This Chocolate Banana Oatmeal is sweetened with a ripe banana, full of chocolatey flavor, and topped with sweet caramelized bananas! This gluten-free and vegan breakfast has no sugar added and is sure to fill you up and keep you satisfied.
I’ve been a bad breakfast person lately…as in, I’ve been skipping it a lot because mornings are BUSY. I know it’s not good to do, and it makes my blood sugar go a little wild for the rest of the day. I’ve been making sure to keep fat bombs on hand to devour when I’m rushing and need food ASAP.
These days have gotten so crazy busy though, between a major project I’m DYING to tell you guys about but not allowed to yet and taking care of my new man, Hank. The little guy is fulllll of energy and it feels like I’m always on a walk with him! We usually go at least five miles a day, and he’s still zooming around my apartment.
I’ve been really, really trying to make breakfast a priority for the past week or two though. For me, a weird person who doesn’t like eggs, sweet breakfasts are my go-to. When I’ve got something as delicious as this Chocolate Banana Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas to look forward to, it’s definitely a stronger motivation to make myself breakfast.
I’ve made this one a couple times in the past two weeks after getting home from a walk with the little guy, and it always is so satisfying. It’s super quick and easy to make, and because it’s sweetened with just bananas, it doesn’t leave me with a sugar hangover for the rest of the day.
Making the oatmeal is simple – I’m sure you’ve all done it before! Just mash a ripe banana into the pan, add the rest of the ingredients, and let it simmer until everything is absorbed to your preferred thickness. My sister taught me the banana-to-sweeten trick way back when I was in high school, and I haven’t used anything else to sweeten since!
While the oats are simmering away, make the caramelized bananas by sauteing banana slices in a little bit of coconut oil. Optionally, you can also add a little bit of maple syrup to help the bananas get a little browner and extra caramelized, but it’s not necessary.
Once your oats and bananas are done, just assemble and devour. I topped mine with some dark chocolate chips and peanut butter, because if you’ve been around here before, you know that’s a combo I cannot resist. You can add hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, toasted nuts, coconut butter…whatever deliciousness you’d like!
Dig in while it’s hot and you’ll be rewarded with melted chocolate, creamy oats with just enough natural sweetness, and scrumptious caramelized bananas. It’s filling, fueling, and beyond delicious. I hope you’ll give this simple, easy breakfast a try. Enjoy! :)
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Chocolate Banana Oatmeal
- ⅓ cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 ripe banana mashed
- ⅔ cup non-dairy milk of choice I used almond milk
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- In a small saucepan, combine oats, mashed banana, milk of choice and cocoa powder. Simmer until milk has absorbed into the oats, about 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the oats are cooking, heat up a small sauté pan with coconut oil and maple syrup (if using) to medium heat. Add the banana slices and let them sauté for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
- Place the oatmeal in a bowl once it’s fully cooked, and top with chocolate chips, sautéed bananas, and any other toppings you’d like. Enjoy immediately!