Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal
Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal

Whoever said, “Life is short. Eat dessert first,” probably meant first thing in the morning. Right? Hmm. While birthday cake for breakfast might sound like the stuff of dreams, it certainly won’t help you fit into your skinny jeans.

But this Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal might do the trick.

It’s got all of the flavor of a luscious slice of banana bread, without the oily fat (or the extra smear of butter on top). Cinnamon, nutmeg, and three whole bananas give it authentic “baked-in” taste.

Ground flax seeds give it extra nuttiness and a boost of fiber and healthy omega-3s. And, the best part is, this recipe cooks overnight and is ready to eat when you wake up!

Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal Recipe

It’s super simple to make: Just pour all of the ingredients into a slow cooker before you go to bed. In the morning, you’ll be able to fumble your way to the kitchen with your eyes half-closed by following the scent of freshly baked banana bread.

All you need to do is spoon your serving into a bowl, top it with chopped walnuts, maple syrup, and almond milk, and your banana bread breakfast is ready to eat (or heat it up in the microwave if it’s been stored in the fridge).

If you’re one of those people who leap out of bed at the first twinkle of the alarm, you might consider the additional, but worthwhile, step of toasting the walnuts you’ll sprinkle on your Banana Bread Oatmeal.

Simply heat a dry pan on the stove and toss in the walnuts. Gently shake the pan as they cook, until the nuts smell… well, nutty… then immediately remove them from the heat.

Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal

This slow cooker banana bread oatmeal is like having a healthy dessert for breakfast!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword banana bread oatmeal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings, about 3/4 cup each
Calories 326 kcal
Author Kirsten Morningstar


  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups unsweetened almond milk divided use
  • 1 cup dry steel-cut oats
  • 3 large ripe bananas mashed
  • 6 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 6 Tbsp. chopped raw walnuts


  1. Place water, 1 cup almond milk, oats, bananas, flaxseed, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg in a 3-quart slow cooker; cover. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until oats are soft but chewy.
  2. Top each serving evenly with maple syrup, walnuts, and remaining almond milk; serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 316mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 18g
Protein 9g 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photographs by Kirsten Morningstar