It feels like FOREVER ago that I was sharing my recipe for overnight oats with you. Seriously, where does the time go?
But now that fall is upon us and winter is just around the corner (no, no, no!), my breakfast routine is warming up. For me, oatmeal is where it’s at. Hot, tasty, healthy whole grains and sticks to your ribs. That’s my kind of breakfast.
This is a recipe that I started making on the stovetop and loved so much, I modified it for the microwave. No way we’re getting two adults and two kids out the door on time if there is a stovetop involved. Three minutes, one bowl. Promise.
Next reason I’m in love with this banana nut oatmeal: Zip. Zero. Zilch added sugar. Just a nice ripe banana, otherwise destined for banana bread or a smoothie. I like to use them when they have quite a few spots but aren’t totally black.
Now, I’ve been known to douse my oatmeal in a pretty, ummm, “healthy” dose of maple syrup. So trust me when I tell you it actually gets reeeeally sweet from just the banana. The recipe does use a little milk, which likely adds a bit of sweetness from the lactose as well. The milk also gives it a nice creamy consistency. But if you’re like me and you have no milk because you haven’t been to the grocery in over a week, don’t sweat it – all water will do just fine too! Around here, we really can’t sweat it, because deodorant is also on that grocery list…
As for the oats, I use old fashioned but feel free to use quick oats if that’s your thang. Have yet to experiment with steel cut oats, so if anyone gives that a whirl, let us know in the comments!
I top my banana oatmeal with pecans, but, again, use your preference here. Almonds or walnuts would be equally tasty. If you like a little spice and you want to give it a banana bread flavor, a dash of cinnamon is also delicious.
Here’s to a hot, healthy, hearty breakfast!
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon nuts (I use pecans)
- Cut the top ¼ of the banana off and set aside.
- Over a microwave safe bowl, slice the remainder of the banana lengthwise, then into slices.
- Add the oats, water and milk to the bowl.
- Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.
- While the oatmeal cooks, cut the reserved part of the banana into small quarters.
- Remove the oatmeal from the microwave. It will probably look very thin.
- Using the back of a spoon, mash the bananas and stir the oatmeal until it thickens.
- Top the oatmeal with the banana quarters and nuts.
Adapted from Kath Eats Real Food