Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe

A few years ago, I started making oatmeal on the stove instead of in the microwave, and I haven’t looked back since. If you’ve never tried stovetop oatmeal before, this recipe is for you – Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe

I’ve always enjoyed oatmeal, ever since I was a kiddo. It was even one of my favorite pre-skating-practice breakfasts. It was filling without being heavy or unsettling and contained healthful ingredients that gave me great energy for my practice sessions and lessons. Over the years, I’ve continued enjoying oatmeal as a staple breakfast option. It’s jus so easy and affordable. I also love how you can whip up a bowl of oats even when you haven’t really been to the grocery store in awhile. Over the years, I usually made oatmeal in the microwave out of convenience, but when I started making oats on the stove, it was a big upgrade for me in terms of flavor and texture.

It takes a little more effort, but I find that every minute is worth it. And if you cook it on a low enough temperature, you can multi-task while it’s cooking away. I’ll often put the oatmeal on the stove and check some emails in between stirring.

And stove top oats also make a great base for some healthful toppings like those pictured below: ground flaxseed, sliced almonds, and hemp hearts. I’ll usually add whatever I have on hand, including stirring chia seeds into the oats while they cook. My favorite fruit to add is a sliced banana. There’s just something about the banana that seems to go so perfectly with oatmeal. Stir in some honey or even better – whipped cinnamon honey by Cloister Honey, and you have a simple but wonderful breakfast.

Now that it’s the new year, and people are looking to eat healthy, I thought I’d share my favorite way to make oatmeal with this Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal recipe. If you haven’t tried stovetop oats yet, what are you waiting for? Make this soon. Trust me, you’ll love it!

Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe

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If you've never tried making oatmeal on the stovetop, this recipe is for you. This is my favorite way to make oatmeal - with simple ingredients: oats, bananas, and honey. The toppings may be a little intimidating if you're new to them, but they're totally optional. The oats are the key, and I think slow cooking them on the stove yields the best texture. Hope you like it, too!
*Vegetarian, Vegan options*
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup rice milk (or milk of choice)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon chia seeds, optional
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon honey (or whipped cinnamon honey or sub maple syrup for vegan)
  • optional toppings: sliced almonds, ground flaxseed, and hemp hearts
  1. In a small non-stick pot, combine oats, rice milk, water, and chia seeds and stir together. Turn heat to medium low and cook the oats, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches your desired texture, approximately 8-12 minutes (depending on your preference).
  2. Stir in honey. Stir in banana. Cook until the bananas are warmed through. Serve and top with toppings of choice. Enjoy!
¼ cup of oats yields a small oatmeal serving. You may prefer more like ⅓ to ½ cup of oats. Just adjust the recipe as needed if you increase the oats amount.

I don't like my banana getting too cooked with the oats, so I like to stir mine in near the end and just cook them long enough to warm through.

The chia seeds and optional toppings are health-boosting add-ins that are easy to eat with oatmeal. Use your favorites!


Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe

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  1. says

    This is a FANTASTIC recipe. I just adore oatmeal! It’s just so darn comforting in the morning!:) I don’t tolerate bananas well, but I use every single one of the other ingredients you use!! I use almond milk instead of rice, but everything else is the same:) Have you ever tried canned pumpkin in your oatmeal and vanilla beans? It’s delicious! I also sometimes use cinnamon, ginger and cloves too:) Great recipe and the hemp hearts are so pretty on top! They’re my favorite!:)

    • says

      Hi Heather, I LOVE canned pumpkin in my oatmeal! Have you ever tried pumpkin with coconut milk? It’s so good. I think you’d love it! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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