Starting your day with a bowl of warm and fresh banana oatmeal is a nutritious way to fuel your body. This recipe delivers a powerhouse of essential nutrients and fiber, ensuring you stay full and satisfied.

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This banana oatmeal dish boasts a delicious, fluffy, and creamy texture

Studies have shown that eating whole grains (that contain high amounts of dietary fiber), like oats, reduces the risk of heart disease, colorectal cancer, and type 2 diabetes. It also helps with weight loss.

There are many ways to include oats in your diet if you don’t like to eat them plain. You can add it whole, or ground up into oat flour, in your cookies, muffins, scones, biscuits, bread, or make granola. Try my Sweet Potato Oatmeal With Pecans And Cranberries or Banana Split Oatmeal.

Have you ever considered the processing behind rolled oats and the history behind different types of oats? I recently bought steel-cut oat groats (Irish or pinhead), which I had kept putting off buying because I thought it was difficult to prepare. Although it took around 30 minutes to prepare, after soaking overnight, it was worth the experience. I also wanted to add some to my oatmeal soap for its exfoliating properties.

Different types of oats:

1. Whole oat groats are grains that have had their inedible hulls removed. They require the most time to cook, approximately 45-60 minutes.

2. Scottish Oats are produced by grinding whole groats with a stone into smaller pieces of varying sizes, leading to a creamier porridge compared to the texture of steel-cut oats. This reduces cooking time to around 20-40 minutes, compared to the 45-60 minutes required for whole oat groats. Here are some benefits of steel-cut oats.

3. Scottish Oats are made using a stone to grind the whole groats in smaller pieces of different sizes when cooked it is believed to make a creamier porridge than steel-cut.

4. Manufacturers produce Old-Fashioned Oats, also called Rolled Oats, by steaming whole oat groats, rolling them into flakes, and drying the results. The flakes have a greater surface area and therefore cook a lot faster (around 10 minutes). They tend to have a chewier texture in baked goods.

5. Manufacturers make Quick or Instant Oats by pressing rolled oats into thinner flakes than regular rolled oats.” They cook even faster than rolled oats and are mushier than rolled oats. I choose rolled oats over quick oats and usually use rolled oats instead of quick oats in most recipes because I prefer their texture

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Is Oatmeal Gluten-Free?

Yes, it is gluten-free. Oatmeal doesn’t contain gluten, however, most commercial oatmeal is processed in plants that also process wheat, barley, and rye causing cross-contamination. Purchasing certified gluten-free oatmeal is best in this case.

There are some people who react negatively to the protein avenin found in oatmeal, the same way they react to gluten, the protein found in wheat. It is best if these folks avoid oatmeal altogether.


Rolled Oats: manufacturers steamed and flattened whole oat groats into flakes, also known as old-fashioned oats or large-flake oats, which become a staple ingredient in breakfast dishes like oatmeal and granola. They also use these oats in baked goods, such as muffins and cookies.”. Rolled oats are a nutritious food, high in fiber and protein, and a good source of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and potassium. People use rolled oats in various recipes as a healthy alternative because it has low-calorie content.

Almond Milk: People make almond milk by blending ground almonds with water as a plant-based alternative to milk It has a creamy texture and a mild, nutty flavor. Almond milk is low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates and is a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as calcium and vitamin E. It is also often free of lactose, soy, and gluten, making it a suitable option for people with dietary restrictions. Alternatively, you can use cashew, soy, oat, or hemp milk. 

Flaxseeds/Chia: also known as linseeds are small, golden, or brown-colored seeds that come from the flax plant. They are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and lignans (a type of antioxidant). Including flaxseeds in your diet can help improve heart health, support digestion, and aid in weight management. Add them ground to your oatmeal. Chia seeds are small, black and white speckled seeds that come from the Salvia hispanica plant, native to Mexico and Guatemala. They are a rich source of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and various essential minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor

Mashed Banana – You can use mashed banana as a natural sweetener in your oatmeal as a healthy alternative to processed sugars and syrups. Additionally.. Additionally, mashed bananas are a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.

Maple Syrup – is not necessary but you can add a little if you have a sweet tooth.

Almond Slices – add a delicious crunch to your cereal.

Blueberries – Adding a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries adds extra antioxidants and flavor

Nut butter – add a dollop of your favorite nut butter to boost the protein content. 


How To Make Banana Oatmeal Recipe With Old Fashioned Oats

The process of creating old-fashioned oats, also known as rolled oats, involves steaming and rolling the oats.

To prepare Banana Oatmeal Recipe:

  • Combine almond milk, water, and rolled oats in a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  • Stir and reduce heat to simmer for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat, cover, and allow to sit for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in mashed banana, maple syrup, almond slices, blueberries, and a dollop of nut butter.

Other Vegan Breakfast Recipes To Try

  1. Banana Porridge
  2. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl With Berries
  3. Gluten-Free Granola
  4. Instant Pot Brown Rice Pudding
  5. Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge

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Banana oatmeal recipe

Starting your day with a bowl of warm and fresh banana oatmeal is a nutritious way to fuel your body. This recipe delivers a powerhouse of essential nutrients and fiber, ensuring you stay full and satisfied.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana oatmeal recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 293kcal


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats certified gluten-free
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 banana mashed or sliced
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 2 tbsp almond slices
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of nut butter (peanut or almond butter)


  • Combine oats, water, and milk, and bring to boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 5- 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in mashed banana, maple syrup, almond slices, blueberries, and a dollop of nut butter.
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Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 476mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 163mg | Iron: 2mg