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Cinnamon banana oatmeal (my favourite breakfast)

Oatmeal is my favourite breakfast because it’s cheap, filling, and healthy. No matter where I am, I can easily find oats at any grocery store.

My go-to oatmeal recipe used to rely on soy milk (or any other non-dairy milk) but now I’ve adjusted it so it’s even easier to make. Now I simply use one cup of oats, two cups of water, a little bit of powdered cinnamon, and half a ripe banana for a delicious no-sugar-added breakfast.

Skipping the soy milk means I save some money, since using Alpro soy milk for oatmeal and coffee every day adds up quickly! And even though Tetra Pak is recyclable, I’m happy to cut back on waste.

Bananas are very sweet when nice and spotty, so mashing in half a banana into the oatmeal as it cooks adds plenty of sweetness and makes the oats deliciously creamy. The cinnamon even hints of banana bread. Dessert for breakfast? Why not!

I never get tired of oatmeal for breakfast because there are so many different ways to change it up. Back in the day, my oatmeal topping of choice was spoonfuls of refined brown sugar. Now, I choose to pile on the fruit instead. Fresh or frozen fruit, PB2 powdered peanut butter, cacao nibs, and chia seeds are some of my favourite toppings.

I prefer to make oatmeal on the stovetop. It only takes 5 minutes and it’s easier to control the consistency. Check out my how-to video to see how easy it is:

How do you like your oats? 🙂



Cinnamon banana oatmeal

This breakfast is simple but always sweet and satisfying. Oatmeal is cheap, filling, and the flavour possibilities are endless. That's why I love it so much.

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author Lisa Lansing

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup oats, whole or pieces (81 g)
  • 1/2 ripe banana, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

Instructions

  1. Add everything to a saucepan and heat on medium-high heat. Mash banana slices into the oats as you stir occasionally. Once it starts to simmer, turn down the heat slightly and keep stirring until the oatmeal thickens. Continue cooking until the oatmeal is nice and thick. It should only take around 3-5 minutes once it starts to simmer. Turn off the heat and stir for 1-2 minutes so it thickens a bit more.

  2. Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl, top with your favourite fruit and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • One serving (the entire recipe) is approximately 360 calories without additional toppings.
  • Bananas are sufficiently ripe when covered in brown spots. Using a ripe banana in this recipe is essential, otherwise, your oatmeal won't be as sweet!
  • Try 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger in addition to the cinnamon.

By Lisa

In Oct. 2014, I quit my job and started downsizing my life by selling and rehoming all my belongings. Even though I’ve moved around all my life, I officially left the States in Dec. 2015 and have been travelling abroad ever since. I hope to inspire you to simplify your life so you live with intention. I’m an avid writer, videography enthusiast, and a major foodie with a passion for sustainable living.