Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bananas Foster Oatmeal

Where are my banana lovers? Let's celebrate.

Let's celebrate this fantastic fruit that makes our oatmeal creamy and our bodies regular. ;)

Let's make this humble fruit feel special and all dressed up. Let's caramelize it and make it a little boozy. (Well...this is breakfast time, so maybe we'll just use rum extract instead.)

True Bananas Foster is flambéed. I suppose you could still do that, but who has time for that in the morning? Simply caramelizing it in the pan is delicious enough.

This recipe uses rum extract. I've always thought that rum extract doesn't have much flavor, which is why the recipe calls for an entire two teaspoons. If you don't have rum extract, you could omit it. I think it would still be delishhhhhhh.

Okay, let me hear your thoughts. Why do YOU love bananas?!

Bananas Foster Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
    For the Bananas Foster
    • 1 tsp coconut oil
    • 1 tbsp milk of choice
    • 2 tsp rum extract (can omit)
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/8 tsp molasses
    • 1 banana
    For the Oatmeal
    • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
    • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • pinch of salt
    1. Combine first five ingredients in a small skillet with a whisk.
    2. Cut banana in half lengthwise, and then across so you have four pieces. Place the banana pieces cut-side down in the skillet. Turn the heat on medium low.
    3. Meanwhile, bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil in a saucepan, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
    4. By this point, your bananas should be caramelizing on the bottom and the mixture should be thickening and bubbling. Flip them over and let them cook on the other side until both sides are nice and covered in caramel mixture.
    5. Back to the oatmeal: once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Stir.
    6. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and the Bananas Foster. Optional: top with banana soft serve!
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    1. *raises hand* Here, here! Another banana lover here! I always, always...ALWAYS add one whole banana to my oatmeal every morning. I love how creamy it makes it, but also how it sweetens it naturally. And most importantly, it helps me feel fuller and last until lunch. I usually "melt" my ripe banana a little bit in the microwave to intensify the sweetness, but I definitely love it caramelized in a pan. Since it takes a little more time, I keep that for special occasions ;)
      Bananas ftw!!

    2. This looks so delicious!
      And bananas are just indescribable! They're so sweet and creamy, and make baked oatmeal taste like a muffin. And I love how useful they are when they're overripe. I'm always buying bananas in bulk, freezing them, and either turning them into soft serve or defrosting them to add into oatmeal.
      Hooray for bananas!

      1. I agree with 100% of what you said. I just threw a bunch in the freezer an hour ago!

      2. I just had to comment again, because I made this oatmeal today and it was so delicious!!

    3. OMG those banana slices look so good!!! Banana is still by far the best fruit to go with oatmeal in my opinion!!

    4. I love bananas because they're such a good source of potassium! I'm kind of sensitive to sodium so when I eat salty things (that the average person doesn't notice) I get super thirsty and drinking water doesn't really help. But the potassium in the bananas does! Bananas are also super convenient.

      (what happened to the Name/URL commenting option? [this is @xnzfl])

    5. Just made this oatmeal this morning, so fantastic :)


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