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Banana Bread in a Bowl

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Bananas for Bananas.

This recipe has all the flavor and nutrition of moist, delicious banana bread, just in a different form. It also makes a great snack.


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  • 1 banana (I use a frozen one, but you don't have to)
  • 1-2 tablespoons walnuts, optional
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup flake cereal, such as Arrowhead Mills' spelt flakes (You can use a gluten-free cereal)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Put all the ingredients into a blender, and blend. Now eat! This gets thicker, the longer it sits.

For a fun twist, try using the *Melted Banana Trick*

Oh, and cinnamon or chocolate chips make nice additions. But then again, chocolate chips make a nice addition to anything!

Nutritional Information:

  • This banana version will have about 245 calories, 7 grams fiber, 7 grams protein, and 3 grams fat.
  • The pumpkin version will have about 175 calories, 8 grams fiber, 7 grams protein, and 3 grams fat.
  • The gingerbread version will have about 215 calories, 7 grams fiber, 7 grams protein, and 3 grams fat. If you use blackstrap molasses, you’ll also get a healthy dose of iron and calcium :).

It’s very filling, for not a lot of calories. So if you’re not watching your weight, I suggest planning to have something calorie-dense alongside. (Some of my favorite sides include peanut butter on a spoon, extra walnuts, or… anything chocolate!)

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. urban vegan says:

    Great idea. Sounds E-Z, too.

  2. VeggieGirl says:

    nice!! I love all your blender/food processor recipes (i.e. that pudding, the oatmeal, and now THIS delicious cereal!!)

  3. maybepigscanfly says:

    Great idea- I would never have thought to put cereal in a blender. And I think the frozen banana is a must. They’re so much better that way!

  4. Vegan_Noodle says:

    I like the idea of adding cereal, a perfect addition to any smoothie! Breakfast is so my favorite meal…

  5. Kumudha says:

    For some crunchiness, I think I won’t blend the cereal!

  6. Gaia says:

    Hi Beautiful Little Vegan :)

    Wow, I make something similar but have never thought of adding cereal. Cool !

  7. Theresa says:

    Yummy. Sounds good, simple, and nutritious!

    I was given the book as a christmas gift, and Andy and I made an entire dinner out of various appetisers for his family, and everyone loved everything. It’s an omni-pleaser, at least!

  8. Vegetation says:

    I LOVE this idea! As a chronic breakfast skipper maybe I should try to wake up with this one. Putting cereal in there for some added fibre is a great idea too. (Plus it sounds yummy and if it’s yummy I’m more likely to actually stick with it!).

    Right I’m off to hunt down these oatmeal and pudding blender recipes of yours now!

  9. Amy says:

    Yes, that sounds great. But do you drink it or eat it with a spoon?

  10. Maggie says:

    AND this!! So good!

  11. joy says:

    I think this is the extreme close-up

  12. Christine says:

    Ohhh Yummm! I must try this one :)

  13. Beth says:

    I made this tonight, with 1/2 banana and some bran twigs. I heated it up in the microwave before eating…soo good! Another addition to my cereal repertoire!

  14. Wow – you just blend it – with cereal?! Any kind of cereal? Does it have a smooth, liquid-y texture? Need a fancy blender? 😉

    1. Any flake cereal, even a gluten-free one (I know a lot of people like Mesa Sunrise). Or bran flakes. The texture is *kinda* like cream of wheat, but thicker.

      1. Oh, and you can use any blender or even a magic bullet.

  15. Isabel says:

    I absolutely love your breakfast recipes! I miss some quinoa recipes though.. it is the yummiest, healthiest, nutritious (also gluten-free and vegan) “grain” there is! (technically it’s a seed) maybe an idea for some new recipes..? :)

    1. Oh Isabel, you are so right! I neglect quinoa :(. Confession: I still haven’t found a way that I like it. I keep trying, because it’s SO healthy. I haven’t tried it in a breakfast recipe yet, though, so thanks to your comment I’m going to put that on my list!!

      1. Isabel says:

        Ohh I see! I enjoy my bowl of quinoa every morning like this:
        Usually, on Sundays, I cook quinoa (37 grams for one day, so 185 grams for 5 days) and put it in a tight-lid box in my fridge. Then the morning after, I take 1/5 of that; fluff it, pour soy milk over it and put in the microwave. I usually also add a handful of raisins :) but that’s just me of course.. Pretty boring, haha!

