My go-to breakfast recipe for something quick, easy, and healthy is a bowl of easy protein oatmeal. This peanut butter and banana protein oatmeal is a big bowl of oatmeal packed with protein, healthy fats, and delicious fruity ingredients that will fuel you for the day!
Easy protein oatmeal
I have an obsession with protein oatmeal. One of my absolute favorite ways to start the day is with a big bowl of oats topped with all sorts of delicious ingredients! This recipe is very similar to my original easy protein oatmeal recipe, but this one has a banana and peanut butter twist. This bowl of peanut butter and banana protein oatmeal is quick, easy, healthy, and an incredibly delicious breakfast. I hope you enjoy this bowl of protein power oats!
What ingredients do I need?
The recipe only requires a few ingredients. I love recipes that are EASY and use what I already have in the pantry and this recipe definitely meets those requirements. You’ll need:
- Quick oats – I prefer quick oats, but you could use steel-cut, rolled, old-fashioned, or whatever kind of oats you like best.
- Water – This will be used to cook the oats.
- Egg Whites – I always add egg whites to my oatmeal if I’m able! It is a great way to add protein using whole foods, plus it gives a thick and creamy texture.
- Banana – Topping with some sliced banana will add extra carbs and some sweetness.
- Nut Butter – Using nut butter will add healthy fats to the oatmeal to keep you fueled. Plus, it tastes amazing. A natural nut butter will be best because it’ll be extra creamy!
- Granola – A sprinkle of your favorite granola will add a crunch to the oatmeal. It’s not totally necessary, but I think makes for a better bowl.
Should I really add egg whites?
I always, always add protein to oatmeal because it helps keep me full and fueled—it’s where the power comes from! My not-so-secret secret to adding protein to oats is not protein powder, but egg whites! When I tell people I add egg whites for protein, they usually are skeptical, but hey: don’t hate it until you try it. Liquid egg whites are high in protein and they add a thick and creamy texture to the oats. Starting your day with protein power oats will help keep you fuller for longer!
Are there any substitutions?
- Oats – You can use whatever kind of oats you have on hand! If you’d rather use flavored oatmeal packets, that’s great as well.
- Egg whites – Adding egg whites will make the bowl have more protein, but it’s definitely not a requirement for microwave oatmeal.
- Banana – The banana is the key topping to this and will definitely make the oatmeal more sweet.
- Nut butter – I like natural peanut butter or almond butter, but you can use any kind of nut butter you have available.
- Granola – There isn’t a certain kind of granola you should use — whatever you like best! My favorite kind is whatever I have in my pantry.
How do I cook this?
I've now shared two methods for making protein oatmeal -- microwave oatmeal and stovetop oatmeal. Both methods work great, so you can choose which is easiest for you!
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Can I have the recipe?
The key to make this bowl is the banana and nut butter! The granola adds a crunchy and sweet addition as well. However, every bowl of protein oatmeal looks different based on what you have in your pantry or what YOU like to eat. If you try this recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts!
Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Oatmeal
- small pot
- ½ cup quick oats
- 1 cup water
- ⅓ cup liquid egg whites
- 1 banana sliced
- 1 tbsp nut butter
- 1 tbsp of granola
- Dash of salt optional
- Place rolled oats, water, and salt in a small pot over medium-low heat.
- Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the oats.
- Raise heat to medium, add egg whites, and whisk continuously for about 2 minutes, until egg whites have cooked and oatmeal is thick and creamy.
- Remove from heat and pour into a bowl.
- Top the oats with banana, nut butter, and granola.