Thin Mints Oatmeal

[This post has been updated with new photos on 8/28/2015.]

My friends, let me tell you the story of how Thin Mints Oatmeal came to be…

Thin Mints Oatmeal

I have a love-hate relationship with bananas. In general, I kind of hate them. I rarely eat them plain; their taste and texture make me gag a little if I’m not in the right mood. On the other hand, they are just wonderful. They are a natural sweetener, super cheap, and versatile. I can put them in sandwiches, smoothies, oatmeal, or baked goods, which is why–despite my on-and-off hatred of them–I almost always have some on the counter.

Few things make me as happy as this sight when I walk into HyVee.

I had one banana left on the counter, and it was looking pretty sad and close to death. I was much more in the mood for apple cinnamon, but that banana demanded my attention, and soon. Begrudgingly, I began cooking the oats and mashing the banana.

Thin Mints Oatmeal #vegan #oatmealartist

But then I had the idea: mint chocolate chip, one of my favorite flavor combinations. But how does a banana fit into the equation? Just like I used it for my lemon poppy seed oatmeal, the banana sweetens the oatmeal, and it also bulks it up both literally and nutritionally! Because of the strength of peppermint oil, you most definitely will not taste the banana. Which is exactly what I wanted that day. No banana.

Thin Mints Oatmeal #vegan

And then I took my first bite. BLISS. PURE BLISS. Instantly, I thought of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, and the nostalgia kicked in. Since that day, Thin Mints Oatmeal has been one of my absolutely favorite recipes.

Thin Mints Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist

Thin Mints Oatmeal

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 regular rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint oil or extract
  • 4-5 tsp of cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of semisweet or dark chocolate chips (optional)

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.
  2. Mash up the banana thoroughly (until NO chunks are left). If you don't mash it enough, you'll end up getting tastes of banana during your mint chocolate chip experience, which is not ideal. Once it's all perfectly mashed, add to the pot.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add peppermint oil, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir, and watch your oatmeal transform into fudgy goodness.
  4. If you'd like to add any additional ingredients (coconut oil, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  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 sprinkle some chocolate chips (or carob chips) on top. If you have fresh peppermint, use a peppermint leaf for garnish! πŸ™‚

Thin Mints Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist #vegan

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.

19 Responses to Thin Mints Oatmeal

  1. Daphne says:

    I never thought about using banana to sweeten the oatmeal! I usually use honey. I add cocoa powder to my kids oatmeal and if I have any, some mint chocolate chips. The love it!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love your site! Great recipes!!! I tried banana oatmeal and it was amazing! I have never known when exactly to add mix ins before. Thank you, Lauren!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I was trying to follow you on Pinterest, but the link you provided took me to a different Lauren:(

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Woops! Pinterest recently made me change my username (apparently the “_” symbol is not allowed??), so you can find me at lauren015. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!

  4. Betsy says:

    I love this website! I was actually able to recommend it to a friend who has some serious diet restrictions and she loves it πŸ™‚ I have only tried a couple of your recipes, but I really look forward to trying more!

  5. A D says:

    Instead of mint oil, would it work if i boiled fresh mint in the water before adding the oatmeal? Thx! πŸ™‚ love ur recipes btw!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Can you put this in a mason jar in the Fridge overnight or does it need to be eaten immediately?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Yep! Check out this post:

      To be fair, some people have trouble getting the banana to “hide” all the way in the overnight version. Make sure you mash it very carefully! If you’re really concerned about it, you could blend all the ingredients except the oats first, and then combine the oats with the blended mixture in the mason jar!

  7. kelsnsher says:

    First time I tried the mashed banana in the cooked oatmeal, not a huge fan but the thin mint flavor was to die for! I’m slowly making my way through all your recipes!!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Could you taste the banana, or was it the texture that threw you off? I’ve never been able to taste the banana in this recipe. I must be using a stronger mint extract than you?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just made this after a long work-out. Didn’t have any chocolate chips around the house but that didn’t matter. It tasted so good! I felt like I was having girl guide cookies except without any guilt. I can’t wait to make this again soon!

  9. JewTomMommy says:

    I’ve been following you for a while, following some recipes exactly and modifying others to my taste. I decided to convert this one to a baked oatmeal (didn’t see a baked one on your list), and I used your other baked oatmeal recipes as a guide. I did add honey to this as I only had 1/2 a banana for it. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  10. Christine says:

    I’ve made this twice, but for some reason, it just didn’t do it for me. The oatmeal tasted vaguely like toothpaste. I used McCormick Peppermint Extract. Should I have used a different kind?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Do you like Thin Mint cookies? Because when I make this, it tastes exactly like them. However, I have a friend who hates those cookies because she thinks they taste like toothpaste. It might just be your personal taste preferences. However, I often use Simply Organic peppermint flavor or Frontier. I have never used McCormick’s Peppermint Extract (although I use their brand for vanilla and almond extract).

  11. Christine says:

    Hmmm…maybe it’s just my personal preference. I’m a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, but Thin Mints were never my favorite cookie. I like them all right, but prefer Trefoils (shortbread) or Do-Si-Dos (oatmeal peanut butter sandwich cookies).

  12. Mariyah says:

    I have noticed that bananas are a common ingredient in most of your oatmeal recipes but I am unfortunately allergic. Is there anything I could substitute to get the same effect? Thank you!

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