Gooey Banana Bread Batter Instant Steel-Cut Oatmeal



As I was flipping through Let Them Eat Vegan the other day (yup, still obsessed), I came across an interesting way to prepare steel cut oats. Dreena’s “Instant Steel Cut Oats” caught my eye because it claimed I could enjoy a hot bowl of steel cut oats in just minutes.

I love steel cut oats, but I don’t make them often unless I prepare my Make-ahead Steel Cut Oatmeal for several breakfasts worth. It takes a bit of planning in the evening (and planning is so not my forte), but the upside is that the recipe will last for at least a few breakfasts. That is, if I can keep myself from spooning it into my mouth all day and night. Outlook not promising.


With this method, you simply blend the steel cut oats into a flour. Yes, you will lose the chewiness of steel cut oats that us fans tend to love, but by grinding them you slash the cooking time by over 80%! I wouldn’t say this method is for all the time (unless of course you prefer a porridge like consistency), but it’s great in a pinch when you want the nutrition of steel cut oats, but don’t have the time.

Here’s how you make them:

1. Grind the steel cut oats and chia seeds in a high-speed blender.


2. Once the oats and chia seeds are ground into a flour, add them into a pot.


3. Add some almond milk (or milk of your choice).


4. Now stir in some mashed and chopped ripe bananas, vanilla, spices, and sweetener for this batch. My goal was to make an ultra gooey banana bread flavour.

5. Heat this mixture for only about 4-5 minutes! You now have virtually instant steel cut oatmeal with all the nutrition that we love, but in a fraction of the time.


Served with walnuts, raisins, maple syrup, and a touch of shaved chocolate…you are left with a crazy gooey oatmeal that reminds me so much of banana bread batter! It’s to die for. This batch makes a few servings and I should also tell you that it tastes absolutely wonderful straight from the fridge, cold, in a vegan overnight oats sort of way. Serving it chilled is perfect for all these warm mornings we are having lately.


Gooey Banana Bread Batter Instant Steel Cut Oatmeal

Vegan, oil-free, soy-free



Just like eating a big bowl of gooey banana bread batter, only better for you! If you like gooey, porridge-like breakfasts, you will go crazy for this one.
Inspired by Let Them Eat Vegan.

3 servings
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  • 3/4 cup steel cut oats, ground into a flour
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 ripe medium bananas (1 mashed and 1 chopped small)
  • 2 1/2 - 3 cups almond milk, as needed
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup, divided
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt & dash nutmeg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts, toasted if preferred, for garnish
  • 2 tbsp raisins, for garnish
  • Shaved dark chocolate, to garnish


  1. In a high-speed blender, grind the steel cut oats and chia seeds into a flour. Remove and place into a medium-sized pot.
  2. Stir in 2.5 cups of the milk and increase the heat to low-medium. Now stir in the mashed banana, the chopped banana, and 1 tbsp of maple syrup. Heat for 4-5 minutes, adding more milk if desired and reducing temperature if necessary.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon (to taste), a pinch of salt, vanilla, and dash of nutmeg (optional).
  4. Portion into bowls and top with chopped walnuts, raisins, and 1 tsp of pure maple syrup per bowl.


I encourage you to enjoy it cold, especially during warmer mornings, as I think I liked it even better served cold!

Looking for more oatmeal recipes?

Check out the top 5 most popular oatmeal recipes on my blog.

And if it’s too warm where you are to enjoy a hot bowl of oats, you can try one of my 12 Vegan Overnight Oats parfait recipes which are great on warmer mornings.


Well, we’re on the cusp of the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada. Yippee. I don’t know about you guys, but our weather forecast is calling for sunshine all weekend and highs of 26C! Absolutely crazy and unexpected for this time of the year. We’re heading up to the in-laws to spend the entire weekend playing outdoors. I’ll beInstagraming a bit and I might even do a quick blog recap if I get a chance. Cheers to the weekend!

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LizAshlee May 18, 2012

Oh my gosh…this breakfast sounds delicious…I would never think to grind the oats into flour and cook them…how creative! Gooey, warm, banana bread…my mouth is watering! Although it is warmer here in Colorado, I still like warm breakfasts, I get sooo cold so quickly when I have my green juices or smoothies so I actually prefer something warm! Happy Friday and have an awesome weekend playing outdoors!! :)


Jesse (Out To Lunch Creations) May 18, 2012

Wow instant steel cut oats is such a great idea! I would never have thought to put them in a processor first. I wonder if you could actually soak them over night for over night oats. I love adding the shaved chocolate as a garnish, delish!


