This banana nut healthy oatmeal is one of my latest favorites. You would think breakfast would be one of the easiest meals of the day, but you do need to make sure you're getting enough protein, especially if you're doing a fast like The Daniel Fast or if you're vegan or vegetarian.
We all know oatmeal is a healthy way to break your fast, but what kind of oatmeal are you eating? I shudder to think back to when my kids were young and we began the day with instant sugary oatmeal. What was I thinking?
Is All Oatmeal Healthy?
Let's be honest; that instant oatmeal is no better than the sugary cereals that line the aisles of your grocery store. In fact, the biggest difference, nutritionally, between instant oatmeal and old fashioned rolled oats is sugar.
One serving of those flavored packages of instant oatmeal has about 12 grams of sugar! Life cereal has 6 grams of sugar. Rolled oats have one gram of sugar. It's an easy choice.
Steel-cut oats retain the most nutrition out of all the oat varieties. They take a little longer to prepare but have much better flavor. And oatmeal is gluten-free, so it's a great way to start the day for just about everyone.
Banana Nut Healthy Oatmeal
This healthy oatmeal recipe with almond butter and banana is so delicious and adds extra protein to your breakfast with no added sugar. If you are cutting out sugar for the Daniel Fast or any other reason, be sure to read labels!
Even Barney almond butter has varieties with added sugar. You've got to read those labels.
You can make one serving of this oatmeal at a time, or make a couple of servings as it refrigerates well. I usually make enough for my family, but if it was just me, I'd totally make a few servings and save it for another day.
How to Prepare Healthy Oatmeal
Gather your ingredients.
Prepare the steel-cut oats according to the directions on the box.
Stir in the almond butter while oats are still warm. I used the Barney brand this time, but you can use any brand as long as it does not contain sugar.
Top with walnut pieces and sliced bananas.
What Else Can I Add to This Healthy Oatmeal?
You can add any kind of fruit you enjoy to this recipe. Believe it or not, mango is wonderful in oatmeal! Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries are all great choices.
In fact, steel-cut oats make a great breakfast when you're on Weight Watchers. This recipe is about 5 SmartPoints.
Banana Nut Healthy Oatmeal
- ¼ C oats steel-cut
- 2 tsp almond butter no sugar added
- ½ banana
- 1 ½ Tbsp walnuts
- Prepare the steel-cut oats according to the directions on the box.
- Stir in the almond butter while oats are still warm. I use Justin's, but you can use any brand as long as it does not contain sugar.
- Top with walnut pieces and sliced bananas.