How To Make Banana Oatmeal


So you want to learn how to make banana oatmeal? You’re in the right place. We will cover a variety of topics to teach you how to make the perfect bowl of oatmeal using only bananas.

Do you like Banana Oatmeal… but are worried about the fat and cholesterol? If so, this is for you. Not only will you learn how to make banana oatmeal, but I’ll also teach you how to reduce the fat and cholesterol using healthier ingredients.


Cooking stovetop oatmeal with mashed banana is a recipe for the creamiest, coziest oatmeal ever. To make this amazing, simple creamy banana oatmeal, all you need is an extra ripe, spotty banana, rolled oats, cinnamon, chia seeds, water and almond milk.

Easy Creamy Banana Oatmeal Recipe - Running on Real Food


  1. Rolled oats. For stovetop oatmeal, rolled oats, old fashioned oats or large flake oats make for the fluffiest, creamiest texture.
  2. Extra ripe banana. A ripe spotty banana is perfect for this recipe and adds all the natural sweetness you’ll need.
  3. Chia seeds or ground flax. You can use either 1 tbsp of chia seeds or 1 tbsp of ground flax to help thicken the oats and add some extra nutrition.
  4.  Sea salt and cinnamon. These ingredients are optional but I love the flavour they add. Use either or both to enhance the flavour of the oats and banana.
  5. Water and milk. For the cooking liquid for this recipe I used half water and half almond milk. I like the added milk for extra creaminess but you can just use water if you’re out of milk. Any combination of the two works, for example 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup milk. You can use any other plant milk in place of almond milk. For extra, extra creamy oats, try canned light coconut milk!
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Ingredients for Creamy Banana Oatmeal - Running on Real Food
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To make this easy oatmeal, just add everything to a pot and heat it up, mashing the banana as it cooks, until you have a thick and creamy bowl of oats. There’s no need for additional sweetener as the ripe banana does the trick. Once cooked, scoop it into a bowl and enjoy as is or with toppings like walnuts and almond butter.

This recipe is vegan, high in fibre, gluten-free (use GF-certified oats if needed) and has no added sugar as it’s naturally sweetened by the banana. To make an ideal carbohydrate and protein-rich, post-workout breakfast, try adding 1/2 a scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder.

Thick and Creamy Stovetop Banana Oatmeal Recipe - Running on Real Food

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

This peanut butter banana oatmeal is creamy, voluminous and will keep you full all morning long! Plus, it only takes about 10 minutes to make and is vegan + gluten-free.

Now that I’ve shared how to make oatmeal, I have to share my favorite oatmeal recipe ever… peanut butter banana oatmeal.

Peanut butter and banana is one of the best combos so it makes sense that this peanut butter banana oatmeal is sooo good. If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast recipe to add to your rotation, this would be a great recipe to try. Each bowl has around 370 calories, 17 grams of fiber (woot!), and 11 grams of protein!

Bowl of oatmeal with chopped bananas and drizzled peanut butter on top. Gold spoon sticking out of the oatmeal. Cutting board with chopped banana out of focus in the background.

How to Make Voluminous Oats

As a volume eater I love being able to eat a big bowl of something while still feeing good about it. That why I love salads so much!

Oatmeal is a volume eater’s best friend… especially when made with extra water and pumped up with bananas and chia seeds! The trick is using double the amount of liquid typically recommended. Most old fashioned oatmeal packages recommend a 1:2 ratio so 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup of water, but when I make oatmeal I do 1/2 cup oats and 1 1/2 – 2 cups of water (or non-diary milk). The oats take a little bit longer to cook, but they easily soak up all the liquid resulting in a much larger portion.

With this recipe, the banana and chia seeds help too. The banana slices add sweetness, but they also soften and expand making the oats extra voluminous while the chia seeds pack in a ton of nutrition and make the oats fluffy and thick. The key is making sure you stir the oats while cooking so the banana slices break down and the chia seeds get even distributed rather than clumping in one spot. No one likes clumps of chia.

And let’s not forget the peanut butter topping! It may not add a ton of volume but it gives the oats a delicious nutty flavor and a boost of healthy fat and protein, which will help keep you full through a busy morning. My trick for making it super drizzly? Add 1/2 teaspoon melted coconut oil to 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter and stir to combine. The peanut butter will thin and you can get your drizzle on.

