Oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring! This Strawberry Banana Oatmeal is ready in 5 minutes and sure to brighten up your otherwise average weekday morning!
(This recipe for Strawberry Banana Oatmeal was originally posted in June 2009, but was updated with new photos in 2019).
Oatmeal is so boring, right?? But it doesn’t have to be! I promise! Not only is oatmeal one of the easiest breakfasts to throw together, it’s also one of the healthiest. And you can make it even more delicious with just a few super quick and simple fixes. Namely, some fruit. OK, and some brown sugar, too.
As you may already know, I love my oatmeal. A lot. And you know when you have total brand loyalty to a product? That’s how I am with Quaker. I cannot bear buying oats that aren’t Quaker Oats. I’m sure it has something to do with my childhood. When I was at the grocery store last night, I was disappointed they only had super huge containers of it. Then I thought about it and realized I had no problem getting 2 lbs. of Quaker Oats because I’m obviously going to eat them all. Starting with this very easy oatmeal breakfast.
STRAWBERRY BANANA OATMEAL RECIPE
OK, so I realize this recipe is barely a recipe. Most of us know how to put together a bowl of oatmeal and adding fruit to it is not rocket science. But I kind of feel like this post is a bit of a public service announcement. Attention friends: oatmeal is easy and strawberry banana oatmeal is ridiculously delicious with almost no work involved. Stop calling oatmeal boring and start waking up to this delicious and totally satisfying breakfast that will get you straight through to lunchtime.
Strawberry banana is basically my favorite flavor combination ever and though I might prefer a strawberry banana daiquiri, I feel like those are looked down on in the morning. So for now, I’m sticking with strawberry banana oatmeal.
My oatmeal making secret? The microwave is your friend. Especially when you’re making oatmeal for one. I simply mix my old-fashioned oats and water in a small bowl and put them in the microwave for about 1 minute and 40 seconds.
When you first take it out of the microwave, it may still look a little watery, but don’t worry, it will thicken up very quickly. Now for the rest of the “recipe”… Simply stir in a little brown sugar and some strawberry and banana slices. Then top the oatmeal with more strawberries and bananas.
Obviously it’s easy for you to control the sweetness of this oatmeal. If you don’t like starting your day with added sugar, you don’t have to add it at all. And if you need a lot of added sugar to make oatmeal appealing to you, feel free to add more. Sprinkling some on top is fun, too. You can also sprinkle cinnamon on top for some extra oomph.
And add in as much fruit as you want. The key is really stirring in chopped fruit while the oatmeal is hot… It kind of infuses the strawberry banana flavor throughout the oatmeal and tastes so much better than simply adding it on top!
I paired my strawberry banana oatmeal with a cup of black coffee- the only way I like my coffee and the perfect way to wake up. Also, since I don’t add sugar to my coffee, I figure that gives me a little more leeway with adding sugar to my oatmeal. Right? Right??? That’s what I thought.
This is the perfect breakfast, but to be honest, I enjoy oatmeal any time of the day. And even for dessert. And this is one oatmeal I make over and over again, especially when strawberries are in season. Now, if only the rain would stop, this would be the perfect Friday!