Banana Bread Oatmeal


Banana bread meets oatmeal in this delicious and satisfying Banana Bread Oatmeal. Like a healthy hug in a bowl it is a deliciously cozy way to start a chilly morning. All the deep flavors of banana bread without any dairy or added sugar thanks to a couple strategic ingredients makes this oatmeal one satisfying crave curber! Even the easiest and tastiest banana bread will have to step aside some mornings for this 5 minute bowl of banana bread oatmeal goodness!

Makes: 2 large bowls

Active Time: 5 minutes

Inactive Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 cup roasted coconut chips or unsweetened flakes coconut(I like Trader Joe’s) or substitute unsweetened shredded coconut and toast in a pan until browned if desired.
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened chopped dried baby bananas-See recipe note for swap out option if needed) I find these dried baby bananas at Trader Joe’s and they are naturally sweet with no added sugar-this is one of the key ingredients that gives this oatmeal that added depth of banana bread flavor and amazing added texture.)
  • 1/4 cup roasted coconut cashews, chopped (I like Trader Joe’s) or substitute regular roasted cashews or macadamia nuts
  • 2/3-1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (Silk or other brand), use more or less milk spending how thick you like your oatmeal
  • 1/2 or whole fresh sliced banana, divided between bowls

Directions: 

Bring water to boil in a small pot over medium high heat. Add salt, oats, stir and lower heat to simmer. Cook oats for 5-7 minutes until oat grains have absorbed water and thickened. Turn heat off and add coconut milk and cinnamon. Pour into bowls, top with dried bananas, fresh banana slices, roasted coconut chips, coconut cashews, add more coconut milk if desired and serve.

Recipe Notes:

*The fresh and dried banana add great sweetness on their own but if you like it sweeter, coconut  sugar or a drizzle of pure maple syrup would be great in this!

*If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s or can’t get unsweetened dried baby bananas, you could try substituting with a half of an overripe banana or a couple of dates puréed in the milk before adding to the oatmeal.


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