Danielle May 18, 2012

i’ve actually only eaten steel cut oats in soaked overnight form! i tried to cook them once and ended up with some solidified sludge in a pot and never tried again lol. since i like the chewy texture of the overnight version i just stick with that :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2012

I tried soaking steel cut oats (not processed into a flour, but whole) as I know others enjoy it this way, but I was just not a fan. The steel cut oats dont get very soft or creamy and remain chewy. I thought I was going to love it but I just didnt.
Much preferred the rolled oats in overnight oats, but to each their own of course!


Kara @Nutritious-n-Delicious May 18, 2012

Love the idea of grinding the oats! I am not huge on their normally chewy texture for some reason. I like my oatmeal mushy. Haha. Thanks for the great idea!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2012

Well this one’s just for you then! :)


Steffany May 18, 2012

Can’t wait to try this !!! (:


Rosalie May 18, 2012

I love to make flour-porridges out of grains, particularly savory ones! Toasted barley, cumin seeds, and other spices like coriander/cinnamon/smoked paprika, ground up in my vita, then turned into a porridge (+ veggies, cilantro, jalapenos, nooch) is delicious. Or ground up lentils + barley/freekeh/steel cut oats = amazing and SO much faster.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2012

That sounds incredible! I used to make savoury oats back in the day, but now I’m intrigued to try out other variations. Sounds like the perfect rainy day breakfast or lunch!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 18, 2012

Yummmmm! Any recipe with ‘batter’ in the title gets my full attention! Question – do you have the dry blade container for your Vitamix, or have you just been grinding your grains in the regular one? I haven’t tried making any flours in mine yet and didn’t order the dry container, because I figured the regular 64-oz jug would probably do the trick. Any thoughts? Have a super sunny weekend! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2012

I don’t have the dry blade and just use my regular blade that came with the machine. When I first got my vitamix, I asked around and a lot of people said they just used the blade that came with the machine. That’s what I ended up doing too. Not sure if it’s horrible for the blade or not though…you might want to check with VM!


suzanne May 19, 2012

I have the dry blade and use it for flours – though when I do wheat berries I do not feel like they grind up as fine as if I were to buy flour (maybe I am not grinding long enough). I do not remember exactly but there was something about the blades/care/usage etc so if I were you I would check that out – would not want to ruin your blade – that machine is an investment! Maybe it is fine though.


Vicky (Sweet and Healthy Living) May 18, 2012

What a great idea! This combination looks delicious!


Heather May 18, 2012

Yummy – sounds delicious. Have a great long weekend … so excited about the gorgeous weather and getting outside for some fun activity with my boys :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2012

I swear it’s like a mid-summer long weekend, eh? Have fun with the boys. Looking forward to seeing you next week!


Katrina May 18, 2012

Oh wow!! This sounds like one fancy breakfast! Love this!


Erica May 18, 2012

I’ve never had the courage to make steel cut oatmeal before but have always wanted to try. I think this may be the motivation I needed!


Beth May 18, 2012

That looks amazing! Even though cold oatmeal doesn’t sound great, I’m always so hot after I run or swim that eating hot oatmeal makes me even hotter. I might have to give it a try!


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 18, 2012

I’ve never thought to grind my grains and make a porridge out of them. Really, brilliant! I’m just as obsessed with Dreena. Every single one of her cookbooks are awesome.
Enjoy the long weekend!


Cait's Plate May 18, 2012

YUM!! This looks insanely delicious!


Andrea May 18, 2012

This is such a great idea! And an amazing recipe too! Gooey banana bread INSTANT steel-cut oats?!!? Everything about that sentence is making me drool! Have a great weekend! :)


Catalina @ Cake with Love May 18, 2012

This is such a lovely recipe perfect for weekend!! I am making this tomorrow!


Ileana May 18, 2012

That’s a nifty trick. Thanks for sharing!


Kelly @leafynotbeefy May 18, 2012

While I can’t say I’ve ever tried banana bread batter, this does look and sounds super delicious! I’ve had old-fashioned oats made into flour for oatmeal, but never steel-cut oats. Yum!


Jenna Z May 18, 2012

Really there’s no reason to waste your steel cut oats to do this. You can get whole oats super cheap and grind them the same way! I call it cream of oat cereal.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2012

Yes, you can also use oat groats if you prefer.