        1. Raisins make EVERYthing better. I’m about to have some in my oat bran! :)

      2. Grace says:


        I make my quinoa with almond milk, then add cinnamon, agave, unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, and sliced banana! It’s a great breakfast bowl.

        Love your blog. Enjoy!

  16. Isabel says:

    YES they absolutely do! I also like mixing cocoa powder with a tiny bit of soy milk and splenda, making small balls and putting them in the freezer, and then adding them to e.g. cereal: same effect (little sweets) as raisins :)

  17. FYI- just went to the store to buy flake cereal so I could make this!! :)

  18. Jessica says:

    I got all the stuff for this and made it this morning. It turned out AMAZING, tastes just like banana bread :) Is it supposed to be somewhat thick? Mine came out smoothie consistency, so I’m drinking it instead of eating it :)

    1. Mine’s always pretty thick. It also gets thicker as it sits.

  19. Rebecca says:

    Wow! I made this for breakfast and what a treat! It’s so healthy and so easy.

  20. Katy Huie says:

    Love this recipe! Linked to it on my blog today and my friends are loving it too. I have a feeling I’m going to be linking to you a lot now that I know about you. Thanks to Sweet Tater Blog for that introduction!

  21. That looks so delicious. Have you ever tried it using rolled oats? I just bought a huge bag from the bulk bin at Whole Foods and I’m trying them different ways.

    1. I haven’t! That sounds like a terrific idea!

  22. Laura says:

    I just made this and added a dash of cinnamon as well – it looks like that’s in the picture but not in the recipe? If you haven’t tried with cinnamon though, definitely do – makes it amazing!

    1. Oh wow, I really should try it with cinnamon, huh? And add it to the recipe! The gorgeous photos are from a good blogging friend, Ricki. I never noticed the cinnamon until you pointed it out. Thank u!! :)

      1. Laura says:

        Just made it again and this time in addition to the cinnamon, I added vanilla extract and just the tiniest dash of nutmeg (was just trying to think of what other spices are in real banana bread). You HAVE to try it with those – so amazing!!!

        1. The recipe does have vanilla extract. But lol I actually don’t like nutmeg! I’m weird :-?.

  23. Finadoodle says:

    GAH so delicious! I altered your recipe a little (mainly because I was short on banana), but this is a bowl of pure genius.
    1/2 cup banana (I always keep a big bowl of sliced up banana in the freezer)
    2/3 cup kamut flake cereal
    1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
    1 tbsp. chia gel (added liquid, extra crunch and protein!)
    1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
    The result? Utter awesomeness. (Even my mom approved, so we know it’s legit.) Keep ’em coming!

    1. I love your idea to add chia!

  24. caroline says:

    eergh im going to try this with a bigger batch of oatmeal, since im all out flake cereal. i’ll let you know how it comes out.

  25. Erin says:

    This was super tasty and extremely filling! My picky 1.5 year old loved it!

  26. Kristie says:

    Arrowhead Mills Organic Maple Buckwheat Flakes gluten-free cereal is working really well for me in your “in a bowl” recipes. I am loving these new breakfast options! So glad I found you! :)

  27. Anonymous says:

    I need to know the carb content to figure out how many weightwatchers points

  28. Beverly says:

    I JUST found you. I noticed that you didn;t include the carbsand grams inBanana Bread Blender Cereal or the Pumpkin Bread in a Bowl. Do you have those numbers?

    1. Sorry, I don’t. I’ve only ust started giving full recipe nutrition stats as of a few months ago, due to extreme demand.

  29. avi says:

    i made this and it’s delicious, and i’m a huge fan of your recipes! BUT — i think it’s important to note that the calories appear to be way off. most cereal alone are around 175 calories per cup, before pumpkin or banana and milk alternative. add chocolate, sweetener, walnuts – you’re looking at a much higher caloric intake.

    1. The calorie count is actually correct. Most bran flakes or spelt flakes are only around 120 calories. And unless otherwise stated, optional ingredients aren’t included in nutritional info. Hope that clarifies! :)

  30. Sarah says:

    I made this for breakfast this morning! Delicious! I used rolled oats instead of cereal because it’s all I had. I also added some flax and wheat bran because I like the texture. So yummy!!

  31. Alanna says:

    This is so good!! I’d been meaning to try this for a long time, but I haven’t purchased cold cereal since finding this blog; who wants raisin bran, when you can have chocolate strawberry hugs oatmeal? It was awesome right out of the blender, but I liked it even better after letting it thicken for 15-20 min in the fridge. I had to make the oatmeal raisin Larabars to distract myself while I waited because I was so impatient, lol.

