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Banana Oatmeal

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings (1 ¼ cups) 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


All the flavors of banana bread featured in a warm, cozy bowl of oatmeal. This creamy banana oatmeal is the ultimate meal to start off your day!



  • 2 large ripe bananas, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, divided
  • 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • ¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • Pinch salt 
  • Pinch each nutmeg and ginger, optional
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste 
  • Chopped toasted pecans, optional


Mash 1 banana in a small bowl and slice second banana into ½-inch thick slices. 

Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a small saucepan over medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon maple syrup and cook, stirring occasionally until mixture bubbles and starts to turn dark amber brown, about 1 ½ minutes. Add mashed banana and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. 

Stir in milk, oats, cinnamon, salt, ginger and nutmeg, if using. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, 2 minutes. 

Stir in 2 tablespoons water and vanilla, cover, remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. 

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons maple syrup in a skillet over medium-high until bubbly and starting to turn golden brown. Add banana slices in a single layer, reduce heat to medium, and cook until golden brown and caramelized, about 3 minutes per side.

Divide oatmeal between 2 bowls, top with caramelized bananas, pecans, and additional maple syrup, if desired. 


  • Serving Size: ½ recipe
  • Calories: 417
  • Sugar: 38g
  • Sodium: 85mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 63g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg

Keywords: Banana Oatmeal, Banana bread oatmeal, almond milk oatmeal