This caramelized banana oatmeal is creamy, delicious, and only takes about 15 minutes to make. Just the thought of this is enough to get me out of bed in the morning!!
What’s your favorite breakfast? I’m a sucker for a good blueberry avocado smoothie when the weather warms up, but oatmeal is my go-to on colder fall and winter days. This caramelized banana oatmeal is one of my all time favorite recipes. It’s creamy, super easy to make, and tastes like dessert but is made with simple & wholesome ingredients.
How do you make caramelized bananas?
If I had known how easy it was to caramelize bananas, I would have been doing it years ago! They’re so good and can take a boring bowl of oatmeal and make it a million times better. Trust me, they’re amazing. Follow these simple steps to make the perfect golden brown caramelized bananas:
- Add a touch of refined coconut oil to a pan and let it melt over low-medium heat.
- Add in the maple syrup and sliced bananas
- Cook on each side for about 5-10 minutes. They will start to smell nice and sweet and become a golden brown color.
That’s it! Making caramelized bananas is SO simple and doesn’t require any refined sugar. You can also have them as dessert with some coconut whipped cream, on top of pancakes, or with oatmeal like this recipe. YUM. One thing I should note is that I do recommend using refined coconut oil for this recipe if you don’t want there to be any coconuty flavor.
Is it ok to eat oatmeal every day?
I’m big on versatility when it comes to food and diet! It’s important to mix up what you’re eating on a day to day basis to ensure you get a variety of vitamins and minerals, but oatmeal is a nutritious food that can definitely be included in your daily diet. Oats contain a variety of minerals including iron, zinc, and manganese, and contain soluble fiber to support healthy digestion (source).
How to make oatmeal
There are a variety of ways you can make oatmeal, but I found this method to be the easiest and yields super creamy oatmeal every time. These instructions are for rolled oats A.K.A. old fashioned oats. If you use quick oats or steel cut oats, the steps will differ.
- Add your dry oats to a medium sauce pan.
- Use a 1:2 ratio of oats to liquid, I suggest using some kind of non-dairy milk for creamy oats, but you can use water if desired.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer.
- At this point, I like to add whatever flavor I’m using. For this recipe, you’ll need cinnamon, vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt.
- Let the mixture cook until all the liquid has been absorbed and it reaches your desired consistency. This usually takes about 5-7 minutes.
- If you want an extra sweet oatmeal, you can top it off with maple syrup.
For more gluten free breakfast recipes, try these!
- Mashed Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl
- Shockingly Healthy Baked Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal
- 5 Minute PB & J Overnight Oats Recipe
- Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes
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This easy and creamy caramelized banana oatmeal is my all time favorite breakfast recipe!
- Add the oats and plant milk or water to a pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low, add cinnamon, sea salt, and vanilla and let simmer until thickened.
- While the oatmeal is cooking, add the coconut oil and maple syrup to a large saute pan. Once it is sizzling, add in the sliced bananas.
- Cook on each side for about 5 minutes, or until nice and golden brown.
- When the oatmeal is done, top with the caramelized bananas and additional maple syrup if desired.
- Top with an extra pinch of cinnamon, crushed walnuts, pecans, or nut butter and enjoy.
I used 2 tbsp of coconut oil to caramelize the bananas, but you can probably get away with only using 1.
Refined coconut oil, unlike unrefined coconut oil, won’t have any coconut taste, so I prefer that in this recipe.
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