Ingredients Needed

  • rolled oats  old fashioned rolled oats are best for this recipe. If you have steel cut oats, try my recipe for steel cut oatmeal.
  • banana – the banana slices almost melt into the oats giving them a fluffy texture and a subtle sweetness.
  • cinnamon – I love adding cinnamon to my oats for a touch of warmth and sweetness without any sugar.
  • sea salt – just to bring out all the flavors in the oatmeal.
  • water – you can also use non-dairy milk (like almond milk) or a blend of both milk and water.
  • peanut butter – I personally love the taste of peanut butter but any nut or seed butter will work.
Bowl of oatmeal with chopped bananas and drizzled peanut butter on top.

How to Make Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

Making this peanut butter banana oatmeal is a breeze.

Start by adding your oats, banana slices, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt to a pot. Add water and stir to combine.

Collage of four photos of the process of making banana chia oatmeal. 1. Pot with water and oats. 2. Added cinnamon and banana. 3. Added chia seeds. 4. Oatmeal is cooked in the pot.

Heat over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Be sure to stir the oats several times while cooking to make sure the banana slices melt into the oats and the chia seeds don’t clump. You’ll know the oatmeal is done when all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are thick and fluffy.

Portion oats into two bowls and serve with peanut butter, banana slices, and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Add a splash of non-dairy milk and/or maple syrup on top before serving, if desired.

Bowl of oatmeal with chopped bananas arranged on one side of a bowl, peanut butter drizzled on top and a gold spoon sticking out of the bowl.

Easy Banana Oatmeal

This banana oatmeal is creamy and lightly sweet, with the best banana flavor! It’s a healthy breakfast that’s fast and easy to whip up.

Banana oatmeal

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Looking to mix up your mornings? Try this creamy Banana Oatmeal! Adding banana to your morning oats adds a little natural sweetness and creamy texture. Here it’s offset with warm spices and vanilla to make a cozy and easy breakfast. We’re always looking for ways to mix up our daily oatmeal intake: peanut butter oatmeal, baked oatmeal, overnight oats. This one is a fun variation that’s perfect to fit into the rotation. Here’s how to make it!

Ingredients for banana oatmeal

This banana oatmeal is a fast version of our Banana Baked Oatmeal, one of our fan favorite recipes. But instead of taking 1 hour to make, it’s less than 10 minutes! Most of the ingredients are pantry staples that are easy to have on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter or coconut oil, for toasting the oats
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats (do not use instant oats or steel cut oats)
  • Ripe bananas
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon and cloves (or allspice)
  • Vanilla
  • Water
Banana Oatmeal recipe

How to make banana oatmeal: toasted and chewy!

No gloppy or soggy oatmeal here! This method makes oats with a chewy texture and a slightly nutty, toasted flavor. It’s a little different from your standard bowl of creamy oats: and a lot more delicious! Here’s how to make the best pot of banana oatmeal:

  • Toast the oats in butter or coconut oil until fragrant. It takes just a minute or two, but it makes a big difference.
  • Add liquid and cook on low without stirring. This easy method makes the oats chewy with separate grains, instead of a gooey mess.
  • If you like it creamier, add milk at the end. Add as much milk as you like to get to a creamier texture to these oats.

Variation: banana baked oatmeal

This banana oatmeal is a quick and easy version for weekday mornings. But want to make a showy version for brunch with the same flavors? Try our baked oatmeal! It’s one of our favorites because it’s packed with cozy flavor. Don’t forget the nut butter topping: it really makes the recipe! 

Banana baked oatmeal

Oatmeal toppings

Once you’ve got a cozy bowl of banana oatmeal, top it to your heart’s content! It makes for a healthy breakfast idea that’s also gluten free. Our favorite topping for oats is nut butter, to add even more protein and make it beautifully filling. Here are some ideas:

  • Nut butter: Try peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter or pecan butter: all delicious.
  • Honey or maple syrup: The banana adds a good amount of sweetness: but you can add a light drizzle of maple to amp the flavors a bit.
  • Banana slices: Of course! Save out a bit of one banana to have a few slices
  • Fruit sauce: Try a swirl of our Raspberry Sauce or Blueberry Sauce.
  • Pepitas or chia seeds: Top with pumpkin seeds or chia seeds
  • Bee pollen: Also adds a nice crunch and confetti look

Storage info

This banana oatmeal is best fresh: but you can also refrigerate any leftovers! Store them refrigerated for up to 3 days. When you are ready to eat, it’s nice to reheat them and swirl in just a little milk (dairy or non-dairy) to loosen up the texture. You can reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

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