Banana Protein Oatmeal

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Banana Protein Oatmeal is made simply with wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, bananas, eggs, and almond milk. Customize it any way you like and enjoy it sitting down or on the go for the ultimate healthy breakfast!


This Banana Protein Oatmeal recipe is packed with all the stuff you love and none of the stuff you don’t. It’s naturally gluten-free and made with no added sugars, so you can enjoy a delicious breakfast that is both satisfying and nutritious.

It seems like in nearly every movie, there’s this picture perfect moment where the kids wake up to a glorious breakfast feast on the kitchen table. It’s beautiful, but let’s face it. It’s unrealistic. In real life, it can be a struggle to get the kids out the door on time while still managing to get food in everyone’s bellies.

When it comes to breakfast recipes, I try to stick to meals that hit the trifecta: healthy, delicious, and quick. More often than not, this means oatmeal. I have made tons of variations of oatmeal over the years and used my hungry family as taste testers.

From baked oatmeal and oatmeal smoothies to overnight oats and oatmeal muffins, I have yet to try an oatmeal recipe I didn’t like. There are so many different ways to enjoy this healthy grain that it never gets boring.

If you love oatmeal as much as I do, I know you’re going to love this ultra-satisfying Banana Protein Oatmeal. It’s quick, healthy, easy to make, and beyond delicious. Not to mention, it’s loaded with protein and nutrients to get your day off to a great start.

Add your favorite toppings like fresh fruit, chocolate chips, or nut butter, and enjoy!

Key Ingredients

To make this healthy breakfast recipe, you will need the following key ingredients:

  • Rolled oats: Naturally gluten-free and packed with fiber, oats are one of the healthiest grains in the world. The ultimate breakfast staple!
  • Banana: The riper the banana, the sweeter the oatmeal will be. I like to use my bananas when they’ve started to brown, because I know they’ll be super sweet.
  • Egg: This adds a protein boost and makes our oatmeal extra fluffy.
  • Almond milk: You can use any milk of your choice, but I typically opt for unsweetened almond milk for my oatmeal.
  • Chia seeds: Not only are chia seeds loaded with fiber and beneficial nutrients, but they help to absorb the liquid in the oatmeal so it gets nice and thick.

Protein oatmeal with rolled oats, bananas, egg, chia seeds, and almond milk in a bowl with a spoon.

Banana Protein Oatmeal Recipe Tips

Here are some of my top tips and tricks to help you make this recipe:

  • For an extra boost of protein, try adding a dollop of nut butter or a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Keep in mind that by adding powder, you may need to add more almond milk as well.
  • Not a fan of almond milk? You can use any kind of milk you like. Oat milk, cashew milk, soy milk, and regular dairy milk will all work great.
  • For a vegan-friendly version, you can leave out the egg. Note that this will reduce the protein intake and slightly alter the texture of the oatmeal.
  • Major chocolate lover? Try adding in a teaspoon of cocoa powder or mixing a tablespoon of chocolate chips into the oatmeal while it’s hot.
  • If you prefer your oatmeal on the sweeter side, try adding a drizzle of honey or maple syrup before serving it.

Best Oatmeal Topping Ideas

One of the best things about oats is how insanely versatile they are. You can use them to make oatmeal, muffins, granola bars, baked oats, and smoothies. You can also top them in about a million different ways, depending on what flavors you like and what you have at home.

I love a simple bowl of oatmeal with some fresh fruit and nut butter, but I also love getting creative from time to time. If you’re unsure of what to top oatmeal with, here are some of my favorite oatmeal topping ideas to choose from:

  • Fresh fruit (bananas, berries, peaches, cherries, etc.)
  • Chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew)
  • Seeds (chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds)
  • Shredded coconut
  • Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots)
  • Sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave)
  • Spices (vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg)

How to Store Cooked Oatmeal

If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy meal prep recipe, this Banana Protein Oatmeal makes a fantastic choice. It’s super easy to make and can be stored in the fridge in jars to enjoy as an on-the-go breakfast throughout the week.

I recommend storing leftover oatmeal in glass jars if possible, but any airtight storage containers will work. Once properly contained, you can store oatmeal in one of two ways:

  • In the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
  • In the freezer for up to 3-4 months.

Protein oats with creamy banana, chia seeds, rolled oats, and flaxseeds in a bowl with a spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this dish:

What are the best oats to use?

I have found that when it comes to recipes for oatmeal, overnight oats, and baked oatmeal, rolled oats are the best oats to use. That’s my own personal preference, so feel free to use any kind you like. They cook much quicker than steel cut oats and have a more appealing (less mushy) texture than quick oats.

What should I top oatmeal with?

You can top your oatmeal with a wide variety of toppings. It all depends on what your flavor preferences are and which foods you have at home. Some of my top choices include nut butter, fresh fruit, dried fruit, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips.

What protein can I add to oatmeal?

In this recipe, we use a banana and an egg to add a nice boost of protein. If you’re looking for even more of a protein blast, try adding some high-protein toppings. Options include nut butter, Greek yogurt, protein powder, and pistachios.

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The Recipe
Banana protein oatmeal made with rolled oats, mashed banana, chia seeds, and almond milk served in a bowl with a spoon.

Banana Protein Oatmeal

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  • 1 banana (very ripe)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

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Spray a bowl with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Mash a banana in the bottom of the bowl. Stir in the egg. Then add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Make sure to use a large mug or bowl so it doesn't bubble over.

Rolled oats being stirred with banana, eggs, almond milk, and chia seeds.

Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Microwave for another minute and stir. Microwave in 30-second increments until finished. In my microwave, it took 3:00 minutes total.

Banana protein oats being stirred in a bowl.
Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 318
Calories from Fat 85
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 186mg
Sodium 151mg
Total Carbohydrate 48g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 15g
Protein 12g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Nelly Steele
February 7, 2020 - 09:02
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quite yummy. perfect for a cold morning. I think I will try to microwave for a bit less time to start. it did seem a little dry (or add more milk)
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July 29, 2018 - 05:54
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It was really good and kept me full
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Katie Martinson
April 10, 2017 - 16:50
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I have to admit I was skeptical since I've tried overnight oats several times and never been satisfied. I thought for sure I was going to want to add some brown sugar or sweetener but I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't add any extra sweetener at all and I thought it was quite good :)
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