Banana Nut Oatmeal

Happy Saturday!

Jack and I are having a kind of lazy day at home. I’m trying to do a little housework and he’s pulling out toys faster than I can put them up. He’s crawling now, and he’s into everything. Even though he can make a huge mess, this stage is so much fun. I love seeing him crawl around and start to become independent. He’s so determined when he wants something and he squeals and giggles when he finally reaches something that he crawled across the room for.

He played hard this morning and tired himself out around 11, so when he took his nap, I whipped up this bowl of hearty goodness for my brunch. If you love banana nut bread, this is the oatmeal for you. It tastes exactly like my favorite banana bread recipe, and it’s gluten and refined sugar free!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats)
  • 1/2 banana, mashed (slice the other half and reserve for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • Handful of chopped walnuts
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Bring the water to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Add the oats and stir well. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the mashed banana, maple syrup, and walnuts.
  • Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes until the oats reach your desired consistency.
  • Top oats with a sprinkle of cinnamon, 1/2 sliced banana, and a few more chopped walnut pieces.

Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe is the only one my family has ever used and it comes out perfect every single time. 


Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup self-rising flour

Instructions:

  • In a mixer, combine the butter and sugar.
  • Add the beaten egg. Mix well.
  • Add the mashed bananas and chopped nuts. Mix well.
  • Add the flour to the wet ingredients and mix until batter is well blended.
  • Pour into a greased loaf pan. I put a few extra nuts and a little sprinkle of sugar on top to make it look pretty.

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, until bread is a nice, golden brown.

Recipe can be doubled, but if you double it you should only use three bananas. 

This recipe is also great for muffins, just adjust your cooking time. Cook muffins for about 30 minutes, until they are a nice, golden brown.