3-Ingredient Steel Cut Oatmeal with Fried Banana (Vegan)

5 from 4 votes
Easy 3-ingredient steel cut oatmeal made with steel cut oats, almond milk, and maple syrup. Topped with fried bananas, crunchy almonds and almond butter for extra decadence! A restaurant-worthy breakfast recipe that's cozy and comforting!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
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Nov 27, 2016 (Last updated Aug 17, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani

3-Ingredient Steel Cut Oatmeal with Fried Banana (Vegan)

Fried Banana & Almond Maple Porridge

It’s been a really good week for me! First off, it felt great to get back into the kitchen and cook up some plant-based meals again, after travelling for work. I’m sure you know the feeling…The desire to get back into routine and having healthier plant-based options to choose from? I always find this a struggle with travelling! But, not only was it a good week for getting back into routine, I was also featured for my Red Berry and Barley Porridge on the Food & Wine Instagram page! Wahoo! This was my very first mention on a big Instagram account and MY did it feel good!!

Actually, I was walking Penny when I got the notification on my phone. I stopped dead in my tracks, and then turned around and sprinted home so fast you would think I was training for a marathon! I bolted up the stairs and burst open the door, yelling “MITCH!!! OMG GUESS WHAT!?” …The look of terror on his face was not what I had expected. I seemed to have totally scared the bejeepers out of him; wondering whether I had been chased home by bears! But, once I mentioned the good news he was as elated as I was. (What a great hubby!). This generous mention by Food & Wine, also helped me hit 1K followers on Instagram and it was a glorious feeling! yayayay! So I’ve been spending the rest of the week on a bit of a cloud, skipping around the house with a huge grin and positive mood.

And since my Red Berry & Barley Porridge was a popular favourite, I wanted to share another one of my fav breakfast bowls this winter. Say hello to my Fried Banana & Almond Maple Porridge. This porridge uses traditional steel cut oats cooked in creamy almond milk. But there’s a modern twist on this traditional dish: fried bananas.

…HOLY BANANAS! If you haven’t tried this sweet fried fruit you must do so immediately!!

I have always loved bananas. To the point where I need one everyday, or I’m a terror to be around. (Heaven forbid you take the last banana in the fruit basket). They don’t call me Hannah Banana for nothing! And I really didn’t think bananas could get any better until I tried them fried. Fried bananas are a true gift. They are perfectly sweet with a gooey caramelized texture that’s completely euphoric. Ask me what I’d request on my death bed? Fried bananas! Actually, I only recently discovered this wonderful food having seen it appear on a few snap stories from my Instagram idols like Anet Velsberg and So Beautifully Real. And when you pair fried bananas with oats? It’s intoxicating! I must also give some credit to the almonds in this recipe of course – who play a vital supporting role. Not only is the porridge cooked in creamy almond milk, but the bowl is drizzled with gooey almond butter and then sprinkled with the toasted nut. The combination of the almond drizzle and crunch, along side the fried banana and oaty base is pure zen. Drizzle it with maple syrup and you may as well call it quits for the day. Because nothing will beat this dish until you wake up tomorrow and serve it again! It’s a completely tranquil dish that requires only eating, sleeping and eating again. I wouldn’t be surprised if bears hibernated to these bowls. In fact, this must have been what Goldilocks found in Baby Bear’s bowl that caused her to eat the entire lot and then pass out in his bed! I mean, to fall asleep in a house full of bears? She’d totally gone fried bananas!

So go bananas for this beautiful bowl of Fried Banana and Almond Maple Porridge. I’m sure it will be your new favourite dish this winter. Because, my friends, I promise you that “this porridge is juuust right.” 🙂

 Almond Maple Porridge

3-Ingredient Steel Cut Oatmeal with Fried Bananas (Vegan)

5 from 4 votes
Easy 3-ingredient steel cut oatmeal made with steel cut oats, almond milk, and maple syrup. Topped with fried bananas, crunchy almonds and almond butter for extra decadence! A restaurant-worthy breakfast recipe that's cozy and comforting!
Fried Banana & Almond Maple Porridge
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Serves 2 people


Steel Cut Oatmeal


  • 1/4 cup almonds , roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1 banana halved, and sliced lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp almond butter


Steel cut oatmeal:

  • Add the steel cut oats to a medium saucepan and bring to medium heat. Toast the oats, stirring often until lightly toasted and they create a nutty aroma, about 5 mins. Then pour in the almond milk, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine.
  • Increase the heat to bring the oatmeal to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low so that the oatmeal is simmering. Cook the oatmeal, stirring iften, until the oatmeal is soft, thickened and pleasantly chewy, about 25-30 mins. (Optional to add splashes more almond milk while cooking to thin for desired consistency).


  • While the oatmeal is cooking, add the coconut oil to a medium skillet and bring to medium heat. Sprinkle the pan with coconut sugar and cinnamon. Add the halved bananas (4 slices) to the skillet and fry until golden browned and caramelized, about 30s-1 min. Flip each slice, and cook the other side until golden brown and carmelized as well. Remove from heat.
  • Pour the steel cut oatmeal into bowls and top each with the fried bananas. Add 1 tbsp of almond butter to each bowl and sprinkle with the chopped almonds.
  • Divide oats between two bowls and top with fried bananas. Drizzle with almond butter, sprinkle with toasted almonds. Optional to add more maple syrup to taste.


Nutritional information is a rough estimate.



Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 718mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 17g

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  1. I love finding new ways to eat steel cut oats and this one is definitely delicious! Thanks!

    • Hi Deanna! The white looking addition is in fact the porridge. I did sprinkle with hemp hearts for styling purposes but it’s not necessary to make/enjoy this recipe. Will leave it up to you!

  2. Hi.this looks amazing.definitely will try.what is the creamy on top?looks like coconut yogurt but it isn’t listed in your recipe. I want to make sure I do not miss any goodness.lol