Monday, July 16, 2012

Nutty 'Nana Berry Oatmeal

I've been selfish with this one. Really selfish.

I've been making this for months. Really. Months. And it's not that I was "perfecting the recipe" or anything like that. No, not at all. In reality, I just never had the opportunity to photograph it! I was either too lazy, it was raining, I didn't have any good dishes to use for a picture, or I was in a hurry.

Normally, I make this strawberries, and it's delightful. It's essentially my Strawberry Banana Oatmeal, but with the addition of peanut butter (or any nut butter), which--as I'm sure you'll agree--makes everything better.

However, I had fresh blueberries from the farmers market this time, so I used that. I would imagine that fresh blackberries or raspberries would be lovely, too...or even a mixture of them! Oh man...can you imagine using a mixture of strawberries and blueberries? *sigh*

P.S. Have you ever seen oatmeal look so sexy before? Martini glasses are the hot pink stiletto of the food industry.

Nutty 'Nana Berry 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)
  • 1/2 a ripe banana
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbsp nut butter
  • a couple large handfuls of fresh berries
  • 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. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Mash up banana and add to the oatmeal. Stir.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Stir.
  4. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, add the nut butter in small globs, dropping them various spots of the saucepan (if you add it in all at once, you'll have a difficult time "spreading out" the nut butter, and it will stubbornly stay in one clump). Swirl a spoon around the oatmeal a few times.
  6. Drop in berries and stir them gently, just enough for them to get warmed up and "wet." Then transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.). You could also top with more fruit, like I did.
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  1. I ADORE this recipe! This is my go-to breakfast before my 20-mile bike rides and it gives me the fuel I need! Thank you for this delicious hearty oatmeal :)

  2. This may be a silly question, but can this recipe be made with frozen blueberries or will it alter the consistency of the oatmeal?

    1. I COULD...but I wouldn't recommend it. The berries here are meant to be fresh on top of the cooked oatmeal, so thawed berries are a little underwhelming. However, you could certainly do it; it just won't be as show-stopping. :)

    2. Hmm, it looks like I will have to splurge on some fresh blueberries then. I'm so disappointed I didn't know about this recipe while blueberries were in season, lol. It looks so delicious!

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