Real Food Recipes

Real Food: Banana Nut Oatmeal

I’ve never been a big breakfast kind of guy. Sure, I love bacon, eggs, and hash browns as much as the next person—but still, my go-to would be a muffin, a donut or a bowl of cereal any day over something heavy.

At the same time, there’s a huge window of temptation whenever I indulge in one of my breakfast go-tos. The donut might lead to a quick lunch at McDonald’s, and then a bowl of cereal for a snack and fast food again at dinner and then cookies late night.

I’m a true believer when it comes to my desire to be healthy. After a binge like that, I’m recommitting my life to my diet practice before bed. Repent and believe always, even when it comes to your diet devotional.

Food needs to taste good in order to add it to a repertoire. Any chance that you can get to make it a little more comforting is always a win, too. That’s why this oatmeal recipe has become a stable in my breakfast routine—it tastes good, and it is totally comforting. It evokes a sense of warm banana bread, but is filling enough to sit in your stomach so that you’re not hungry before lunch. The dish is sweet too, without added sugar.

Plus, this oatmeal comes together super quick and is totally portable. I wake up early for work. Sometimes I’m waking up at 5am so that I can arrive to work sometime around 7am. By the time that I work out, shower and say goodbye to my family it’s close to the time that I need to be out the door.

Putting together the ingredients for this dish probably takes less than 3 minutes. Old fashioned oats, banana, cinnamon, and a little vanilla extract. Just add hot water and you’re ready to go.

Is your office short on cooking supplies? No problem. All you need access to is hot water and a spoon.

What’s not to like? It could not be easier and it’s totally satisfying.

The Finished Product
The Finished Product

Banana Nut Oatmeal Recipe

1 Pint Mason Jar with Lid
2/3 Cup of Old Fashioned Oats
3 Tbsp. of Chopped Walnuts
1 Tbsp. of Ground Cinnamon
1.5 Tsp. of Vanilla Extract (Bourbon Vanilla Extract if you can find it)
1 Medium to Large Banana
Hot Water to desired consistency

Prepared for transport.
Prepared for transport.


Scoop 2/3 cup of old fashioned oats into mason jar. Add cinnamon, vanilla extract and walnuts and place lid on jar. Keep banana separate and unpeeled until you are preparing the dish for eating.

Annihilation Ritual

When you are ready to eat the dish, mash the banana in the banana peel by squeezing the banana in the peel. Scoop the mashed banana into the mason jar. Add boiling water to desired consistency and allow to sit for two minutes. Eat when hot.