Healthy Oatmeal that’s super creamy, perfectly sweet, and totally customizable with absolutely no added sugars!
Learn to LOVE Oatmeal!
It’s no secret that my kids love oatmeal. In fact, I have one that would gladly eat oatmeal for breakfast, lunch and dinner…every day. I’ve had many readers (and friends) tell me their kids will only eat oatmeal if they dump in a bunch of sugar. Because oats are so good for us, full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and even protein, they are all wondering what is the secret to getting my kids to not only eat it, but to love it. I’m here to tell you, it is SO EASY! Keep reading to find out my secret for Easy, Sweet, Creamy, Customizable Healthy Oatmeal!
You’re Making Your Oatmeal Wrong
I have a few oatmeal recipes on the blog already (like my Strawberry Peanut Butter Oatmeal, Chunky Monkey Oatmeal, and Creamy Cranberry Oatmeal), but I wanted to give you a BASIC recipe that you could then add whatever flavors and toppings to that YOU like!
I’ll let you in on a little fact – my kids like SWEET oatmeal, too! But, guess what? There is NO sugar in this recipe…not even pure maple syrup. Yet, it is totally sweet and delicious.
Here’s another fact – they like CREAMY oatmeal. But, guess what? There is NO dairy or even plant milk in this recipe. You’ve probably never had oatmeal this creamy before.
There are two secrets to making HEALTHY Oatmeal that is SWEET and CREAMY.
BANANAS! You smash those bananas up on a plate or cutting board until they’re basically pureed. The you whisk the smashed banana into the water. I wish I could take credit for this brilliant idea, but I learned this tip from the Whole Banana Oatmeal recipe in Rip Esselstyn’s Engine 2 Diet.
ADD YOUR OATS TO COLD WATER! What? I know! When I first figured out this trick, I couldn’t believe it. I thought you were always supposed to bring the water to a boil and then add the oats. And you can certainly make oatmeal that way, but not super creamy dreamy oatmeal. After your water, smashed banana and oats (and a teeny bit of salt) are in the pan, THEN turn on the heat and bring to a simmer.
Quick and Easy
Voila! That’s it. Super duper easy. Bananas and cold water are your ticket to sweet creamy oatmeal. If you are a banana lover, you can stop right here if you want. But the best part of making a big batch of oatmeal like this is that every family member can top their individual bowls any way they like (without NEEDING sugar!). Fresh fruits, dried fruits, nut butters, chopped nuts and/or seeds, pure maple syrup, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, whatever your heart desires! If you are NOT a banana lover (what?) stirring in some nut butter and sprinkling with cinnamon or cocoa should mask the banana flavor, but leave the sweetness!
We even top it with a little NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup (my kids’ favorite way of course!)
Our Favorite Toppings
I love it with fresh fruit, hemp hearts and almond butter. My son likes his with peanut butter and chopped apples. My girls like “chocolate oatmeal” with just a drizzle of the cocoa syrup and fresh fruit on the side.
How would you like your oatmeal?
Easy, Sweet, Creamy, Customizable Healthy Oatmeal
Give this Healthy Oatmeal recipe a try and come on back here to leave me a comment and rating below. I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of this! You can also find me on social media. Be sure to tag @veggie_inspired and #veggieinspired so I don’t miss your post! Enjoy!
- 2 cups old fashioned oats (be sure to use certified gluten free oats for gluten free)
- 3 1/4 cups water
- 2 medium bananas (smashed really well) (use just one if you are not a banana lover)
- nut butter, chopped nuts or seeds, fresh fruit, dried fruit, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, granola, plant milk, pure maple syrup, etc.
- Smash the bananas until they resemble puree.
- Add the water to a pot on the stove and whisk in the banana until well incorporated.
- Add the oats to the water and THEN turn on the stove to medium-high. As soon as the oatmeal comes to a simmer, turn down the heat to low and cook until desired consistency, stirring occasionally, This takes less than 10 minutes.
- Spoon into individual bowls and top with (or stir in) ingredients of choice.
~This amount is intended to serve 4 adults, but my kids love this so much, it usually only feeds the 3 of them!
~Nutrition facts calculated without toppings.
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