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Banana Bread Stove Top Oatmeal

This Banana Bread Stove Top Oatmeal recipe tastes like a slice of homemade banana bread but is refined sugar-free, vegan, and can easily be made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats! 

a bowl of vegan banana bread stovetop oatmeal topped with caramelized banana slices

I am a total oatmeal lover and will eat oatmeal in just about any way possible. Cold, as overnight oats, as baked oatmeal, baked blended oats, or, if I feel like I need some extra comfort, cooked on the stovetop.

I love coming up with new oatmeal recipes for you and this Banana Bread Stovetop Oatmeal is my current favorite. You know me, I’m obsessed with all things banana desserts and already have some Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oats and Healthy Banana Bread Cookies on the blog to prove it.

Banana bread is such a simple yet delicious snack or breakfast and it’s a pretty perfect dessert too. So when I was trying to come up with a new dessert-inspired stovetop oatmeal recipe, my mind immediately went to “banana bread”  and I knew it was going to be a hit.

overhead shot of a bowl of banana bread oats topped with chocolate chips, caramelized bananas, nut butter and walnuts

This Banana Bread Porridge is refined sugar-free and can easily be made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats!  Further down, I add some awesome tips on how to make great oatmeal on the stove that the whole family will love! 


  • banana, mashed – it would not be banana bread oatmeal without it but apart from the taste it is also added for sweetness 
  • certified gluten-free oats – old-fashioned rolled oats work best here
  • chia seeds for some extra nutritional value 
  • cinnamon and vanilla are a must for that signature banana bread flavour 
  • we cook the oats in a mix of almond milk and water for that perfect creamy texture
  • a pinch of sea salt is important to enhance the nutty oat flavour 
  • toppings: I like to add some banana slices caramelized in coconut oil along with walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon 

a bowl of banana bread stovetop oatmeal topped with chocolate chips and caramelized bananas


Wondering how to cook the perfect oatmeal on the stove? Making the perfect bowl of oatmeal is pretty easy if you follow these tips.

Water or milk?

You can cook oatmeal with water or milk. The ratio of liquid / water to oatmeal is 2:1. The usual serving size is ½ cup oats to 1 cup of water, milk, or a combination of both.

I like my oatmeal creamy so we use a mix of water and almond milk. The key to getting a creamy bowl of oatmeal is using enough water. Notice I said water—cooking oatmeal in just milk tends to make sticky, thick oatmeal.

a bowl of banana bread stovetop oatmeal with caramelized banana slices, and chocolate chips

Add some salt

You should add a pinch of salt at the beginning! The salt emphasizes the oat’s natural flavours. Adding it later as an afterthought only makes your bowl taste salty. 

Stir- but not too often

Gluey oatmeal is the result of over-stirring them while they’re cooking. Now I know it’s very tempting to want to continually stir those oats as they simmer, but try to leave them undisturbed. Cover the pot and let them do their thing.

stovetop banana bread oatmeal in a plate topped with caramelized banana, nuts and chocolate chips


I topped my banana bread oatmeal with caramelized bananas and walnuts (see recipe) and also added some nut butter to up the protein content.

And while I was at it, I added some sugar-free chocolate chips! Feel free to add whatever add-ons you like for your perfect loaf of banana bread. Thinks pecans, coconut, or maybe some cocoa nibs! Enjoy!

Yield: 1 serving

Banana Bread Stove Top Oatmeal

Banana Bread Stove Top Oatmeal

This Banana Bread Stove Top Oatmeal recipe tastes like a slice of homemade banana bread but is refined sugar-free, vegan and can easily be made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup certified gluten free oats
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch of sea salt


  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1-2 tsp walnuts
  • cinnamon


  1. Add all ingredients under "FOR OATMEAL" in a small saucepan. Cook on medium low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  2. Cook for approximately 10 minutes. Make sure you continue to stir every once in awhile to prevent the bottom from burning.
  3. In a separate frying pan, heat coconut oil. Add slices bananas and walnut and sprinkle everything with cinnamon. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flipping bananas half way, to caramelize them.
  4. Once oats have fully cooked and have sat to thicken for 1-2 minutes, transfer to a bowl. Top with caramelized bananas and toasted walnuts. Sprinkle with more cinnamon and serve with almond milk if desired!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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