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!

microwave banana oatmeal recipe

Plus, it’s crazy easy.

Here’s a video showing you just how fast this is to throw together!

If you think you don’t like oatmeal, please give this recipe a try.

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! 

(Pssst: see also how to make oatmeal more filling and satisfying!)

perfect microwave banana oatmeal

Here’s the full recipe. 

I hope you love it, too – let me know what topping combinations you come up with!

Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal


  • 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)


1) 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!

2) 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!

3) 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.

4) Add desired toppings and enjoy! Some topping combinations I love:

perfect microwave banana oatmeal

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  1. 3

    I made this in my dorm for breakfast this morning! It was delicious and didn’t require a stove!! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

    Hooray! Glad you enjoyed it :) -Anne

  2. 4

    Love this recipe. We just moved from Raleigh to Oregon and at the Trader Joe’s in Corvallis I found peanut flour! Have you tried this recipe with peanut butter in it? Yum! Have you used peanut flour before? It is basically just peanuts ground into flour that they take some of the fat out of. It has almost the same nutritionals as the expensive whey protein powder I used to use but is way cheaper and more natural. If you like PB this stuff is the best. Added to the oatmeal, or in a shake with a banana and milk, it is fantastic :)

  3. 6

    You have no idea how excited I am to try this!! I have homemade oatmeal almost every morning and microwave it even but I think that adding banana to it will make it THAT much yummier. Plus I always use water but skim milk would most likely taste much better. Once I get some bananas I will try this :)

  4. 8

    Just made this with 1/3 cup oat bran, 1/2 cup skim milk, banana, and topped with blueberries and coconut. SO GOOD!

  5. 10

    This looks amazing! I love eating oatmeal for breakfast, and I am always looking for new creative ways to eat it! I will definitely have to try this soon! I am a huge fan of steel cut oats, I wonder if I could sub the steel cut oats for rolled oats.

  6. 12

    isnt milk+banana high in calories??like,if i am dieting,can i go 4 (oats/cornflakes)+milk+banana???plzz reply…

    • 13

      I’d recommend looking at it in terms of nutrient/nutrition value vs. calories. Bananas and milk are very good for you! No need to cut them out if you are trying to lose weight. Focus on decreasing unhealthy things (process foods, white flour, sweets, etc.) and leaving in the healthy.

      • 14

        Thanks Anne :-)

      • 15

        This is very interesting. I have never thought about nutrition vs calories. Could you talk more about this topic when you have a chance? I feel that I may omit important nutrition to keep daily calories. Hope I am not the only one doing this. I will start focusing on nutrition from now. Thank you:) Love your blog!

  7. 16

    Wonderful and very delicious!
    I substituted in soymilk and added in some GOOD-brand hemp protein powder (has all essential amino acids…great for being vegetarian!), blueberries, and raisins :)
    Thanks for the recipe!

  8. 17

    What if I hate bananas? Is there a substitute for that?


  9. 22

    I just tried this recipe this morning and loved it! I’m a college student with lab at 8 am twice a week so I am always looking for quick/easy breakfast ideas–you can’t get much quicker than 3 minutes! I was a little nervous to microwave the banana straight like that but it turned out perfectly. Thank you! :)

  10. 24

    I made it this morning using steel cut oats and I added 1 Tbsp of PB2 (powdered peanut butter). I used flax milk and doubled the amount, and cooking time increased to 5 minutes because of the s.c. oats. Next time I’ll halve the amount of oats as mine produced a huge bowlful that I couldn’t finish, and it was still a little on the dry side. Really delicious and very filling!

  11. 25

    Hi Anne! I know I told you over the weekend I gave this oatmeal to my little guy & he LOVED it. However since discovering it I’m hooked too! I always get in such a breakfast rut, plus having oatmeal done without waiting on the stove is A-amazing! Great recipe :) THANKS!

  12. 27
    Gayle Lund says

    Almost exactly what I have every AM. I add a little honey for sweetness :-) Use organic oatmeal, blueberries, nuts & raisins, half a banana, and half a cup of tart cherry juice for liquid.

  13. 28

    Enjoying a nice warm bowl of oatmeal with blueberries, banana, and pecans! Perfect for this 9 degree snowy morning!

  14. 29

    I tried it on stovetop and it worked great. Thanks

  15. 30

    Tried it with avocado and a bit of cocoa powder topping! Really delicious! :)

  16. 31

    I am going to try this recipe! It sounds amazing, however if I don’t have any berries is it all right to add some berry yogurt? Or will it affect the taste?
    Reply thanks!

  17. 33

    Oh my GOSH! This was absolutely delicious! I didn’t think I was an oatmeal gal, but this has changed my mind. Thanks Anne :)

  18. 34

    Just want to tell you – I make this all the time –IT IS MY FAVORITE! sooooooo good

  19. 36

    Nice . Easy warm and sounds good . Just like putting fruit on waffles it would be quick for before school yay a microwave breakfast – this mommy can so sleep an extra 30 mins in the morning . I can’t wait to try this .

  20. 37

    I searched for microwave healthy recipes and got directed to this. Your Banana Oatmeal looks yummy. I love the generous amount of blueberries in your serving. ;) Great work Anne.

  21. 38

    Tastes just like banana bread! I threw some raisins and wheat bran into mine. Love it- thanks for sharing!

  22. 40

    it tastes even better if a little bit of nutmeg, chopped apples, and cinnamon are added to the oatmeal as well! Also buying fair trade bananas to put in the oatmeal makes it even more amazing because it also advocates higher social and environmental standards for the exporters! has anyone tried the overnight no bake oatmeal?

  23. 41

    I make this with almond milk almost every morning for breakfast and have been for the past year and a half…never gets old 😍

  24. 43

    Tried this for the first time last week after coming across it on your blog. It was so delicious that I’ve been making it almost daily since then! Never thought oatmeal could taste so good! Thank you for sharing!!!
    I have come across people saying that you shouldn’t combine milk with bananas (or any fruit at that). Mainly this is in the context of smoothies, but would you know anything about that?

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    Anna Louise Hicklin says

    This was awesome!!! I’m always looking for healthier ways to sweeten oatmeal, and you can’t do better than fruit! Also it’s a great way to use overripe bananas. We will definitely repeat this very often. Thanks!

  27. 48

    Thank you for this recipe! I’m trying to avoid added sugars in our everyday meals and snacks because my kids are offered plenty of sweets at activities and friend’s homes. But I was running out of ideas for quick breakfasts. The kids love oatmeal, usually made with brown sugar and water…tried this and they scarfed it down! My 8 year old said it was “company worthy”, haha :)

  28. 50

    Its easy to cook this dish in microwave.It saves my time really well in my busy life.

  29. 51

    i dint have microwave or any stove or fridge. can this recipe put overnight alone and be eaten in morning without refridgeration?

  30. 53
    Laura Strnad says

    This is almost like the banana walnut oatmeal from Eating Well except they have walnuts and maple syrup in it and no milk in.. We use agave nectar instead and it is good.

  31. 55

    I was surprised by how yummy this was! I make microwave oatmeal most mornings, and this was such an easy upgrade (with added potassium benefits!).

  32. 57

    Can you use quick oats or does it have to be old fashioned oats?
    How could you make this without banana?

    • 58

      Yes, you can do quick oats! It probably wouldn’t be as good without the banana, but you could try it and add another fruit for sweetness once it’s cooked!

  33. 59

    It says to top banana with oatmeal milk and cinnamon. Do you mix them together ??

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