Cozy Banana Bread Oatmeal (vegan, gluten-free, wfpb)



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cozy banana bread oatmeal for breakfast!

This banana bread oatmeal is a cozy way to start your day right. You don’t need to turn on the oven enjoy this bowl and the best part is, it’s dessert for breakfast without the sugar crash. It comes together in one pot in under 15 minutes (or less), and gives you all the banana bread feels with good for ya ingredients.

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Oatmeal is one of the most versatile breakfast options because it’s healthy, affordable and easy to make. There are endless ways to customize your oats, but I’ve gotta say this banana bread oatmeal is by far my favourite. If you’ve got ripe bananas on hand, then you have to try this recipe. I mean, how good are caramelized bananas?

These banana bread oatmeal bowls are made with ingredients like bananas (duh), gluten-free rolled oats, walnuts, cinnamon, and warming spices.

the details

  • This banana bread oatmeal is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar free, whole food plant based and oil-free. It’s great for breakfast and can be made in a large batch for family meals.
  • Using ripe, spotty bananas, this oatmeal calls for no added sugar* but satisfies your sweet tooth.
  • Oats are a wonderful source of healthy carbohydrates and fiber. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and even contain a surprising amount of protein. It makes for a great source of sustained energy as it’s slowly absorbed by the body, meaning no energy or sugar crash.

secrets to success

In order to make your banana bread oatmeal gluten-free, be sure to purchase a certified gluten-free oat. Although oats are gluten-free by nature, they are prone to contamination when prepared in facilities that are not dedicated gluten-free. For some, the body can misidentify oats as a gluten protein. If you’re not able to eat oats, consider buckwheat, quinoa flakes or rice cereal as a substitute.

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The most important note about this recipe is that you must make sure your bananas are ripe! When I say ripe, I mean spotty, deep yellow and soft. Starchy green or spot-less bananas will not work effectively because they are less sweet and a lot firmer. Ripe bananas are also more easily digestible, so don’t fear the spots my friends!

If you need additional sweetener, feel free to add it as you see fit! Don’t forget the caramelized bananas will add a delicious sweetness too.

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Cozy Banana Bread Oatmeal (vegan, gluten-free, wfpb)

5 from 2 votes
Servings: 1 -2 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Healthy and delicious banana bread oatmeal perfect for an energizing breakfast. Vegan, gluten-free, oil free, wfpb, refined sugar free.


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2-1 cup non-dairy milk of choice
  • 2-3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla or 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar or maple syrup
  • optional
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • dried banana chunks


  • Place a non-stick sauce pan or frying pan over medium heat. Slice 1 banana into coins about 1/2 inch thick and place evenly on the pan. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of coconut sugar or maple syrup over banana slices, and let caramelize (about 1-2 minutes). Sugar should lightly brown and bubble, but be sure to flip coins and move around with spatula to avoid burning. You can add 1 tsp of coconut oil if desired, but it will caramelize perfectly without. Once caramelized, remove from pan and reserve on the side.
  • In the same pan, mash 1-2 ripe bananas with a spatula, then add add oats and water and bring to a boil then lower heat to medium. Stirring constantly, cook until oats are soft and tender and water is absorbed. If you'd like to adjust texture, add more water as you see fit.
  • Remove from heat and add non-dairy milk, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla and stir.
  • Serve oatmeal and top with caramelized bananas and additional chopped walnuts.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. I made this for breakfast today and it was AMAZING!! I think this is going to be my new obsession. Thank you so much for another wonderful recipe:)

    5 stars