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Easy Bananas and Cream Protein Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of those breakfasts that, if made right, packs a powerful punch of protein and taste. Today, I’m going to show you how to make an easy bananas and cream protein oatmeal recipe your family will devour!

antique bowl with oatmeal, bananas, and pecans in it

I started making stovetop oatmeal for my kids when they were itty-bitty.

After all of these years, I have managed to find the best combination to create a perfect consistency.

There are so many things I love about setting a bowl of oatmeal on the table for my kids. Whether it’s my overnight oatmeal bake that my kids love or a fresh batch of oats, they are one of our favorites.

One thing is that it is so simple to whip up and offers something that will keep bellies full all morning.

Another wonderful thing about oatmeal is that you can change up the flavors easily so your family doesn’t feel like they eat the same meal over and over.

I always start with my basic 4 ingredient protein porridge and add yummy add ins from there!

oatmeal in a glass bowl with sliced bananas and chopped nuts

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • This recipe is perfect for the beginner home cook because it is so simple
  • You will only need 4 ingredients to make the base for this healthy bowl of oatmeal
  • It is perfect for picky eaters because you can tweak it for each person
  • Porridge tastes great with fresh fruit or frozen fruit
  • This is the perfect way to get more grams of protein into a delicious breakfast
  • You will only need one cooking pot to make this high-protein oatmeal, which means an easy clean up
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Bananas and Cream Oatmeal Ingredients

  • Rolled Oats- I use old fashioned oats for our porridge recipes but you can use quick oats if that’s what you have on hand. Be aware that if you use steel cut oats you will need to adjust the temperature to cook them all of the way through.
  • Protein powder- You can use this ingredient, or leave it out. It won’t impact the flavor of the oatmeal. I use a scoop of protein powder made with pea protein, but you can use another protein source, such as peanut butter powder.
  • Milk- In our home, we use unsweetened almond milk or whole milk to make our high protein oatmeal recipe, but feel free to use an oat milk, coconut milk, or soy milk if that is what you prefer.
  • Sweetener- Maple syrup is our favorite sweetener for oatmeal. You can use honey, sucanat, or another sugar to sweeten your oats.
  • Sliced Bananas– The best bananas for this recipe are the ones that are a medium yellow and have no green on them. The bananas add some natural sweetness that can only be achieved with a yellow banana.
  • Chopped pecans– These nuts add protein and crunch to the oatmeal.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream– You can either pour a few tablespoons of heavy cream over your porridge, or you can make homemade whipping cream and put a dollop of it on top of the warm oatmeal. Either way, it will be delicious.
a hand pouring oats into a saucepan with milk

Steps for Making Bananas and Cream Oatmeal

  1. Heat up your milk in a sauce pan on the stove until it is at a slow boil.
  2. Once your milk is simmering, turn off the heat and add in your oats and sweetener (I like to add in a teaspoon of vanilla extract, too).
  3. Put the lid on your saucepan and let the oats soak up the milk for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour in your protein powder and mix well to eliminate clumps.
  5. Add your bananas, whipped cream, and nuts to the top and enjoy!
homemade whipped cream on a bowl of oatmeal

How to make homemade whipped cream

Whipped cream is such an easy way to elevate any dish.

It takes no hands on time, if you have a stand mixer, and makes the dish feel special.

  1. Add 1 cup of heavy cream to a stand mixer.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of sweetener- maple syrup, powdered sugar, honey.
  3. Turn your mixer on medium high speed and let it whisk your cream until stiff peaks form.
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What makes oatmeal healthy?

Oatmeal is great for your heart health and is a great option for breakfast or a snack.

Not only can you use different oats- steel cut oats, rolled oats, or quick oats, they are also gluten free for anyone who has gluten intolerances.

It is easy to add in extra protein to amp up the health value of protein even more.

vanilla protein powder in a small dish on a white counter

How can I add protein to my oatmeal?

Most people use some sort of protein to their oatmeal to prevent a blood sugar spike that many breakfast foods cause.

While whole oats do provide some protein content, you might want to add more to create a more balanced breakfast.

  • peanut butter or a spoonful of nut butter
  • favorite protein powder- you can use chocolate or vanilla
  • cottage cheese or greek yogurt
  • chopped nuts- pecans or walnuts taste great
  • cacao powder
  • almond milk
simmering milk in a stainless pan on a stove

How to make oatmeal thicker or thinner

If you want thicker oatmeal, cook it longer on the stove so the cooked oats will absorb more of the liquid.

If you like a thinner oatmeal, serve it sooner so it can’t soak up the milk.

When you are making your oatmeal, if it gets too thick, add a few tablespoons of milk to thin it out before serving.

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Milk to Oats ratio for Oatmeal

The amount of milk you will need for your oatmeal will be determined by the type of oats you use.

  • Old Fashioned Oats- 1/2 cup dry oats to 1 cup liquid
  • Steel Cut Oats- 1/3 cup dry oats to 1 cup liquid
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Can you refrigerate Oatmeal?

You can store your oatmeal in the refrigerator for 2 days.

It will be sticky, so dump it in a saucepan with a small amount of liquid to help it thin out.

When you are ready to reheat it, bring the temperature up by cooking it over low heat on the stove. You can add a few tablespoons of milk to help it be easier to stir.

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Easy Bananas and Cream Oatmeal

Liz Quick
Oatmeal is one of those breakfasts that, if made right, packs a powerful punch of protein and taste. Today, I’m going to show you how to make an easy bananas and cream protein oatmeal recipe your family will devour!
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings


  • saucepan


  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ scoop vanilla whey protein powder optional
  • 1 yellow sliced banana
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • Bring milk to slow boil over medium-high heat in a saucepan.
  • Once the milk is heated through, add in the maple syrup and oats. Stir to combine. Put the lid on the saucepan and turn the heat off.
  • Allow the oats to slowly cook and absorb the milk, which will soften the oats.
  • While the oats cook, whip up your whipped cream by mixing the heavy cream in a stand mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peeks form.
  • Once the porridge is the consistency you're wanting, add in the protein powder and stir. 
  • Top with sliced banana, nuts, and whipped cream. Serve immediately.
Keyword bananas and cream oatmeal, protein porridge

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