Banana Caramel Walnut Oatmeal

I actually made this recipe once before, but with pecans. It didn’t get posted. You know why it didn’t get posted? Because my cat jumped on top of the table and knocked down all my props for the photoshoot, as well as the oatmeal itself, shattering the mason jar and spilling gooey oatmeal all over the floor. #ThanksTipsy

Banana Caramel Walnut Oatmeal #OatmealArtist #vegan

I guess I was super bitter about it because I had no desire to remake it and do it all over again. Until now!

Recently, I was with my vegan friends at Little Choc Apothecary, which is an all-vegan crêperie in Williamsburg (Brooklyn). As you can see from this picture I took over a year ago, it’s THE REAL DEAL.

Anyway, at this recent get-together, a friend ordered a sweet crêpe with bananas, caramel sauce (vegan!!), and walnuts. She insisted that we all try it because it was so gosh darn amazing, and I must say, she was right. It only took me three seconds for my brain to jump to oatmeal. 🙂

Banana Caramel Walnut Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist #vegan

As with all of my caramel recipes, it’s important for you to find a caramel sauce you enjoy. Unpleasant caramel leads to unpleasant oatmeal. I use a caramel-flavored agave sauce that I found on Amazon. Truthfully, I don’t love it, but for convenience’s sake, it’s a decent option. You can also make your own (google “date caramel” or “coconut milk caramel,” for example). If you’re not vegan, you obviously have a wealth of easier options to choose from.

Banana Caramel Walnut Oatmeal by the #OatmealArtist #vegan

As I said before, originally I created this with pecans. That was great. But I must say, the walnuts are even better. So in a way, Tipsy did me a favor by putting that recipe on hold until I had the walnut idea. Soooo… #ThanksTipsy

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Banana Caramel Walnut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats (I used BetterOats)
  • 1 ripe or overripe banana
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • caramel sauce, for topping (I used a vegan caramel-flavored agave)
  • handful of walnuts, for topping (whole, halved, or chopped--it's up to you)

How to make it:

  1. Bring liquid to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now. I recommend flax.)
  2. Mash up banana and add to the oatmeal. Stir. Let cook for a few minutes, continuing to stir occasionally.
  3. After a couple minutes, stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a handful of walnuts, and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

5 Responses to Banana Caramel Walnut Oatmeal

  1. A says:

    This is a super easy caramel sauce from my aunt: Mix 4 parts (by weight) grassfed butter and sucanat/coconut sugar and 1 part molasses on med heat until liquidy. Increase heat to medium high and cook till temp is 220F. I’ve used it on banana muffins and it’s the best thing ever!

  2. What a mess! At least it turned out for the best though it seems lol.

  3. Sorry to laugh at your blessing in disguise but that is hilarious!! XD As a cat-mom, I can relate. Not too mention cats will be proud of their mischief. Tipsy should be proud this time around because this oatmeal looks beyond delicious! Would it be okay to use a banana based began caramel or would it be banana overkill (if that’s not a myth)?

  4. Cassie says:

    Oh my gosh, if my dog ever knocked something down that I made and worked so hard on, I would be SO angry with her and I wouldn’t talk to her for a day. Maybe even a week. Who knows. Anyways, it’s great that you got to make it again–it still looks amazing! AND, I’ve always wanted to visit Little Choc Apothecary too, and I was really upset that I didn’t get a chance to go there last time I was in NYC! Definitely still on my bucket list.

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