Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Banana nut oatmeal

I am obsessed with oatmeal in all forms lately -- warm oatmeal in a bowl, granola, cookies, granola bars (which I'll be making this afternoon) -- and I'm not the only one. I've been spying lots of recipes on cooking blogs lately for different variations of your morning bowl of oatmeal.
This is the one I made today, which is adapted from the recipes here. I'm planning to make the other one soon. Like maybe tomorrow.

handful pecans (or walnuts -- I used pecans because that was what was in theh ouse)
1 slightly overripe banana
1/2 cup Quaker old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup milk
a little less than 1/2 cup water
3 teaspoons honey, separated
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
A few shakes cinnamon
1 shake nutmeg
A few dashes Kosher salt

In a small pan, toast pecans. Remove from heat and set aside.
Cut banana in half. Chop one half into chunks and set aside. In your breakfast bowl, mash the other half with a fork until it forms a wet puree.
In a small pot, combine banana puree, oatmeal, milk, water, 2 teaspoons honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Heat over medium until it reaches your preferred consistency, stirring occasionally.
Pour oatmeal into your breakfast bowl. Top with walnuts and banana chunks. Drizzle with remaining teaspoon honey.


Alissa said...

oh, man, that sounds really good! I eat oatmeal most mornings, but I don't get that fancy on a regular basis. I do 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, 1 cup of milk and a spoonful of apricot preserves or a drizzle of maple syrup - microwave on 50% power for 5 minutes. I can pop it in the microwave while I'm drying my hair in the morning, which is why I like this fast version, but it wouldn't take much more time to add some mashed banana to it. Yum. :)

hefk said...

While I was on leave, I ate oatmeal with dried cherries and pecans pretty much every day this winter. This sounds really good too.

I know I posted this already, but Shannon, the oatmeal toasting bread combines two of our faves and Sashie asks for it by name.