This Banana Nut Oatmeal seriously tastes so good, you almost forget that you’re eating oatmeal! Mashed banana is mixed into the oatmeal and for extra goodness chopped pecans or walnuts are added on top along with maple syrup and extra banana slices. This oatmeal bowl seriously reminds me of a warm banana bread or bread pudding. It’s definitely the best way to start your morning. It’s also super filling so it will keep you full till lunch time!
TYPES OF OATMEAL
Let’s talk about the different types of oatmeal!
- Instant (Quick) Oats. Oats that have been pre-cooked, dried and rolled very thin. They are the most processed type of oat and also the quickest type of oatmeal to cook. However they are often mushy and they don't hold their texture well. Not the best when adding fruit and toppings on top.
- Old Fashioned (Rolled) Oats. The whole grain oats are steamed and then flattened with a roller to create rolled oats. This is probably the most popular type of oatmeal because it doesn’t take long to cook and it’s great for baking.
- Steel Cut Oats. Steel cut oats are made by cutting oat groats with steel blades into coarse tiny pieces. They are thicker, chewier and less-processed than rolled oats. They do take longer to cook (about 25 minutes) but are extremely filling, digest slower and are perfect for meal prepping. These are my favorite oats for oatmeal!
HOW TO MAKE BANANA NUT OATMEAL
Full instructions are included in the recipe below, but here’s a quick overview:
Step One: Cook your preferred oatmeal in a small saucepan (I recommend steel cut oats) with a pinch of salt. Once done add a little brown sugar or maple syrup to sweeten.
Step Two: Mash a half of a banana and add to cooked oats along with brown sugar. Stir well.
Step Three: Top your oatmeal with a few more banana slices, pecans or walnuts and an extra little drizzle of maple syrup to make this a super filling and delicious breakfast recipe!
GOT AN INSTANT POT?
You can also make a bigger batch of this recipe in your Instant Pot. It's easy to do and more hands-off than the stove top method. You can make a bigger batch for a large family or it's perfect for Meal Prep! Check out the Instant Pot recipe below and just adjust your toppings accordingly!
BONUS: FREE OATMEAL GUIDE!
As an extra bonus, I am sharing a free Oatmeal Recipe Guide with tips on how to cook the perfect oatmeal, meal prepping your oatmeal and 2 additional loaded oatmeal bowl recipes. Just click the link below!