Single Serving Coffee Banana Oatmeal

A coffee flavored oatmeal to wake us up in the morning. I’ve done quite a lot of sweet and savory oatmeal in my blog, and I keep on making more. Oatmeal is a very quick breakfast option on any day of week. You can make it sweet or savory depending on your mood. This one that we are making today is a sweet variation, a bit different form my usual sweet oatmeal variation. This is a Coffee Banana Oatmeal. If you are a coffee lover, this one is a nice variation to give you your morning coffee boosts. If you are not a coffee lover, I have 25 other sweet and savory oatmeal variation that you can choose from. There is something for everyone.

Espresso Banana Oatmeal

Types of Oatmeal

Espresso Banana Oatmeal For One

Steel Cut Oats (Irish Oats) – This type of oats has a finer texture but is chewier than traditional oats, they are digested more slowly and it makes you feel full easily. This type is perfect for breakfast cereals as they make you feel full longer.

Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned) – This type of oats are flat, thin and have bigger pieces than Steel Cut Oats. It cooks faster, about 10 minutes for 1/3 cup (depending on how chewy you like it). Although filling, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats, but if your recipe requires minimal cooking time or you do not have much time on hand, this is the perfect type of oats to use. I find that this type is also the one perfect for baking cookies, bars, bread or pancakes.

Quick Oats – This type of oats have flat, light and even thinner pieces as compared to Rolled Oats. This cooks in about 1-2 minutes and are perfect for recipes that calls for a very minimal cooking time. Although it is also a good option for breakfast, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats.

Instant Oats – This type of oatmeal has been pre-cooked and dried, because of this, it require no cooking time at all. You just need to add boiling water and let sit for few minutes to soften. This type of oatmeal doesn’t have chewiness and texture and can get mushy at times. This if perfect option when you are traveling and you need something on the go. Simply add hot water and you have an instant breakfast with you.

Small Batch Espresso Banana Oatmeal

Flavor of the Month: Coffee Banana Oatmeal

Today we are making a very fitting breakfast oatmeal variation, Coffee Banana Oatmeal. Yes, that is right! We are adding coffee in our oatmeal today. Almost like a mocha flavor to me. You can certainly taste the coffee but you can make it even stronger if you are a storing coffee drinker. In my case, I am not. A hint of coffee flavor is more than enough for me, nothing too strong.

I used instant coffee ☕️ which is what I have. If you are a coffee lover, you probably have brewed coffee, definitely better than instant coffee. That will give a stronger coffee flavor, a good quality taste. Feel free to use whatever you have.

As for the garnish, I used Banana. I cannot think of anything better than will complement the coffee flavor. You can use any toppings that you like. That’s what’s great with oatmeal, it is very flexible. You can top it with anything you like, so be creative and enjoy!


  • 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Milk (Can be substituted with a mix of water and milk in any proportion)
  • 1/2 cup Brewed Coffee or regular coffee
  • 2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar (can be substituted with other sweeter of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon Sliced Almonds
  • 1 Banana for topping


  • Brewed Coffee can be substituted with instant espresso powder. Warm the milk and dissolve the espresso powder..


Pour the brewed coffee and milk in a pan (or just add espresso powder to the oatmeal mixture). Add rolled oats and simmer in medium heat for about 15 minutes. Add the brown sugar as well (or any sweetener you are using). Cook for another 10 minutes. The consistency of the oats will thicken as it cools, if you are serving it immediately, you can cook it a little bit longer to get a thick consistency or less if you prefer thin consistency. Cooking time is flexible, cook less or more time to adjust to the texture and consistency that you prefer. Mash half of the banana and mix with the oatmeal.

Transfer in a bowl and topped with sliced Almond and Banana or other toppings of your choice. Enjoy!


One tip when reheating it, add few spoonful of water or milk to thin out the consistency. The oatmeal will thickens as it cools, even more when refrigerated. So to bring it back to nice consistency, you need to add a little bit of liquid. For single serving, add 1-2 tbsp of liquid and stir then simply pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. Take it out and stir again, adding more liquid as  necessary to achieve the consistency that you like. Return to microwave for another minute. Remove and add toppings as desired. You can also add more liquid while cooking it, this way it remains slightly runny and you won’t need to add liquid to it when you re-heat it. Easy breezy! Enjoy

Single Serving Espresso Banana Oatmeal

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