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Whipped Banana Oatmeal

The whipped method produces a really creamy bowl of oatmeal. The bananas basically disappear, so there are no chunks. Since banana is an emulsifier of sorts, this method suspends the oats into a thick, creamy consistency and the whole bowl is sweeter because the banana's sweetness permeates throughout.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword oatmeal, oats
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1 serving


  • 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.