I love to try to make my oatmeal taste like some of my favorite treats, but without all the sugar. And I also LOVE bananas! They are such a great pre or post work out super food. So you take those two elements, and banana bread oatmeal is born! This one is a winner for sure. Super fast, simple, and sweetly delicious and healthy. 🙂
First off, if you haven’t been buying old fashioned rolled oats, I suggest making the change from instant oats. Not only do they have a better texture, but they have a lower glycemic index which means your blood sugar doesn’t spike and die so fast. I love them. 🙂 And really it’s not that much longer to cook them. It takes about 3 minutes vs 1 minute with the instant. Totally worth the extra time.
So start by putting your oats and water on to boil with a pinch of salt. While they are getting to the boiling stage, mash a very ripe banana in a bowl.
After your banana is smashed and pretty smooth, add it to your oatmeal along with the vanilla, stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chopped pecans. Stir it all until smooth.
I usually just use the same bowl that I mashed the banana in to save dishes. Spoon oatmeal into your bowl. Now, you could either have saved some pecans to sprinkle on top or you could have just added them all into the oatmeal. So if you want, sprinkle your pecans on top with another little dash of cinnamon and you are all set! I also usually pour some of my almond milk on top before I dig in. 🙂 Pair this with some egg whites and you have a very Macro Nutrient Balanced breakfast! And did I mention incredibly delicious?
- 1/2 C rolled oats
- 3/4 C water
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1 T chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1/4 t cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 t vanilla
- 1/4 t liquid stevia or to taste
- Put oats, water, and pinch of salt in a small sauce pan and turn on to medium high. While they are heating up, mash up a half ripe banana in a bowl.
- Add banana, stevia, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to the pan and stir all together.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 2-3 minutes until thick.
- Spoon into a bowl, sprinkle with a little more cinnamon. Pour almond milk on top if desired.
- Macros: Calories 252; Fat 8; Carbs 41.5; Protein 6
- Info does not include almond milk