This Blueberry Banana Oatmeal is too good not to share! Made on the stovetop for the best texture. Gluten-free, vegan-friendly and no added sugars. Top with coconut butter for a little extra sweetness.
Guys is it weird I didn’t grow up eating oatmeal? Not even in the little packets where you just add water. I feel like oatmeal was one of the easiest things to make as a kid – pour contents into bowl, add milk/water, microwave – but it was not on the menu at our house. It was definitely a texture thing. The weird mushy-ness factor. Well, I suppose I don’t think it’s weird now but back then I thought it was weird.
I don’t think it was until college when I finally decided to give oatmeal a fair go again. But even then it was still from the packet and I’m pretty sure the only flavors I enjoyed were brown sugar and banana… I was really picky for a long time.
Fast forward several years later and I decided it was time to try oatmeal again – but this time from scratch. Can we say “from scratch” in regards to oatmeal? I’m not sure but you get what I mean.
Anyways, to make a long story short I finally came to love oatmeal. All it took was the simple stovetop method for me to hop on board the oatmeal train – only took 20+ years of my life.
Now of course you can easily use the microwave too… but the number of times I’ve overflowed oatmeal in the microwave is quite ridiculous. Been there, done that. So I just stick to the stovetop now. It doesn’t add that much more time – especially when you factor in you won’t be cleaning up a microwave explosion…
My favorite Blueberry Banana Oatmeal
This oatmeal combination I’ve been having on repeat like crazy lately, so I just had to share with you! Sometimes I feel silly sharing simple recipes like these but maybe I’ll introduce a new way for you to make something, or a flavor combination you haven’t tried yet.
Or maybe you are an aspiring oatmeal lover and this recipe will finally be the one to win you over.
what you need
unsweetened non-dairy milk
Just six ingredients, about five minutes and you have yourself the best warm comforting bowl of oats to start off your morning with.
I didn’t feel like this oatmeal needed any added sugar because the bananas and blueberries help naturally sweeten the oats, but everyone’s tastebuds are different – so if you want a little extra sweetness adding in honey or maple syrup would be great here. I drizzled on some coconut butter which is naturally sweet containing healthy fats plus low in sugar.
I’m not one to demonize sugar but I do think it’s important to be mindful of your sugar intake. When I started reading labels more – both before and during my Whole30 journey – I became so much more aware of packaged foods containing added sugar (some unnecessarily so) as well as the amount of sugar I would typically consume on average per day. It can really add up!
And obviously I am all about those healthy treats but getting into the habit of *not* adding sugar or extra sweeteners to different dishes (like oatmeal) is a good place to start if you’re looking to lower your overall sugar intake.
I think doing the Whole30 last year really helped my tastebuds rediscover how naturally sweet fruit is. So even with this oatmeal I think the blueberries and bananas act as a lovely natural sweetener. Oh and the cinnamon! Adding cinnamon in place of a sweetener helps add more flavor too.
But I think bursting blueberries might be my favorite part. SO JUICY.
- 1 1/3 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used cashew)
- 2/3 cup quick oats (gluten-free if needed)
- 1 TBS chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 small banana, sliced into 1/2
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- coconut butter
- In small saucepan over medium heat add milk, quick oats, chia seeds and cinnamon; stir until thoroughly combined. I opted for no added sweetener but feel free to add in honey or maple syrup to taste.
- Add in sliced banana and blueberries and stir.
- Allow mixture to simmer over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, or until mixture has thickened to your liking.
- Remove from heat and transfer into two bowls topping with honey, coconut butter, granola or your other favorite toppings. Enjoy!
Recipe can be easily cut in half for one serving, or store leftovers in covered container in fridge; reheat in saucepan.
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