My favourite everyday banana oatmeal

Back in high school, I was intense. About school, that is. I would spend all my time on homework and I wasn’t satisfied with anything less than a 98%. Now before you go thinking I was a total hermit, I did have a great group of friends who I hung out with on weekends – but in hindsight I took high school way too seriously and didn’t have as much fun as I should have.

Make breakfast easy with this 2 minute microwave banana oatmeal that's healthy and easily adapted to be dairy free, gluten free, and nut free!

Luckily I loosened up in my second year of university and learned to balance school work with the fun that comes along with being of legal drinking age. However, I was still an overachiever and spent many a weekend cooped up in my apartment studying and working on papers.

So now that I’m done school and done my dietetic internship, I have been taking a much needed break and trying to live life stress free. I know this isn’t going to be my life forever (in fact – I’m starting a job soon!), but it’s been nice to just take life slowly for a while before jumping into the working world.

My slow pace of life as of late is why it has taken me so long to post this oatmeal recipe, even though I’ve been making this exact same oatmeal recipe almost every day since the summer!

Make breakfast easy with this 2 minute microwave banana oatmeal that's healthy and easily adapted to be dairy free, gluten free, and nut free!

I used to always make my oatmeal on the stove top using rolled oats, but that changed over the summer when I was visiting Hayley in England. While I was there I had quick oatmeal made with boiling water from the kettle every morning, and realized I liked it just as much. So I’ve kept making it this way since it’s so much easier.

This banana oatmeal is my favourite go-to healthy breakfast because it’s so packed with nutrition! Fibre from the oats, banana, and chia seeds, healthy fats and protein in the chia seeds and almond butter (I use Barney Butter), and a plethora of vitamins and minerals to boot. And while it tastes great as is, you can also boost up its nutrition even more by adding additional toppings like coconut, dried fruit, fresh berries, hemp hearts, or granola.

Make breakfast easy with this 2 minute microwave banana oatmeal that's healthy and easily adapted to be dairy free, gluten free, and nut free!

My favourite everyday banana oatmeal
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This healthy banana oatmeal with almond butter takes under 2 minutes to make in the morning and tastes seriously delicious!
Yield: 1 serving
  • ⅓ cup quick oats
  • 1.5 tsp chia seeds
  • Heaping ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup low fat milk
  • ⅓-1/2 cup water
  • 2-4 tbsp egg whites (optional)
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  1. In a microwave safe bowl combine the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, milk, and water (and optional egg whites).
  2. Microwave for about 60 seconds, or longer if needed.
  3. Add sliced banana and stir to mix it in, then top with a scoop of your favourite nut butter.
  4. Optional: add any other desired toppings, such as granola, shredded coconut, fresh berries, hemp hearts, dried fruit, etc.

Looking for more healthy breakfast recipes? You might like:

Apple butter granola
Kefir breakfast bowl
Mango goji coconut oatmeal


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26 Responses to My favourite everyday banana oatmeal

  1. Oatmeal rarely photographs well but you seemed to have done a great job, Chelsea! Love oatmeal but I get so lazy to make it. We don’t own a microwave here so stovetop is my go-to method…I should actually start making it while the weather is still cool. Lately I’ve been all about yogurt messes but my skin seems to be paying the price so I’m going to move away from dairy again from tomorrow. Overnight oats & smoothies are at the top of my list!

    • Chelsea

      That’s cool you don’t own a microwave! It’s honestly the first appliance I would get rid of if I ever needed to get rid of one. I mean the stove/oven really can do anything that the microwave does!

  2. Your pictures are gorgeous as always! My go-to breakfast is oatmeal made on the stove top with a mashed banana and topped with lots of almond butter. I eat it almost every day :)

  3. The only time I’ve taken a life break was when I went to Hawaii for 5 weeks in 2012. I haven’t been on an extended vacation since then though!! :(

    Although, my life is kinda like a vacation so no complaints here.

    • Chelsea

      5 weeks in Hawaii sounds amaaaaazing. But then again, your life right now sounds pretty amazing too. I need to come visit!

  4. This oatmeal looks delicious!! …and CONGRATS on the new job!! So excited for you.

  5. the best kind of oatmeal is the kind with pb & bananas. :)

  6. That’s it I’m posting a recipe for DIY bottled water. ;)

    Just kidding, but I legit cringe over the days where I stood over a stove. Seriously.

  7. I used to be all about the steel cut oats, even though they took FOR.EV.ER to make. Now though? If I’m having oatmeal, it’s usually the quick kind and I’m not standing over the stove but pouring water over them and letting them soak instead :lol: Quick and easy is how I like it. Which might be why I’ve been turning to smoothies for breakfast more often than not as well. Even though it’s freezing, I can’t help but crave the smooth creaminess.

    • Chelsea

      I’ve never even tried steel cut oats because the cooking time turned me off haha. I know there’s methods for soaking them overnight though, so I might get around to trying them eventually.

  8. Mmm this looks delicious! I love oatmeal in every way, but that spoonfull of peanut butter looks delicious too! I am known to go to the cupboard just for a spoon of pb! ;)

  9. whiskandshout

    This looks so delicious! The prettiest oatmeal I’ve ever seen :)

  10. This is the most appealing oatmeal I’ve seen in a long time. I really dig the pictures with all the separate ingredients. Nicely done, and CONGRATULATIONS on the new job. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  11. Oh girl, I was the EXACT same way in high school! Such a perfectionist…only I did used to wait until the last minute to do pretty much any and all projects/papers/studying for exams. I got a case of senioritis in my final semester (and had made my first B taking me out of the running for valedictorian) so I loosened up a bit but not much. Which is probably why I went all “wild child” during my first semester in college. I actually failed a course. FAILED! The girl who only a year before broke down into tears over a B! Luckily I finally found the much needed balance in my life and am more relaxed about things now.

    I’m a big fan of quick oats too and really think they deserve more attention. Not only do they save time, but the texture is so much better in my opinion compared to thick rolled oats (which I used to swear by). And can I just say that I love the contrasting colors in your pictures. Good call on the green milk pitcher!

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