Banana Bread Oatmeal

by Khushboo on March 2, 2015

Good morning…or afternoon if you’re on this side of the pond!  My former greeting seems to be a tad bit more appropriate given the subject of this post: Banana Bread Oatmeal

Banana Bread Oatmeal

I mentioned it was the start of swimming season in Mumbai last week, but clearly I spoke too soon.  It started raining on Saturday which is so uncharacteristic for India this time of the year.  As a result it’s been freezing over here.  Okay not so much freezing as in “I don’t care how ugly they are, but I need to wear my Uggs” but more like “Let’s just watch movies & eat comfort food all day” kinda freezing.  This sudden change in weather had me craving only one breakfast when I woke up yesterday morning: a cozy bowl of stovetop oatmeal. 

Banana Bread Oatmeal with almonds

It had been a long while since I cooked oatmeal & I forgot how much I enjoyed it.  It’s definitely back on my breakfast rota, at least at least until the weather heats up again.  I went with my no-fail cooking method that always yields a creamy bowl of oatmeal that tastes like banana bread & packs in so much nutrition – it’s pretty much outta control ;).  If you guys haven’t tried adding chia seeds to your oatmeal, starting doing so NOW!  Those anti-inflammatory lil suckers add so much volume & creaminess.  Although egg whites in oatmeal might sound weird at first, they are a killer oatmeal addition.  Along with amping up the protein content, egg whites help create so much fluffiness!  Consider this bowl of Banana Bread Oatmeal as your blank canvas & go crazy with the toppings- I rolled with more banana slices & toasted almond flakes yesterday

Banana Bread Oatmeal bite

Now for the recipe:

Banana Bread Oatmeal
Serves 1
This is a cozy bowl of oatmeal that tastes like banana bread & packed with so much nutrition.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
8 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
6 min
Total Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup quick-cooking oats
  2. ½ ripe banana, thinly sliced
  3. 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  4. 1/3 cup milk – I used unsweetened almond milk
  5. 1/3 cup water
  6. 2 egg whites
  7. Handful of raisins – optional
  8. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  9. 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1/8 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the egg whites in a saucepan & cook over low heat.
  2. Stir occasionally for 3-4 minutes, or until the oats have absorbed most of the liquid.
  3. Pour in the egg whites & cook for another 2 minutes until the mixture is fluffy and egg whites are fully incorporated.
  4. Turn off heat & transfer oatmeal to a bowl. Add your choice of toppings & dig in.
Notes
  1. i) For a gluten-free alternative, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
  2. ii) For a runnier bowl oats, increase the amount of liquid
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Arman @ thebigmansworld March 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Urgh, now I’m craving oatmeal. After dinner.

I stupidly crave COLD food when the weather is cold. Anything with chocolate or tasting like cake batter = my kind of oatmeal.

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Khushboo March 3, 2015 at 11:00 am

Mmm cake batter oatmeal- need!

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Shashi @ RunninSrilankan March 2, 2015 at 3:31 pm

I’ve been eating oatmeal like it’s my job! It has been such a cold winter that oatmeal has been my go to breakfast Monday-Friday – of course, my toppings are peanut butter and chocolate 😉
I so gotta try your version -I add chia seeds to mine – but only as a topping – so intrigued by this version where its all cooked together! Thanks for sharing lady and Happy Monday – hope the sun comes out soon!

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Khushboo March 3, 2015 at 11:02 am

Ohh you must try adding chia seeds while cooking- you will be obsessed!

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Letizia@thefitlabel March 2, 2015 at 4:09 pm

I LOVE oatmeal and it’s definitely my go-to breakfast when it’s cold outside. Lately I have been loving cottage cheese in my oats, but bananas, chocolate protein powder and canned pumpkin are also really good. The most important far for me is the topping though: always nut butter!

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Khushboo March 3, 2015 at 11:02 am

I need to try adding protein powder to my oatmeal – do you had it during cooking or stir it in after it’s cooked?

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letizia@thefitlabel March 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm

To avoid clumping, I usually add the protein powder after cooking. Sometimes I mix it with a bit of water before stirring it in. Some protein powders mix better than others though!

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Khushboo March 4, 2015 at 11:53 am

Thanks Letizia- will give it a shot & let you know how it goes :)!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. March 2, 2015 at 6:04 pm

My body is completely confused when it comes to breakfast foods. I was eating oatmeal in the summer, and then I started drinking smoothies when the weather turned nasty 😆 Ahhh well. Bananas and egg whites are probably two of my favourite additions to oats, though. Oh! And coconut flour, too. I’m completely smitten with how doughy it makes them. Aaaand now you’ve given me an oat craving 😛

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Khushboo March 3, 2015 at 11:03 am

How much coconut flour do you add to a bowl of oatmeal? I have some in my pantry so will definitely try it out

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig March 2, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I’ve been having oatmeal once a week and loving the treat (any more than once a week and my stomach hates me!). I have it with fruit and honey, brown sugar or Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Mmmm.

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Khushboo March 3, 2015 at 11:03 am

Ohh Tara- I forgot about that peanut butter…SO freakin’ good!

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Parita @ myinnershakti March 3, 2015 at 8:27 am

Love love love adding an egg to my oatmeal. My favorite way to eat oatmeal is with banana, chia seeds, walnuts, chocolate chips, and PB. Pretty much dessert in a bowl!

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Khushboo March 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

Mmmm sign me up for a bowl of that!!

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GiGi Eats March 3, 2015 at 11:59 am

I have NEVER had banana bread before in my LIFE but my old roommate made like 10 loaves one day, so funny! Banana bread for DAYYYSSSS, no MONTHS! I even gave a loaf to the cable guy! ha ha ha ah!

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Khushboo March 4, 2015 at 11:50 am

Whaaaat! Gigi- change that now…banana bread is only the best thing ever!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 3, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Mmmm, banana bread. Always a winning combination.

I like how you approached the rain. It’s much like I approached the snow and cold.

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Khushboo March 4, 2015 at 11:53 am

Positive thinking = positive life 🙂

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Louise Letsome March 3, 2015 at 6:57 pm

This sounds and looks amazing, will definitely have to try this out! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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Khushboo March 4, 2015 at 11:53 am

Hope you enjoy it, Louise :)!

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen March 4, 2015 at 5:17 am

This is almost exactly how I make my banana oatmeal too! Except lately I haven’t been adding the banana in while cooking – I’ve been liking it added in after. Also almond butter on top is always a must. 😉

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Khushboo March 4, 2015 at 11:54 am

Try adding the banana in during cooking- the caramelised flavour is fab!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm

The weather is crazy in the States too… I had to have oatmeal yesterday morning too. But I’m in a hotel so it was with banana protein powder and not this deliciousness.

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Khushboo March 6, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Hope you weren’t caught in any of the snow storms during your road trip, Laura!

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