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! It’s vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free.
What’s your favorite breakfast? I’m a sucker for a good blueberry avocado smoothie when the weather warms up, but oatmeal and sweet potato breakfast bowls are my go-tos 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 yet is made with simple and 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 1-2 tablespoons of refined coconut oil to a pan and let it melt over low-medium heat.
- Add in the maple syrup once it is sizzling add the sliced bananas.
- Cook the bananas 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.
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).
Tips & tricks on this caramelized banana oatmeal
- I suggest using refined coconut oil for this recipe to make sure there is no coconut taste. If you don’t have it, regular coconut oil is fine.
- You can prep the oatmeal in advance but I do not recommend preparing the bananas in advance.
- This oatmeal is delicious with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and some crushed walnuts for healthy fats.
- You can use coconut sugar or maple sugar in place of the maple syrup. I have not tried this recipe with honey, but I imagine it would work well.
- Be sure to use certified gluten free oats if you are gluten free. While oats are naturally gluten free, they are often contaminated with gluten during the manufacturing process, so be mindful of this if you have gluten issues.
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!
For the oatmeal:
- 1 cup rolled/old fashioned oats
- 2 cups non-dairy milk or water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
For the bananas:
- 2 bananas, sliced into disks
- 1–2 tbsp refined coconut oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (plus more for topping, if desired)
- 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.
You can use maple sugar or coconut sugar in place of the maple syrup.
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