Banana Oatmeal


Banana Oatmeal –  Don’t throw out that last unwanted overripe banana!  You see it sitting there that last straggling spotted banana, but what do you do with it?  There’s not enough for banana bread or cupcakes and it’s way too ripe and soft to simply eat on it’s own.  I don’t know how many times I’ve been in this situation and have sadly just tossed the last straggler out because I can’t find a purpose for it.

I’ve even tried freezing that last random banana laying around but I never really end up using it.  I just end up with those dark, strangely colored bananas lounging around my freezer and there so unappealing I’ve never dared actually use them =) and end up tossing them out anyway.

So, I was sitting there one day tired of wasting so many good, prime bananas I decided I needed to find a use for them.  Something with a similar, soft texture that would be enhanced by the delicious flavor of bananas.  Here it is, utterly amazing banana oatmeal.

One of the best bowls of oatmeal you will ever eat!  And what a perfect way start your year off right with this healthy, antioxidant and nutrition packed oatmeal.  I love when I can make something I feel great about eating that actually tastes amazing, not like a flavorless piece of cardboard that I have to talk myself into eating because it’s “good for me.”

I even feel okay about throwing in the small bit of butter or cream because the fat will help a body absorb more nutrients, right =)?  Have a great new year everyone and start your year of right with this banana oatmeal, something healthy AND delicious.  It doesn’t have to taste like old socks to to healthy and taste delicious =).

You may also like to try Blueberries and Cream Oatmeal.

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Banana Oatmeal

One of my favorite ways to make oatmeal and a great way to use up bananas. If you don't like it very sweet you won't even need to add any sugar.

Servings: 2
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 overripe mashed banana
  • 1-3 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar*
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp butter or 2 Tbsp cream (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped pecans (optional)


  1. Bring water and milk just to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium low and stir in oats, buttermilk, mashed banana, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cook 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove oatmeal from heat, stir in vanilla and optional butter or cream. Cover with a lid and let rest 3 minutes. Serve warm topped with optional chopped pecans.
  2. For alternate cooking method: In a very large microwave safe bowl, combine oats, milk, buttermilk, water, mashed banana, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Microwave on high for 3 1/2 minutes. Allow to rest in the microwave for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir in vanilla, optional cream or butter and optional pecans. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

*Depending on how ripe your bananas and how sweet you like your oatmeal.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Oatmeal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Janet: What a great, tasty idea. I had over ripped bananas and didn’t feel like eating banana cake a bread, as I am trying to be healthy. July 14, 2017 at 5:37pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks for the comments everyone! I hope you enjoy and Happy New Year! January 4, 2012 at 10:46am Reply

  • sdfoodie: I wanted to let you know that I found your post yesterday and immediately wanted to try it! I get to work early so I modified it a bit so that I could make it in the microwave. For other people that are in the same boat, I heated up water in a bowl in the microwave and then added the oats, mashed bananas, cinnamon and brown sugar. Cooked it for about a minute more and then added vanilla.

    Thank you so much for the inspiration, the oatmeal is perfect for this cold weather!! January 4, 2012 at 7:37am Reply

  • Sarah: I am always looking for a way to use that last banana! So glad I found this post, can’t wait to try it out! January 3, 2012 at 7:35pm Reply

  • Sonia M.: Delicious recipe ;) happy new year!
    Sonia January 3, 2012 at 8:26am Reply

  • Cathy @ Savory Notes: I’m generally not a fan of anything with bananas, but this sounds too good to not try! I just might end up liking bananas after all :) January 3, 2012 at 2:29am Reply

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