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Banana Bread In A Bowl

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.


Banana Bread In A Bowl

Banana Bread In A Bowl

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Banana Bread In A Bowl


  • 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!

Nutrition 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!)

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Published on October 15, 2007

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  1. VeggieGirl says

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. Baking 'n' Books says

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

  7. 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..? 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      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!!

      • 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!

      • 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!

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      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!! 🙂

      • 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!!!

  12. 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!

  13. 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! 🙂

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      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! 🙂

  16. 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!!

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