is delicious!

How to Serve Banana Oatmeal

  • Breakfast – Quick to prepare. Full of healthy ingredients. Gives you energy and helps you feel full.
  • Snack – Perfect pick-me-up for the afternoon slump. It’s nutritional value will energize you and help you power on!
  • Oatmeal Before Bed – Oats contain tryptophan, an amino-acid that the brain converts into serotonin that helps you relax before falling asleep.

FAQ

Is oatmeal good for you?

Yes it is full of nutrients. A half cup of dry, quick-cooking oats contains about 150 calories, 5 grams protein, and 4 grams of fiber. Vitamins and minerals include iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium, B vitamins, and a small amount of calcium and potassium. Oatmeal provides antioxidants, supports weight control, is heart healthy and diabetic friendly.

Is milk good for you?

Milk contains natural high quality protein for building and maintaining lean muscle; B vitamins for energy; Vitamin A for a healthy immune system; and Calcium, Vitamin D and phosphorus for building bones.

Are bananas good for you?

Bananas are a nutritious source of manganese, potassium, Vitamins C and B6.

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Banana oatmeal in a white bowl with spoon to the right side. Topped with walnuts.
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5 from 2 votes

Banana Oatmeal

Banana oatmeal is a healthy oatmeal breakfast! Top it with chopped walnuts to give it some crunch and a little maple syrup for extra sweetness.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Salt
Servings: 2
Calories: 120kcal
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • tsp salt (dash of salt)
  • 1 banana (mashed, very ripe for sweetness)
  • 1 tbls maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tbls chopped walnuts (optional, or use pecans or other nuts for topping)

Instructions

  • Combine the water, milk, and dash of salt in a boiler on the stove and turn it on high. 
  • After the liquid starts to steam and get hot, add the oatmeal.  Stir constantly for 2 minutes until thick and creamy.
  • Remove boiler from the heat.
  • Stir in the mashed banana and tablespoon of maple syrup. 
  • Spoon into individual serving bowls and top with chopped walnuts.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Nutritional analysis is an estimate and can vary according to ingredients used.
 
You can also top with fresh blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries.  Instead of walnuts, you can use pecans. I have made the oatmeal the night before and refrigerated it. Just cover it well with plastic wrap to keep the bananas from turning dark. You can reheat it in the microwave and then top with walnuts.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 120kcal

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    Food and Life Path
    01/31/2022 at 8:24 pm

    5 stars
    Banana oatmeal is a powerhouse of energy and nutrition. It helps with losing weight, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and even sleeping. Eating a small bowl for dessert at dinner (even without maple syrup if you use a ripe banana) helps me be calm by bedtime!

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