  32. Mia says:

    I completely changed the banana bread concept into chocolate… I used chocolate soy milk, agave, and cocoa powder. Oh my gosh. It was almost like chocolate mousse :O especially since I let it sit for 3 hours in the fridge and stirred in a bunch of chocolate chips! I’m in love with your blog and these cereal recipes :)

    1. Aw thanks, Mia! I’ve actually done a chocolate version too… I think I like it better than the original. Maybe because it’s chocolate? 😉

  33. Rachel says:

    Hi Katie! This looks delicious! I have been trying a lot of your dessert recipes and they are all great! I’m excited to try making something a little more substantial ;). You’re awesome about making this blog compatible with pinterest, but could you put printer-friendly recipe links also? Thanks! =)

    1. Unfortunately, I can’t add the plugin at the moment due to a corrupt file on my page. I’m working on it, though!

  34. Gail Wheeler says:

    It’s just fun seeing what you come up with. And trying some of the recipes.
    I use my Demarle at Home molds and trays for everything now which keeps foods from sticking with the oils and flours.
    And I plan on getting a Vitamix soon which will help I’m sure with some of you recipes and others..
    Thanks for all your recipes..

  35. Laura says:

    I made this today and it was great! I couldn’t believe how sweet and yummy it was without any added sweetener (I used unsweetened almond milk). I used Cheerios instead of flake cereal and I wasn’t sure it was going to work but it did. Can’t wait to try the pumpkin and gingerbread versions. Come up with some more “in a bowl” recipes please! :)

  36. Susannah says:

    I love your pumpkin and banana bread in a bowl!! I think you have changed my life..there may be before and after pics to follow…I have tried several of your recipes and love every one! This morning I used frozen strawberries in my banana bread in a bowl then added homemade chocolate chips! Delicious!!!

  37. Looking at this recipe, I realized that it’s pretty much what I have every day for breakfast, but blended! (Except I don’t add vanilla to my bran flakes and banana!) So I was curious to try it . . . and blending my favorite breakfast turns out AMAZING. Thanks so much for the idea!

  38. Alex says:

    I LOVE this recipe! Thanks for posting it =) Here’s another trick to try: I heat up the almond milk in the microwave and then stew a chai tea bag in it until I have chai tea almond milk (this is my favorite drink, and tastes great with a little stevia!) and then add that to the mix. Yum!

  39. Kavli says:

    I just discovered this recipe via Pinterest though I’m a huge fan of your blog. I made it and OMGoodnees this is seriously delicious!! I used Special K flakes and almond milk. YUM-O! Thanks Katie!

  40. Olivia says:

    I’m trying to figure out how you came up with 245 calories for this recipe. In an above comment, you said that spelt flakes have about 120 calories per cup, which I confirmed. A cup of skim milk is about 85 calories according to multiple sources. We’re at 205 calories, and that leaves only 40 calories for the banana if you say this recipe is 245 calories. A small banana contains 90 calories. That puts us at 295 calories. So there’s about a 50 calorie discrepancy here. Could you help us understand how you came up with 245 calories for this?

    Thank you.

    1. Anonymous says:

      um duh, her blog is a vegan blog so obviously she doesn’t use skim milk for nutrition facts!

    2. Silver says:


      Well cereal (120) + small banana (90), + 1 cup unsweetened Silk Pure Almond Milk (35) = (245). Hope this helps :)

  41. Mary says:

    I am on Weight Watchers and I need to know how many carbs the pumpkin cereal has? I really want to try but I don’t know how to plug it into their formula.


  42. Tina says:

    I didn’t have any cereal, so I added some cooked quinoa I had in the fridge.
    It’s so good! You have the best recipes!! Thanks!

  43. julia yoder says:

    No carbs on nutritional info?

  44. Christine says:

    If you use old fashioned oats in the pumpkin bread in a bowl do you cook it first? Or do you mix everything together and refrigerate? Also, is a vita mix and a blendtec appliance both a blender and a food processor? Thanks!

  45. Alexis says:

    Made this the night before and added chia seeds and pb2 to the recipe and it enhanced an already delicious recipe! I highly recommend it!

