This recipe for microwave oatmeal with banana is your guide to the perfect creamy bowl of oats. (Without even needing to dirty a single pot or pan!)
This super simple recipe is a breakfast staple for us. It’s much healthier than sugar-heavy store-bought oatmeal, it’s super quick, and you can make it with mostly pantry staples. Plus, I’ve included some of my favorite oatmeal toppings below for flavor inspiration!
In addition to the photos, check out the video in this post showing you just how easy it is to make this microwave oatmeal recipe!
Microwave Banana Oatmeal
If you think you don’t like oatmeal, please give this recipe a try. I have a feeling you’ll change your mind!
The banana is the key! As is using milk instead of water, which makes it much creamier and more delicious.
I promise you’ll love it. I’m also a big fan of having less dirty dishes to wash, and you can make this recipe with just one mug or bowl.
(Pssst: see also how to make oatmeal more filling and satisfying!)
Homemade Microwave Oatmeal Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this microwave oatmeal with banana:
- ripe banana
- rolled oats
- milk (or dairy substitute)
- optional: additional toppings (see topping ideas section below)
How to Make Microwave Oatmeal With Banana
To make this creamy oatmeal, start by mashing a ripe banana into a microwave safe bowl or mug. The riper the banana, the better, because it’ll be sweeter! Plus, it gives it a softer texture.
Next, top the mashed banana with your oats, milk, and cinnamon. I highly recommend using milk (not water) in your oatmeal. Milk makes it much tastier and creamier. Plus, it adds protein, so it’ll keep you full longer!
Stir well. Once those ingredients are combined, microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes. If applicable, take out halfway through cooking and stir in any frozen berries. (Fresh fruit can be added once the oatmeal is finished cooking.) Lastly, add your desired toppings and enjoy!
Banana Oatmeal Topping Ideas
Some topping combinations I love:
- berries + nuts or seeds (slivered almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc!)
- berries + 1/2 C cottage cheese or plain Greek yogurt (see this post for more details: My Favorite Breakfast)
- fresh sliced peach + walnuts or pecans
- 1 Tbsp. nut butter
- Shredded coconut + walnuts or pecans
- Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (click for recipe)
- High protein oatmeal (click for recipe)
- (Pssst: see also how to make oatmeal more filling and satisfying!)
The full recipe is at the bottom of this post. I hope you love it! Let me know what topping combinations you come up with. 🙂
By the way, here’s my favorite (& the absolute best) way to slice bananas for oatmeal! And if you have some browning bananas to use up, here are 9 tasty recipes that use overripe bananas.
Want even more oatmeal recipes to try? Check these out:
- Simple Baked Oatmeal (great for a crowd!)
- Savory Oatmeal Recipe
- Overnight Oatmeal 6 Ways
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with Banana
- Almond Milk Overnight Oats with Berries
- Healthy Oatmeal Recipes Roundup
- Cherry Chocolate Overnight Oats
Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal
This recipe for microwave banana oatmeal is your guide to the perfect bowl of oats… without dirtying a single pot or pan!
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/2 C rolled oats (or 1/3 C if you want to add a lot of toppings)
- 1/2 C milk (or dairy substitute - again, use 1/3 C if you want to add a lot of toppings)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Toppings as desired (berries, ground flaxseed, nuts/seeds, coconut, nut butter, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. - see below for ideas)
- Mash a ripe banana into a microwave safe bowl. The super ripe banana is the key to oatmeal — it makes it nice and sweet (the riper the banana, the sweeter it is!) and gives it a fun texture!
- Top the banana with the oats, milk, and cinnamon. I never make my oatmeal using water. Milk makes it much tastier/creamier and will keep you full longer, too, due to the extra protein!
- Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes. If applicable, stir in any frozen berries at the halfway point. Fresh fruit can be added once the oatmeal is finished cooking.
- Add desired toppings and enjoy!