This creamy banana oatmeal is a healthy breakfast dish that is quick and easy to make. It hardly takes 5 minutes to make this quick & simple banana oatmeal.
This is one of the healthiest breakfasts on this earth I would say. I just love this super creamy, delicious banana oatmeal. Oats are one of the best protein-rich, fiber-rich food. In addition to that, it is such a quick dish, only 5 minutes is enough with zero preparation time.
This is my favorite breakfast recipe and mostly my dinner also. Especially when I used to be on my detox diet. Read my weight loss journey and this creamy oatmeal (without any sweetener) was my savior. (And I had lost around 20kg in 6 months). It helps in proper food digestion and helps to lose belly fat also.
Oats as a superfood – Nutrition & Benefits
Oats are whole grains and thus one of the healthiest food for our body and mind. This is a powerhouse of protein, fiber. It’s rich in antioxidants. This is extremely beneficial if you are on a weight loss diet. This is a low-calorie nutrient-dense food. Oats are gluten-free whole grains. So if you are gluten-sensitive, this is one of the reliable grain for you.
Why should you include oats in your daily diet?
- This is high in protein which keeps you full for longer and gives satiety.
- Helps in healthy weight loss.
- Good source of carb and fiber. Fiber helps relieve constipation.
- It’s rich in other vitamins (B1, B5), minerals (Manganese, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Folate, etc), and antioxidant plant compounds.
- The anti-oxidants present helps in lowering blood pressure.
- This has anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties.
- It has a large amount of beta-glucan, the soluble fiber which keeps the gut healthy.
- Increases the growth of good bacteria in the gut and keeps it healthy.
- It improves insulin sensitivity and lowers the blood sugar level.
These are enough to keep us motivated to include this in our daily diet. And this is one of the quickest oats dish you can ever make.
Is oatmeal with banana healthy?
Yes adding banana to the oatmeal not only enhances the taste but it also has added nutrition from banana. By adding banana to oatmeal we give a boost to potassium, magnesium, niacin, folate, vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin B6. Both oats and banana are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber. So it’s one of the best combinations to cure constipation by maintaining bowel health proper.
Is this good for weight loss?
Yes, this is excellent for weight loss as well. Just remove the sweetener like sugar from this. A ripe banana has natural sweetness also. So you may skip refined sugar. You may add honey or maple syrup ( for your vegan banana oatmeal). The high protein content keeps us full for longer and stops us from eating frequently. This helps in reducing weight and belly fat.
Is it safe to eat oatmeal everyday?
Yes, it is safe to eat oatmeal every day but keep a check on the sweetener you add to your creamy oatmeal. You can also make some savory oatmeal if you are bored with this sweet item.
Can I make this banana oatmeal overnight?
Though this is a quick 5 minutes recipe, you can make your overnight oatmeal with banana. Add some greek yogurt for your creamy overnight oatmeal.
Can I make this oatmeal vegan?
Absolutely. For vegan creamy oatmeal, take almond milk or oat milk for the best. I have not tried this with coconut milk yet. You can give it a try.
How to make creamy banana oatmeal in 3 ways?
Creamy oatmeal with banana is not only healthy but also an easy and quick recipe that may not take more than 5 minutes in the instant pot or stovetop method. You can also make it in a microwave oven in less than 5 minutes.
In case you wish to make a baked version, please refer to my baked oatmeal recipe.
Instant pot creamy banana oatmeal
Put the instant pot in saute mode. Saute 2 cups oats for 1 – 2 minutes. No need to brown them. Add in mashed banana, 1.5 cups milk of choice, and 1/2 cup water. Add a pinch of cinnamon powder, pinch of kosher salt. If you are adding sugar, add at this stage. Close the lid and cook on high flame for 3 minutes. Then quick release the pressure.
Stovetop method of oatmeal
Heat a pan (saucepan preferably). Saute oatmeal for 1 minute. Pour in the milk and water (if required) into it. Simmer on low heat for 2 minutes. Add in pureed or mashed bananas into it. Then add cinnamon powder, and sweetener (sugar/ honey/ maple syrup) and stir in. In 1 minute, remove it from heat. Top it with some more chopped banana and almonds. (you can change your toppings as per choice)
Topping Ideas for creamy oatmeal with banana
Chocolate syrup:- Add 1 – 2 tbsp chocolate syrup or just a tbsp of nutella will do that chocolaty magic. Kids will love it.
Extra Honey/ Maple Syrup:- Drizzle some extra spoonful of honey or maple on top of your bowl of creamy banana oatmeal.
Chopped Almonds/ Walnuts/ Raisins:- Add in slivered almonds or walnuts or raisins into it.
Fresh Fruits/ Berries:- Add some chopped fresh fruits and berries to the bowl of your oatmeal.
Nutty Butter:- Peanut butter, almond butter
Roasted Seeds:- Sprinkle some roasted pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, or any of the seeds of your choice.
Recipe Card for Creamy Banana Oatmeal
Creamy Banana Oatmeal
- Spoon or Wired Whisk
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 tbsp honey (or 2 – 3 tbsp sugar/ brown sugar/ maple syrup)
- 1 cup pureed banana (appx 2 bananas mashed)
- 2 tbsp almonds slivered
- 1 Ripe Banana sliced
- Heat a pan.
- Saute the oats for 1 minute.
- Pour in the milk into the pan.
- Add in pureed banana, cinnamon powder, honey to the pan.
- Simmer for 3 minutes on low heat.
- Keep stirring occasionally.
- Cook till it's cooked creamy.
- Remove from heat. Add toppings of choice.
- If it looks drier, add in 1/2 cup milk and give it a nice stir.
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