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Banana Oatmeal with Maple and Walnuts

Banana Oatmeal with Maple and Walnuts

Happy 2015! Did you have a great New Years Eve and 1st day of 2015? I did. Maybe a little too much fun on New Years Eve. We actually stayed up until 2am so New Years Day was a pretty lazy, full of laying around and watching college football bowl games kind of day. I even took a nap during the day. Which isn’t all that odd. I take naps a lot on the weekend. I love naps.

Banana Oatmeal with Maple and Walnuts

Now let’s talk oatmeal. I love making my own homemade oatmeal. I can control the amount and type of sugar, spices and ingredients when I make my own. Sure, instant oatmeal is easy when you’re in a hurry but did you know that you can make your own oatmeal ahead of time? All you have to do is heat it up when you’re ready to eat it. It’s really that simple. You can do that with this banana oatmeal recipe. When I make homemade oatmeals, I usually add a little coconut oil to the recipe. It keeps the oats from becoming clumpy once they cool off.

Banana Oatmeal with Maple and Walnuts

Banana Oatmeal with Maple and Walnuts

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Smooth, creamy and slightly tangy Banana Oatmeal is sweetened with maple syrup and topped with crunchy walnuts. Greek yogurt gives this heartwarming, healthy oatmeal a creamy texture and tangy flavor!


  • 1 C old fashioned oats (use gluten free, if desired)
  • 1 3/4 C water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tbsp maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 C Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp walnuts, divided
  • 1 banana halved and sliced, sliced divided


  1. Bring the water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the oats and reduce the temperature to medium heat. Cook the oats for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once the oats are done cooking, remove them from the burner (and don't forget to turn off the burner) and stir in the Greek yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut oil.
  3. Pour or spoon the oatmeal into bowls. Sprinkle each bowl of oatmeal with 1 tbsp of walnuts and the sliced bananas. Drizzle with maple syrup, if desired.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440 Total Fat: 20g Sodium: 314mg Carbohydrates: 58g Sugar: 27g Protein: 12g

Banana Oatmeal with Maple and Walnuts


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55 comments on “Banana Oatmeal with Maple and Walnuts”

  1. We actually stayed up till 4am because we couldn’t find a stupid cab! Ugh. So our day was super lazy as well! But this looks like the perfect breakfast to bounce back from!

  2. I seriously am going to make this in the next 10 minutes. Sounds amazing!

  3. This is exactly the kind of breakfast I’m craving right now! Looks fabulous. Good luck with the re-organization Julie!

  4. I love how hearty and filling this healthy breakfast looks. I wish I had a big bowl of it right about now!

  5. Now see, I’d eat this oatmeal. What a great flavor!! I’m in love with banana everything.

  6. Comfort breakfast food in a bowl! Love the combination of banana + walnut!

  7. This looks great Julie! I think this oatmeal would be a great way to start off the new year!

  8. And I did just make it and enjoyed every last bit – minus a few bites I shared with my children. Love how creamy the yogurt made this oatmeal!

  9. Happy New Year, Julie! For once, I actually stayed up really late on New Years this year too. I’m still trying to catch up on my sleep from the holidays. Banana oatmeal is one of my favorites. I love how much flavor the banana gives and the walnuts are the perfect crunchy topping. Thanks for including a link to my recipe too!

    • You’re welcome, Ashley!

      Sounds like a lot of people were able to stay up late this year! Some of my friends who rarely stay up actually stayed up, too. Happy New Year to you too, Ashley! And thanks for stopping by. :)

  10. I love me some oatmeal. This is perfection. That hint of maple syrup is amazing.

  11. I think that’s a great idea with categorizing everything differently instead of managing a whole new blog. … just love your style with everything you do! (Besides, you always inspire me.)
    Especially loving this oatmeal creation. :)

  12. Sounds so delicious Julie!! Pinned!
    (PS I am so thankful I don’t have to keep up with two blogs – lol)

    • Thanks Claire! Haha, we would totally go insane if we both kept up with two blogs. We could then start a blog about going insane from doing insane things like running two blogs. ;)

  13. Banana Nut anything is always welcome in my house! I’ve never actually tried adding Greek yogurt in my oatmeal before, but I definitely want to try it now! I can tell it adds a great deal of creaminess to the dish!

    • You should definitely give it a try sometime, Lisa! I was surprised at how good it was with the addition of Greek yogurt. One of my co-workers tried it and loved it too! Thanks for stopping by. :)

  14. annndddd I’m out the door to buy coconut oil this instant. Porridge is the only thing my body can handle in frigid Dutch winter!

  15. Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast and your banana oatmeal looks absolutely perfect! Love the banana, maple and walnut combo! Good luck with reorganizing everything, it looks great so far :)

  16. Julie, I love this Banana Oatmeal!!! this is just the way I want to start off my mornings!!! total upgrade for oatmeal going on right here!!! love and pinned and wishing you a fabulous New Year!!

  17. A great warm and hearty breakfast! Looks delicious!

  18. I think you made a great decision to just re-catagorize and add more healthy recipes when the mood hits. Now this oatmeal…it sounds like the perfect way to start the day!!!!

  19. This looks amazing! Oats are such a nutritious and delicious breakfast :)

  20. This looks amazing and what a great way to start the day. And I absolutely love the idea of reorganizing your blog instead of starting another! The mix of healthy and not-so-healthy is perfect.

  21. This is definitely a bowl of oatmeal I would be happy to see on an early morning! I love how light and healthy it looks! Gorgeous photos, Julie! Pinned. :)

  22. After seeing this post, oatmeal is all I am craving! I just love the combination of banana,maple and walnuts.. and all those delicious spices too!

  23. Hooray for a lazy day. They don’t happen enough. It’s a luxury to take nap. I make recipe very similar to this. I can attest—It’s flat out delicious. A great way to start a morning off.

    • They sure don’t happen enough, Carol! I seriously think adults should get nap time. Ugh, I remember when I was a kid, I hated nap time in school. Now, I’d be all over it!

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great week!

  24. I pretty much always have oatmeal for breakfast during the week, but it would be nice to change up the recipe a bit. I like the idea of adding the cinnamon and nutmeg. I’m going to try this!
    P.S. Glad you feel like you’ve made a good decision regarding the second blog. I struggle like crazy to keep up with one, so seems like a wise choice! Looking forward to seeing your cool changes!

    • I hope you enjoy the recipe, Helen! I actually need to pick up some more oats so I can make more oatmeal. It’s great to make ahead and take along to work for breakfast. I get bored with the English muffins, toast an granola bars every day!

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Helen. :)

  25. Oh, how I love homemade oatmeal!! This just looks so comforting and delicious, I love bananas for breakfast!

  26. Thank you for submitting your recipes to my round up! Your photos are gorgeous and I LOVE your healthy recipes!!! I’m your newest follower across all social media, happy to have found you, excited to follow along :)

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  28. OMG, these look so delicious! Awesome….! you made my day!! thanks for sharing your IDEA’S

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