Pan fried banana berry oatmeal is not your typical oatmeal! It’s moist on the inside, crispy on the outside, and bursting with flavor from fresh bananas and strawberries. Kids and adults love this recipe, and it easily comes together in just a few minutes.
I learned about fried oatmeal from a Facebook friend of mine last week (thanks, Cliff!). As he described it, all I could think of was deep fried oatmeal, which sounded less than stellar to me.
Don’t misunderstand, because the fact is, I love fried foods. Fried snacks like Parmesan avocado fries make my heart go pitter pat, but I couldn’t wrap my brain around deep frying healthy oats. Once Cliff explained that the oatmeal isn’t slathered in batter and tossed into 4 inches of hot oil, but rather, nestled into a tablespoon of melted butter and pan fried, my entire outlook on making the dish changed. This was something I HAD to try!
Cliff’s recipe calls for making traditional oatmeal, just as if you’re going to eat it from the bowl. For an extra health boost, I added some Greek yogurt, a banana, and a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder. If you’re not into adding all of those extras into your oatmeal, feel free to leave them out and just make up the oatmeal any way that you know you’ll enjoy it. Chill it in a loaf pan until it sets and then slice and pan fry per my instructions below.
I picture this oatmeal drizzled with warm syrup, fruit compotes like blueberry jam, or even some yogurt for dipping. No matter how you decide to make and serve this, I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!
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Here’s the pan fried banana berry oatmeal recipe.
Pan Fried Banana Berry Oatmeal
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking or instant)
- 1 scoop Pure Protein Whey Powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 large ripe banana
- 3 ounces (about 1/2 container) raspberry flavored Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 ounces (1/2 liquid cup) water
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Grease the inside of a standard sized loaf pan with butter or non-stick spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mash banana. Add yogurt, vanilla extract, and water; stir to combine.
- In a large microwaveable dish, whisk together rolled oats, cinnamon, and protein powder. Add wet ingredients to bowl with dry ingredients. Use a spatula and stir until well combined.
- Place dish into microwave and cook for 3 minutes. Remove dish from microwave, and use a spatula to transfer oatmeal into the loaf pan; spread evenly. Cover pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10-20 minutes, or until oatmeal has set and is firm enough to slice. (I allowed mine to sit in the refrigerator over night. It popped right out of the pan and was very easy to cut into slices)
- Melt butter in a frying pan over medium high heat.
- Slice oatmeal loaf into 8 -12 even slices (each serving will be 2 slices). When butter has melted and is bubbling, lay slices of oatmeal in pan and allow them to cook for 2 minutes, or until lightly crispy. Flip slice and repeat on other side.
- Serve with warm syrup or fruit compote.
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