Caramelized Banana & Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Let me tell you about this amazingly delicious and satisfying caramelized banana and peanut butter oatmeal.

It’s so good it could almost be dessert but has minimal added sugar!

Overhead shot of completed recipe for caramelized banana and peanut butter oatmeal in a white bowl.

The truth about this banana & peanut butter oatmeal

I’m going to shoot it straight today because this is the most incredible oatmeal I’ve ever had, and I want to share it. 

Here is what we’re dealing with:

  • Rolled oats and chia seeds: So much great fiber and a boost of omegas to help you start your day off right.
  • Vanilla extract and maple syrup: Is there a better combination than vanilla and maple?!
  • Peanut butter: For that amazingly nutty PB flavor, plus some protein to sustain you for a few hours.
  • Milk: For that creaminess (P.S. my fave is vanilla soy or almond).
  • Walnuts and almonds: For crunch, nuttiness and a bit more nutrition.
  • Caramelized bananas: Bananas with a crispy, sweet exterior with just a hint of buttery goodness.

The bananas are EVERYTHING.

Overhead process shot of oatmeal cooked in a ceramic pan with peanut butter, cinnamon, chia seeds, vanilla extract, salt, milk and maple syrup.
Overhead shot of caramelized bananas in a pan.

Perfect balance of healthy, yet sweet & tasty

It’s perfectly sweet, nutty, crunchy, creamy and the bananas are just incredible.  This peanut butter banana oatmeal could almost be dessert but has minimal added sugar (not like the oatmeal we had as kids). 

So if you like something on the sweeter side for breakfast, whip up a wholesome batch of peanut butter maple vanilla oatmeal with buttery caramelized bananas and crunchy almonds and walnuts.

You’ll barely realize your oatmeal is a great source of fiber, protein AND omega 3s because it tastes SO good.

Overhead shot of completed recipe in three white bowls and silver vintage spoons.
Side shot of caramelized bananas on top of peanut butter oatmeal in white bowl.
Overhead shot of caramelized banana & peanut butter oatmeal in a white bowl.

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Caramelized Banana & Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Peanut Butter & Caramelized Banana Oatmeal in white bowl.

This delicious and satisfying oatmeal recipe features chia seeds, peanut butter and maple syrup and served with caramelized banana and nuts. 

  • Author: Julie Andrews
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Yield: Serves 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 3 ½4 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ½ cup milk of choice + more for serving
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup + more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3 yellow bananas, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts and/or sliced almonds


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Pour oats and chia seeds into the water, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until oats are soft.  Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon, vanilla extract, salt, peanut butter, milk and maple syrup until combined.
  2. In a medium skillet, melt butter and brown sugar at medium-high heat.  Add sliced bananas and cook 1-2 minutes per side, until browned, flipping once.
  3. Scoop oatmeal into bowls and top with milk and maple syrup, as desired, and walnuts/almonds and caramelized bananas.


Storage Tip: Refrigerate leftovers up to 5 days.


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 478
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Sodium: 458mg
  • Fat: 26g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 21g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 13g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Cholesterol: 12mg

Keywords: best, fiber, healthy, simple, make ahead, do ahead, meal prep

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