For the past few weeks, I’ve been on a bit of an oatmeal kick in the morning. Although, it is usually in the form of overnight oats because my sleepy brain is in no position to cook before work first thing in the morning. Also, I’d have to get up a whole 20 minutes earlier, which is highly unlikely, so overnight oats to the rescue!
On my days off, I like to put a tiny bit more effort into my morning meal. Not much more effort, but a tiny bit.
This banana split oatmeal is a nice semi lazy meal that’s ready in less than 15 minutes and can include as many or as little toppings as you’d like. Sometimes a little caramelized banana is all you need. I think the Beatles wrote a song about that.
These oats are so incredibly filling and energizing. The sweetness from the caramelized banana really brings the flavor to another level. Raw banana is a delicious substitute if that’s your jam. Also, jam is a nice addition. 😉
For those who’d rather have dessert for breakfast, this recipe is for you. It’s the best of both worlds, really. If you like this recipe, try out my Caramelized Banana Split. Hope you have a great week filled with yummy breakfasts!
- 1 can 400ml Full Fat Coconut Milk
- 1 ½ cups Large Oat Flakes use GF oats if gluten free
- 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- ½ tsp Vanilla
- 2 Squares Dark Chocolate about 25g
- ¼ cup chopped Peanuts or nuts of choice
- Handful of Pitted Cherries
- Peanut Butter optional
- 1 Banana sliced in half lengthwise
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
For the oatmeal:Combine oats, coconut milk and maple syrup in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium, stirring occasionally. When oatmeal is cooked (after about 10 minutes), shut off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
For the caramelized banana:While oats are cooking, melt the coconut oil in a pan on the stove with half of the coconut sugar. Add the banana halves and sprinkle the remaining sugar on top. Fry on medium high heat for 2 minutes. Tilt the pan so the oil pools in the corner and use a spoon to scoop it up on pour on top of the banana.Flip the banana halves and cook another 2 minutes and shut off the heat.
Assembly: Divide the oatmeal into two bowls. Place a banana in each bowl along with other toppings. You can melt the chocolate and drizzle over top, or chop it and sprinkle on top. The heat from the oatmeal will melt it anyway.
Add your favorite toppings. Fresh strawberries, jam or date caramel are all excellent additions.