How to Make Boatmeal in Under 5 Minutes!

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 9.51.42 PMBoatmeal… Banana Oatmeal? Blueberry Oatmeal? Buttery Oatmeal? I must admit that “baked oatmeal” was not the first thought to pop into my head when I first heard the phrase just over a week ago.  And since then I’ve been eating boatmeal on a daily basis. From oven baked & coated in brown sugar to pan seared with chocolate chips, I’ve been experimenting with it all.

One of my favorite, and certainly my simplest, boatmeal experimentation comes from the first recipe I read on Life Matters: We only have one life- let’s make it count! This banana boatmeal recipe can be made in under five minutes. (Now you see why I thought boatmeal stood for banana oatmeal).  Plus, since you only need a microwave, it’s perfect for a college student living in a dorm or any of us who claim we don’t have enough time to cook breakfast in the morning.

Life Matters’ Boatmeal Recipe only consists of four ingredients: oats, egg whites, water, and bananas.  Uh oh! Eggs! Fortunately, gelled chia seeds work as a great substitute.  Now, I happen to store gelled chia seeds in my fridge.  (Yeah, I’m kind of a freak).  But they’re really simple to make.  Just pour chia seeds and water into a jar, shake it, and wait for it to gel in the refrigerator. Lastly, I changed the proportions from Life Matters’ recipe slightly for ease of measurement when converting from deciliters to cups.

And, finally, the best parts of this breakfast is that it will fill you up till lunch! I promise : ) I think the gelled chia seeds do the trick!

Banana Boatmeal Recipe

Adapted from Life Matters(If you can have egg, check out her recipe!)

Just 4 Ingredients!


  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • ½ cup GF Oatmeal (I use Holly’s.)
  • ⅓ cup Water
  • ¼ cup Gelled Chia Seeds


  1. Gel Chia Seeds and store in fridge for future use! (Combine ⅓ cup of chia seeds & 2 cups of water in a jar.  Shake vigorously and rest for 15 seconds. Repeat and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes until the mixture gels.)
  2. Smash up ½ of the ripe banana.
  3. Mix the banana, oatmeal, water and gelled chia seeds together on a plate until the mixture is consistent throughout.  Note, there will be water on the outskirts of your mixture.
  4. Place in the microwave for 3 minutes and top with slices of the remaining banana!

Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure your oatmeal is gluten free! While oats are naturally gluten free, you want to make sure that they are not grown on a field that previously cultivated a wheat product.  Additionally, your oats must make it from harvesting through packaging without cross-contamination.  One of my favorite brands is Holly’s, and you can read their GF protocol directly on their website!
  • I think this is a portion that most people would enjoy.  It’s a little on the larger side for me, so sometimes I cut it down (proportionally of course!).


As Always, Happy Cooking! And, enjoy this YouTube video that’s all about bananas : )

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