Banana Nut Oatmeal

Banana Nut Oatmeal

It’s a chilly day outside, and it makes me think that it’s a good day to start with a warm bowl of oatmeal,  to help get the morning started.

When you are looking for a simple breakfast that is more “interesting” than plain old oatmeal, look no further than this recipe.  The challenge for oatmeal is that for a healthy eating pattern you typically want to get 20-25 grams of protein at every meal, while oatmeal by itself only provides around 5 grams of protein per serving. By being a little creative, you are able to boost the protein, and enhance the flavor,  without having to resort to scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage.

 Oatmeal is a good choice for breakfast

Easy and quick to make, it stores well in your pantry where it is always available when you don’t know what to make. It’s a good choice to start your day because it is nutritious, provides fiber, and fills you up before you start your busy day.

Yes, bananas are ok to eat

Yes, this recipe includes a banana. I don’t know quite why or when bananas got a bad reputation on the web.  However, I do not believe that bananas are bad to eat and, in moderation, bananas can certainly be part of a healthy eating plan for most people.  Bananas are a good source of potassium, are low in fat, and are a good source of fiber.

Walnuts and milk add extra protein

By adding walnuts and milk to the recipe I have increased the protein to nearly 13 grams per serving; dietary fiber per serving is about 8 grams (or nearly 30% of the recommended daily amount of fiber for people over age 50).  Note: If you follow a gluten-free diet, use gluten-free oatmeal instead of regular oatmeal to modify this recipe.

This recipe is part of my comfort food series.

Barbara Spalding RDN Culinary Dietitian

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Banana Nut Oatmeal
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Place oatmeal, sliced banana, milk and water in a small pan on top of the stove.
  2. Heat until oatmeal is cooked and creamy, stirring occasionally.
  3. Top with walnuts and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition information per serving:  347 calories; 8 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 grams transfat; 2 mg cholesterol; 54 mg sodium; 62 grams carbohydrate; 8 grams dietary fiber; 13 grams protein (values are approximate).

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