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oatmeal with almond butter, fruits, seeds, and grains sprinkled on top

Mashed Banana Oatmeal

  • Author: Caitlin Self, MS, CNS, LDN
  • Total Time: 11 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Mashed Banana Oatmeal is the easiest sugar-free "sweet" breakfast of all time. It's literally just oatmeal with mashed bananas, and although it's not even a little bit fancy, it's cheap, easy to make, and yummy! 


  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 cup instant or rolled oats (look for gluten-free oats if you're gluten-free!) 
  • 1/2 cup water (more if needed)
  • 1 cup whole milk or soy milk (or any)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2-4 Tablespoons almond butter, as desired
  • 1/2 cup berries
  • Optional: sweetener of choice, 1/4 cup additional nuts and seeds if desired (flax, pumpkin, sunflower, almond, walnuts, etc.)


  1. Slice the banana into small rounds, then toss them in a small pot with the oats, 1/2 cup water, and milk.
    1. (Milk can scorch on the bottom of the pan, so feel free to start with only the water if desired.)
  2. Bring to a very low simmer, then reduce heat, and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir often.
  3. As you stir, mash the bananas up a bit until they're well combined. Leave some chunks if desired. Add more water if necessary to continue cooking the oats to your preference.
  4. Once desired consistency is reached, remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon & vanilla. 
  5. Divide into two bowls and pile high with the hemp hearts, chia seeds, almond butter, and berries. 


I like creamy oatmeal, so I cook it over low heat until it's nice and gooey.

Nutrition label below (just an estimate) includes soy milk, blueberries, 4 Tablespoons almond butter, and does not include additional nuts or honey.

  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: banana oatmeal, easy oatmeal, mashed banana oatmeal, easy breakfast

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