So you wake up in the morning and decide you want banana bread for breakfast. Only, you find yourself with a few problems:
- you only have a microwave and no oven
- you don’t have flour/baking powder/eggs
- you have to be at class or work in 20 minutes and you’re still in bed
I’m all for making delicious banana bread to enjoy at any time of the day, but when I’m not about to get up an hour earlier in the morning to make and bake it. That’s where banana bread protein oatmeal comes in!
Not only is this option much quicker than actual banana bread, it’s healthier too! It’s got a very simple ingredient list (oats, banana, vanilla protein powder) plus it’s basic enough you can add all your favourite mix-ins!
In the picture above, I’ve shown two different kinds of protein powder: Vega, a vegan/plant-based protein powder, and a Whey protein blend. I used the whey protein powder for this recipe, but Vega is usually my protein powder of choice. (I don’t have much left, and I’m trying to ration it).
If you don’t have any protein powder on hand, no worries! To get the flavour, add some vanilla extract, and to get the punch of protein, mix in a couple of egg whites before cooking your oats.
Banana Bread Protein Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 ripe banana, sliced or mashed
- ~3/4 cup water, depending on how thick you like your oatmeal (more water –> thinner oatmeal)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (My favourite is Vega, but you can also use other brands such as EXAMPLES)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (highly recommended)
- Optional add-in’s: nut butter, seeds, chocolate chips (!!), berries
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine oats, water, and protein powder.
- Microwave on high for 1 minute, making sure it doesn’t boil over.
- Take out of microwave and add in banana and cinnamon. Make sure to mash the banana so it has completely “dissolved” into the oats.
- Microwave the oat mixture again for about 30 seconds, watching to make sure it doesn’t boil over. When the oats start to puff up (watch for this), they are sufficiently cooked and ready for eating!
- Remove oats from microwave (careful it will be hot!) and add desired toppings. My favourites include: nut butter (peanut butter and almond butter), chocolate chips, berries (blueberries, strawberries), chia/hemp/sunflower/pumpkin seeds, banana slices, more cinnamon, and maple syrup!
If you like banana bread (especially banana bread batter), you gotta try this!!