My Banana Bread High Protein Oatmeal is the perfect way to start the day (and the year!). It is packed with nutrients, protein and fiber to help you refuel after a workout or even just wake up and get a few tasks done around the house. Plus, it tastes like delicious banana bread!
So I have this itching feeling that you’ve made some sort of resolution that involves how your body looks… and I’m betting that you’re hoping to look smaller within a few magical months.
Well, I’m not going to tell you how to tackle your goals, but I will help fuel you for your journey to health and happiness.
Having a hefty bowl of protein oatmeal or porridge in the morning is truly setting yourself up for success in the morning. Whether you’ve woken up early for a morning sweat or you’re just trying to get your butt out the door, starting your day off with a good breakfast is essential.
I’ve been making a version of this bowl of Banana Bread High Protein Oatmeal almost every morning since I gave birth a few weeks ago. It comes together relatively quickly, you can use the stovetop or the microwave (yes, I use the wave), and it is packed with nutrients, protein and fiber.
This breakfast is perfect for fueling your day because you truly need a big bowl of nourishment to keep your brain on track…or for me, I need it just to make sure I can get from rolling out of bed to that time in the mid-afternoon when I get to either take a shower or do a little yoga on my matt (ie baby is sleeping and not demanding the boob).
It also is very nourishing to you breastfeeding mamas out there because oats promote healthy milk production. You also are stocking up on your omegas, protein, potassium, and warming foods (which help the body heal, according to a doula I talked to).
If you are Celiac, make sure your oats are gluten free. If you are vegan, you can nix the egg whites and use extra hemp hearts or a protein powder. The egg whites make this oatmeal so silky and fluffy, so definitely don’t be scared to use them! And if you are against having a leftover half of a banana, feel free to use the whole one, but otherwise I just throw the other half into a baggie and use it the next morning or throw it in a smoothie.
Ok, now on to the recipe…
- ½ cup rolled oats (gluten free)
- 1 cup water
- 2 egg whites
- 1 Tbs. flax seeds
- 1Tbs. hemp hearts
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. brown sugar (or a sprinkle of Stevia)
- ½ ripe banana
- 3 Tbs. pecans or walnuts (I use raw/whole, but use what you have)
- In the microwave or on the stovetop, cook the oats and water until fluffy and almost completely absorbed (every machine is different, but in my microwave it is 3:30 on 60% power; stovetop 5-10 minutes on low simmer). Then, stir in the egg whites and cook just a touch longer (my microwave, 30 seconds on full power; stovetop just 2 more minutes on low heat).
- Stir in the flax seeds, hemp hearts, coconut oil and cinnamon. Add the sweetener (brown sugar or Stevia) and taste; adjust to your liking. Slice in the ½ banana and add the nuts (I crush them in my palm as I add them). Eat, enjoy!
- If you can’t get yourself together to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning, cook it the night before and have it ready to reheat and eat when you wake up!