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, refined sugar free and will be sure to impress!
This caramelized banana oatmeal is one of my all time favorite recipes, and yours too! It’s creamy, super easy to make, and tastes like dessert yet is made with simple and wholesome ingredients.
It’s completely refined sugar free but somehow tastes like you’re eating a super decadent and fancy dessert like my caramelized banana pudding, but it’s breakfast and only takes 15, maybe even 10, minutes to make. Sounds like a win!
The oatmeal itself is made on the stovetop, but don’t worry you can definitely make it in the microwave instead! Use these caramelized bananas to top off my protein overnight oats, too!
Oats: I prefer old fashioned/rolled oats but steal cut or quick oats also work. However, the cook time and method will vary. The recipe is written for old fashioned oats.
Oats are naturally gluten free, just be sure to use certified gluten free oats if you have Celiac!
Banana: When it comes to caramelizing bananas, I personally find it easier to use a banana that’s yellow. Not too ripe, but also not unripe.
If it’s too ripe it will get a bit mushy, and if it’s too green then it won’t soften properly. Right in the middle is what you’re aiming for!
Oil: 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.
I used 2 tbsp of coconut oil to caramelize the bananas, but you can probably get away with only using 1, depending on the type of pan you use. If you notice the bananas sticking at all, just add some extra oil.
Non-dairy Milk: You can sub the milk for water, but the milk helps make the oats much creamier. I usually use almond milk, but soy, oat or coconut milk all work.
Maple Syrup or Sugar: In order to caramelize the bananas, they need to come into contact with a sugar. I like using maple syrup but coconut sugar or brown sugar works well and helps brown the bananas really nicely.
Cinnamon: To help flavor the oats and because it pairs SO nicely with the caramelized bananas.
Vanilla: You can use vanilla almond milk and leave this part out. I love vanilla, so sometimes I add extra!
Toppings of choice: Obviously the bananas make a great topping for oats, but I also love some almond butter, crushed walnuts, and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon for this recipe.
Peanut butter would be amazing as well since peanut butter and banana are one of the OG food combos.
How to make banana oatmeal
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.
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 and 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.
Caramelized bananas are the best way to make oatmeal more interesting. Oats are pretty bland on their own, but I promise this recipe is chock full of flavor.
To make this recipe even more flavorful than it already is, you can mash 1/2 or 1 full banana and cook that into the oats.
It gives it almost a banana bread vibe and really takes this oatmeal to the next level. This is totally optional, the oats will still be delicious without it!
Can you prep oatmeal in advance?
You can prep the oatmeal in advance but I do not recommend preparing the bananas in advance. Once prepared, the oatmeal will keep for 3 days.
If you do prep the oatmeal in advance, it will thicken a bit as it sits in the fridge, so I suggest adding it to the stove with a splash of milk so it gets nice and creamy again.
Just heat until its warm through the center and enjoy!
Can I add protein?
Yes! If you want to make this a more protein rich meal, you can add in a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein and cook that into the oats.
You may need to add in some more milk since it will thick the oats quite a bit.
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The Best Creamy Caramelized Banana Oatmeal
by: claire cary
- 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 non dairy 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. It’s best to cut them a bit on the thicker side for this recipe.
- 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.