This collection of 100 creative oatmeal recipes, mix-in ideas, and toppings will inspire you to create a bowl of creamy whipped banana oatmeal for breakfast.
Some people call me the Queen Of Oatmeal
Back in 2008, when this blog was very young, I discovered how much I loved the “stick to your ribs” satisfaction that a bowl of oatmeal gave me for breakfast. I always make my oatmeal with two key ingredients: milk (for protein) and banana (for natural sweetness). And I always go crazy with toppings!
Some of my Favorite Creative Oatmeal Recipes Include:
- Nut butter
- Fresh fruit
- Dried fruit
- Coconut flakes
- Chia seeds
- Crumbled anything
- Crunchy anything
- Banana slices (to whip!)
- Chia seeds for thickness
- Cottage cheese
- Greek yogurt
- Fruit of all kinds (dried like raisins or fresh like chopped pear)
Different types of oats
I prefer old fashioned rolled oats for their cross between texture and quick cooking time. All of the different oats varieties have the same nutrition but the surface area and cooking time is what varies.
- Steel cut oats = cut only
- Quick steel cut oats = cut and steamed
- Old fashioned rolled oats = cut and rolled
- Quick oats = cut, rolled, and steamed
Classic Whipped Banana Oatmeal Recipe
Whipped Banana Oatmeal
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup milk of your choice
- 2/3 cup water I like my oats a bit liquidy - cut back to 1/2 a cup if you don't
- 1/2 banana very thinly sliced
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract stirred in at end
- Start by combining rolled oats, water, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Slice a banana into VERY thin pieces, leaving just a few bigger chunks.
- Walk away for a few minutes while the oatmeal heats.
- Once it begins to steam or bubble, stir vigorously at times to “whip” the banana into the oats. The oats will take about 5 minutes on medium heat from start to finish to fully absorb the liquid. They’re done when they reach your desired consistency!
- Stir in vanilla (and often pumpkin or cottage cheese) and pour into your bowl.
- Add any toppings you like, such as almond or peanut butter dollops, nuts, granola, coconut, crumbled granola bars, or trail mix – with dark chocolate chips! Or check out all the combos listed below.
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Smoothie Bowls aka Smoothie In A Bowl
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Kath’s 100 Creative Oatmeal Recipes!
In a KERF Bowl
Egg Nog + Cinnamon Bun LaraBar
PB + J
- 1 medium banana, split
- 3 scoops of 1/3 cup prepared oatmeal made with half milk/half water and a few raisins
- Raspberry jam, honey and peanut butter on the scoops
- Ryeberries as “nuts” (they taste just like wheatberries and speltberries)
- Granola plank for fun
- A real cherry on top!
With cottage cheese –
A Little Whipped Cream!
With Cottage Cheese –
Egg, Avocado + Cheese
With trail mix –
Cranberry Sauce + Greek Yogurt –
Pumpkin + Cereal
Pumpkin + Coconut
Sunny Side Oats
- Oatmeal + wheatberry base
- 1 egg, cooked sunny side up with a soft yolk
- About 2 tbsp fancy shredded 2% cheese
- Fresh basil
The cheese + oats underneath the egg
Cranberry Sauce + Trail Mix
Topped with homemade granola
Savory Prosciutto Oats
Dried figs, goat cheese, strawberries, ryeberries, prosciutto + honey
Pumpkin Coconut Pie!
Steel Cut –
Apples + Pecans
SPOOKY Halloween Oats!
Apples + Toasted Almonds
You can’t beat melted chocolate for breakfast!
Almond liquor, almond meal, almond coconut granola, toasted almonds, almond butter.
Here’s to the best breakfast ever!!