Basic Banana Oatmeal (& Variations)

Here’s an easy one for you:


If you eat oatmeal regularly, this is simply a great one to have in your repertoire. It’s super easy, undeniably tasty, and can be made with minimal ingredients. In a desperate situation, you could prepare this with just three ingredients: water, oats, and bananas. That version might be slightly boring, but it would certainly get the job done.

And for more tips on bananas, check out this post.

Basic Banana Oatmeal (& Variations)

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 ripe or overripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) 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.
  3. Once more of the liquid has dissolved, add vanilla extract, a tiny pinch of salt, and cinnamon. Stir.
  4. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now. (See variations below.)
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).




Peanut Butter & Banana: Okay, so this is already listed as a variation of Peanut Butter Oatmeal. It’s so good, I’ll list it twice.


Banana & Chocolate Chip: Omit the cinnamon and add chocolate chips when serving.

Chocolate Banana: Replace milk with chocolate milk (like Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk) OR stir in a couple spoonfuls of cocoa powder. Omit cinnamon.

Banana, Peanut Butter, & Chocolate Chip: Omit the cinnamon, swirl in peanut butter, and add chocolate chips when serving.

Banana Raisin: Add raisins.

Banana Chai: Use chai spices or cook the oatmeal in brewed chai tea.

Jammin’ Banana: Swirl in your favorite jam when serving.


Coconut Banana: Use coconut milk for your liquid. Top with shredded coconut when serving.

Honey-Nut Banana: Add peanut butter and honey when serving.

Banana + [insert other fruit here]: Banana pairs well with several kinds of fruits, like strawberries or blueberries.

Spiced Banana: Replace cinnamon with pumpkin pie or apple pie spices (or simply use nutmeg, allspice, etc.). 1/4 a teaspoon would probably work best.

Loaded Banana Oatmeal: Can’t make up your mind? Top it with EVERYTHING.


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.

8 Responses to Basic Banana Oatmeal (& Variations)

  1. kathy says:

    Hi there! This is Kathy from Finding Vegan – can you email me your email address? Thanks so much! Wanted to feature you in a post.. k@lunchboxbunch .com

  2. Hi – just found your blog from Granola Meets Grits…..I, too, love all things oatmeal related..whether it is for breakfast, baked, regular, in breads and muffins, or in chocolate oat clusters…YUM! Glad I found your blog, and look forward to reading more.


  3. mandi forys says:

    Is one banana too much for a serving in oatmeal? :/

  4. Anonymous says:

    This oatmeal goes great with your choco-banana sauce! So tasty!

  5. Christine says:

    I love your blog! Your Basic Banana Oatmeal has become a breakfast staple. For the chocolate banana variation, how much cocoa powder would your recommend adding to get the right balance of chocolate and banana?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      For super chocolate fudginess, I usually go with a rounded tablespoon. Soo…if you want “balance,” I suppose I would recommend two teaspoons? Let me know how that works.

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