Thursday, June 14, 2012

Banana Bread Oatmeal

I realized the strangest thing this morning: I have never posted a recipe for banana bread oatmeal.

Which is absolutely bizarre if you consider a) how easy it is, b) how it was one of the first oatmeals I ever created, and c) that Quaker Instant Banana Bread Oatmeal packets were my very first experiences with porridge.

And let me just say, those Quaker packets saved my life. You may think I'm super anti-instant packets, but I'm not sure if that's the case. I'm definitely pro-make-it-yourself, but I have to give credit to Quaker packets for helping me transition to a healthier life. I would never eat one now, and I wrinkle my nose at my mom whenever she makes a bowl (I'm so pretentious), but I'm still grateful those options exist for people who are new to oatmeal. If my first experience with oatmeal had been that crappy, tasteless porridge I made back in spring of 2011, I probably never would have given it a second chance.

Now, my recipe blows Quaker's out of the water. It's naturally sweetened by the banana, and nothing else. There's a miniscule amount of molasses, but that's for flavor and not sweetening. I believe molasses helps achieve the darker, deeper flavor of actual banana bread. I very often use it in stove-top recipes that are meant to emulate baked goods!

I believe if you try this out, it may end up being a regular part of your menu! It uses pantry staples like cinnamon and vanilla, but I swear it isn't boring. I make this more than any other recipe, I bet.

Banana Bread Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp molasses (or maple syrup)
  • pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  1. Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Mash up a ripe banana and add to the oatmeal. Stir.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cinnamon, molasses, nutmeg, and salt. Stir.
  4. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, raisins, sunflower seeds), do so now. I like raisins in mine.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.). I would recommend walnuts for this recipe, but I only had almonds on hand. I also topped with raw chia seeds. :)
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  1. Delicious! I love the taste of banana in my oatmeal. I have used CCK's trick of blending a banana with the milk/water before cooking the oats and then it gives it a caramelized flavour and thickens and sweetens at the same time, which is lovely - but only with a chocolate flavoured oatmeal, and wanted more recipes to try that trick out with! PS I don't question your use of molasses at all - I LOVE molasses!

    1. I should do that...but then I'd have to get my blender dirty. ;) I'm so lazy! Thanks so much for your comment!

  2. This is amazing! Tastes exactly like banana bread! Thank you!

  3. I'm more of a baked oatmeal fan, but this was definitely the best stovetop oatmeal I've ever had!
    I've gotten a bit obsessed with this blog lately:
    Thank you for all the recipes!

    1. YAY! Glad you liked it, and thanks for the blog shout-out!

  4. I found your blog yesterday while I was procrastinating my assignment... and I instantly fell in love with it :)
    Originally, I'm from Germany and I'm just doing a year abroad in the UK. That's also why I thought two months ago: I at least have to cook porridge once (as it's such a British thing). First, I only cooked it with milk and it tasted horribly plain and I thought: "OMG, this is such a grandparents-food" (it actually has this label in Germany..). Well, luckily I tried another time with banana and cinnamon and now I'm totally into it and I eat it every morning :) Nothing better than starting your day with a) cooking and b) a real meal that fills up until lunch.

    Anyways, I made your banana bread (another thing that we don't have in Germany; I think I def. have to bake one soon) oatmeal today and I totally loved the vanilla inside. Additionally, your cooking method yielded a much more pleasant result than the one i used before (basically start with an oats, banana,milk,water-mixture right from the beginning).

    I'll try out some of the other recipes soon for sure!! :)

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