  46. Karen says:

    Just tried this today for breakfast since I’m off work and had time to make it. I used a fresh banana and I think a frozen one is a must for this (or maybe reducing the milk if using a fresh one), as the consistency of it after being blended was rather runny…and I didn’t want to drink it. 😉 I added a little bit more flakes, and let it sit in the fridge for a few minutes and it did get a little thicker. It does taste pretty good tho (especially with a dash of cinnamon added) and I think if I make it again, I will definitely use a frozen banana. I just didn’t have any on hand today. Next I;m going to try your baked oat meal! I purposely bought some pumpkin yesterday to try the pumpkin one. :)

  47. shannon says:

    How many carbs are in this?

  48. marissa says:

    Is the nutrition information for the whole recipe? It was so filling I was surprised it was so low in calories!

  49. Masyn says:

    So, I just tried this for the first time. It took about two minutes to make and then I let it sit in the freezer for a little bit – DELICIOUS! Oh, and I added some cinnamon, which complimented the banana flavor excellently!

  50. Melina says:

    Hi Katie! This looks amazing :) do you think rice chex would work for the cereal? I’m desperate to try this but we don’t have many flake cereals at my grocery store except for frosted flakes :(

  51. Richard says:

    this looks really good, but it would be very helpful if you would include Total Carbs in the nutritional information.

  52. Natalie says:

    Katie, I have just recently discovered your blog. I absolutely LOVE it. I love all of your {insert yummy stuff here} bread in a bowl recipes. I for 3 straight days I ate the pumpkin bread in a bowl for both breakfast AND dinner. The banana bread in a bowl is fantastic as well. I just love your recipes. I am not vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free but I cannot get enough of what you have put out for everyone to enjoy. Im learning a lot as well with regard to substitutions and alternative ingredients to make recipes vegan friendly. I will be first in line so-to-speak when your cookbook comes out. I can’t wait!

  53. Richard Loth says:

    Could you provide me with the carbohydrate count in your recipes?

  54. ROOMA says:

    Carb thought for those wondering,
    A small banana around 6″ some odd inches long has about 23g of carb, 90 calories 3g total fat 0.1g sat. 2.6g dietary fiber, 1g of protein and 12g of sugars.
    Almond Breeze unsweetened almond milk for 1 cup is 0.8g of carb 30 calories, 2.5g total fat polyunsaturate fat 0.5g, monounsaturated 1.5g 0.8g dietary fiber, and 1g of protein with 0 sugars
    Pure vanilla extract if you want to be tech. is 0.5g carb while imitation extract is 0.1carb
    Just add the those base numbers to your calculations with that of your flake cereal of choice.

  55. Tasha says:

    This breakfast is so tasty! To me it’s like a cold, crunchy oatmeal! To those concerned about it being like soggy cereal, it really isn’t. At least, not if you eat it right away! I’ve never left it long enough to find out! The flake cereal still maintains a crunch, even though it’s been blended.

    One thing I will say though is that I found 1 cup of liquid to be way too much, it wouldn’t thicken up at all. Now I use 1/2 cup liquid to 1 cup cereal and it’s great!

  56. Michelle says:

    Hmmm… LOVED THIS!!
    I think it was the most delicious thing i have ever tasted – and i had to have it with (horrible) gluten free flakes – but it tasted amazing. Normally, gluten free flakes taste gross and chewy!! Amazingness.
    Thank you! Question – has anyone tried making this the night before? Or even blending the cereal and milk the night before and adding the banana/pumpkin etc the next morning? Id LOVE to have this a morning before work but the kitchen is too busy in the morning for me to take out my blender! :(

    1. I’ve not done it, but others say you can :)

      1. Michelle says:

        Speedy reply! I will try it indeed :) im looking forward to my voluminous oatmeal tomorrow though…

        came up with a quick cool trick to speed me up in the morning and a great way to add some extra calories and protein to my oats…instead of opening the jar of Peanut butter (which, granted – isnt that difficult, but still – i like my trick!), i “melted” 2 Tbsp of peanut butter into 1/4 cup of almond milk, and froze the mixture in an ice cube tray, popped them out and keep em in a little baggy in the freezer. whenever i wanna Peanut-butter anything up (oats, smoothies etc) – i just pop one or two in! it makes everything taste yum!!

        (ps. you told me to report back to you about using the sugar free chocolate in the cauliflower chocolate cake – it worked with no problems. wasnt too sweet but i love bitter chocolate. its beautiful if you add a tiny drop of toffee/caramel flavouring to it. yummy.)

        Anyway – thanks again for all the fantastic recipes. Im a recipe-maker myself, and i must say you never fail to impress. Also, your new picture is beautiful. Such a pretty chocolate covered face!!

        Best wishes

  57. Lynne says:

    I blended peanut but butter into mine. DELICIOUS!