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!
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.
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.
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.
Bananas are a nutritious source of manganese, potassium, Vitamins C and B6.
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- 1 cup Quick Cooking Oats
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- ⅛ 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)
- 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.