Laura @ My Pink Thumb May 18, 2012

What a great idea! My hubby and I always pre-make a big pot of steel cut oats Sunday nights to last us the week. Sometimes it runs out early on and this would be a great idea for a substitute on those days when we don’t have any already made. :)


Char @ May 18, 2012

mmmmmmm this sounds so good! I love the idea of turning the oats into a flour first. I will have to try that! and shaved chocolate on top- yum!


Shawn Powell May 18, 2012

This look amazing… I am going to make it this weekend for sure. I LOVE your website.

I am not sure what “steel-cut” oats are. I have Bob Red Mill’s whole oats and instant oats. Which do you think would work better?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2012

You could probably use regular rolled oats in this recipe if need be.


Kristin May 18, 2012

Ahh this looks awesome, trying this tomorrow for a snack, I love steel cut oats in the morning with veggies(weird I know) but its takes forever! haha thanks for the recipe, I also been having cravings for banana bread- perfect timing !


Leah May 18, 2012

This is how my sis and I like to make them…ground into a flour.. much quicker and easier for the kiddos to eat! This recipe looks delish!


Madison @ Pilates Makes You Happy May 18, 2012

Victoria Day and Warm Weather RARELY combine! Yay!!

ps- recipe looks great!


Averie @ Averie Cooks May 18, 2012

Anything with the words Banana Bread Batter in the recipe title, I am so on board!

Sounds and looks delicious, Angela!


Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles May 18, 2012

I’m a tad obsessed with bananas lately – you read my mind with these oats!


Anna May 18, 2012

Oh yes!…I have half a container of steel cut oats that have been screaming to be used. I am making this tomorrow morning!


Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 18, 2012

I love that this is quick, but I don’t know that I could do the porridge mixture all the time! I love the chewiness of steel cut oats occasionally but will always be a fan of rolled oats in the end, I suppose. That being said, there’s nothing quite like a slow-cooked bowl ‘o steel cut on a lazy weekend morning :)


Laurel (Memoir Munchies) May 18, 2012

Thanks for the idea! Grinding the oats give it such a nice texture…and oats and banana are pretty much the most perfect combo!


Sara May 18, 2012

Could you make the same recipe with regular rolled oats (without grinding them)?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 19, 2012

I cant see why not!


Michaela@pilgrimageofhealth May 18, 2012

Since I can’t ever make baked goods without eating the batter, might as well make batter inspired breakfasts! YUM!


K May 18, 2012

This looks delish!! Must try this method, I don’t like that it takes so long in the morning to make oats normally, but I do prefer hot oats to overnight oats most of the time. This is a great time saver! Carrot cake flavoured oats would be good too ;)


Penny May 18, 2012

I make steel cut oats in my pressure cooker in about 10 minutes. This sounds good though for a change.


Cassandra May 18, 2012

I’ve also been cheating and using ground steel-cut oats in my overnight oats for a little while, now that it’s warmer and I don’t really feel like a hot bowl of anything in the morning. When I worked in an office, I used to make up a dry mix of the ground oats and cinnamon/spices and then would pour boiling water from the coffee maker over a container with other goodies (chia, molasses, dried fruit, etc.). It’s a great shortcut!


Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife May 18, 2012

Omg! That looks absolutely delicious! Will definitely be trying that soon!


Anna @ The Guiltless Life May 18, 2012

I love this! I had bananas in my oatmeal this morning, pureed into the milk before I cooked it, and it was fabuloso. I love that you made steel cut oats super fast to cook!

I’m heading over to a gulf island off the coast of BC to share a cabin with 8 friends this weekend, as it is one of their birthdays. Should be good times, I love long weekends, especially when they’re in summer!


Adina May 18, 2012

Oh my gosh, YES. I was just thinking yesterday that I need a delicious way to mix bananas and oatmeal. This is absolutely perfect. Also, as an Instagram addict, I’m so looking forward to seeing your photos.


Angela May 18, 2012

Oh man! When I read the title of this post my mouth instantly watered. Mmmm that looks delicious. I haven’t tried steel cut oats since they do take some time to prepare. I will have to try this recipe! Yippie for bananas too! :)


carol May 18, 2012

Hi! This sounds great, but can I use a regular blender? I don’t have a vitamix!


jan b May 18, 2012

This looks like dessert to me! I have go to try this!


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