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Banana Oatmeal Recipe

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5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yield 2 servings (1 ¼ cups)
Category Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Lauren


This creamy banana oatmeal topped off with caramelized banana slices is the ultimate healthy breakfast or brunch.


  • 2 large ripe bananas, divided
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, divided
  • 1 cup whole milk, or non-dairy milk of choice
  • ¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch each nutmeg and ginger, optional
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Chopped toasted pecans or walnuts, optional
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Heavy cream or milk
  • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon


  • Mash 1 banana in a small bowl.
  • Slice 1 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 1 cup milk, ¾ cup oats, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, pinch salt, and pinch ginger and nutmeg, if using. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, 2 minutes. 
  • Stir in 2 tablespoons water and ½ teaspoon 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 and top with caramelized bananas.
  • Top bowls with desired toppings such as toasted and chopped nuts, additional maple syrup, a splash of cream or milk and flaky sea salt.



The oatmeal itself can be made up to 2 days in advance. Store the cooked oatmeal in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Reheat in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes or reheat over medium-low on the stove top. You may need additional milk or water to thin.
You can easily double the recipe if you're planning to serve more than 2.


Calories: 417kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 6gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 85mgFiber: 6gSugar: 38g
Keywords almond milk oatmeal, Banana bread oatmeal, Banana Oatmeal
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