Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bananas Foster Steel Cut Oats

We don't hardly ever eat cold cereal so you can imagine breakfast  has to get pretty creative around here.  Consequently we eat a lot of hot cereal. Recently my oldest daughter told me steel cut oats were her favorite oats so I started making them more often.  My go-to for oats after it's done cooking is a little coconut oil, brown sugar and cinnamon, but even that needs some changing up once in a while.

Bananas are my favorite add-in to pretty much any breakfast food so I worked with it and decided sliced bananas and walnuts sauteed in a little butter and sugar is completely awesome!!  If you remember my kids don't like chunky things in their food, especially breakfast foods, so I mashed up the banana in the mush and they weren't the wiser and totally loved it!

Bananas Foster Steel Cut Oats
makes about 4 servings
1 cup steel cut oats
3 1/4 cups water
pinch salt
2 Tbsp, brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup canned coconut milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ripe bananas, sliced
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 walnut pieces

Bring water and salt to a boil. Stir in oats. Reduce heat to about medium and cook about 25 minutes or until desired tenderness, stirring every few minutes to prevent sticking on the bottom of the pan. After 25 minutes, remove oats from heat and add in salt, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, cinnamon, coconut milk and vanilla. Return to heat for another minute or two. Taste and adjust as necessary.

While oats are cooking, heat a skillet over medium high heat.  Saute walnuts for about 2-3 minutes and remove.  Add butter and 3 tablespoons brown sugar.  Once melted, add sliced banana and saute over high heat another 2-3 minutes.  Stir in walnuts.

To serve oats, place a spoonful of sauteed bananas in the bottom of each bowl.  Scoop oats out onto the bananas, then top with another spoonful of sauteed bananas. 


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