I really wish I was one of those people who could wake up at 5 am, go for a run, spend an hour getting ready and still have time to enjoy a cup of coffee with a good book before my family wakes up. As many times as I add it as a New Year’s goal, I just can’t seem to execute on it. Our morning generally consists of hitting snooze 5 times at 8 minutes a pop, scrambling out of bed, running downstairs to encourage the kids out of bed and then the mad dash to get ourselves ready and out the door. Breakfast is one of those fast foods around our house, and I’m not talking about the McDonald’s kind. It has to be fast, it has to be easy and without the bad stuff.

Ready pack cereal bowls, freezer waffles, pop tarts and oatmeal packets all line the breakfast aisles tempting us with their convenience.  It’s tempting I assure you, but I think I found a better way. I started making this oatmeal when I was following a pretty rigorous clean eating diet. It is fast to assemble at home (2 minutes) and I can heat it up and eat it at work (3 minutes). The best part is you skip the processed hogwash lining the shelves and control your sugar intake. I’ve added some bells and whistles that add great texture, flavor and health benefits. The best part is, this oatmeal isn’t just for the quick I’m-late-for-work weekday breakfast, it makes a really great family Sunday breakfast also. This is sure to be a quick win!

Banana Nut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 ripe banana, broken into small chunks
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp hemp hearts (optional)


  1. In a 4 cup or larger microwavable storage bowl combine the oats, milk, banana, cinnamon and salt. Cover with a tight lid and pack away in your lunch bag. Don't forget to pack your hemp hearts and walnuts to garnish your oatmeal later.
  2. When you are ready to eat remove the lid from your oatmeal container and pop it in the microwave. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir your oatmeal and microwave for 1 more minute. Stir your oatmeal again and cook for 1 last minute. My oatmeal always seems to boil over during that last minute of cook time so keep an eye on it.
  3. Your bananas at this point should have completely incorporated into your oatmeal. If not, give the stubborn ones a little smash with your spoon. Or leave them if you want to find the little banana bites later.
  4. Garnish with the hemp hearts and walnuts. Make sure you allow your oats to cool a bit so you don't burn your face off! And enjoy!


I love my Pyrex glass food storage set. Great tight snap-able lids, as durable as glass can be and none of the chemicals hidden in plastic-ware. I picked my set up at Costco but they can also be found at Amazon, Target or kitchen supply stores.