Monday, March 24, 2014

Banana-Nut Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a simple breakfast staple, but it’s one I like to enjoy quite frequently.  In most cases, ordinary oatmeal or steel-cut oats won’t entice me, but with just a few changes, oatmeal can be a a delicious, hearty breakfast that’s healthy and can sustains me throughout the morning.  I like mine juicy, fruity and nutty!  It’s certainly not a gruel and it’s such a great way to start the day.

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I prepare this recipe with gluten-free oats because my husband is sensitive to gluten.  I wanted him to share breakfast with me without starting his day nutritionally on the wrong foot.  I really enjoyed the switch to gluten-free oats because the gluten-free version has a bit more texture and a nuttier flavor then regular oatmeal.  What a pleasant surprise!

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  • 1/2 cup (gluten-free) Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut shavings
  • 1/2 Banana
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp. Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 3-4 fresh Strawberries
This recipe makes one breakfast serving of oatmeal, you can easily scale it up to serve more people or adapt the recipe to suit your own taste.  Please feel free to choose different types of nuts and different dried berries.  I often change the topping of fresh fruit, depending on my mood, the availability or the season.  For example, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pears, pineapple, peaches and citrus fruit like oranges, mandarins or grapefruits make a wonderful topping.

Preparations:
  • Toasting all the ingredients in the pot before adding the liquids is key!
  • First, add the rolled oats in a medium size pot on low heat
  • While the oats toast crush the walnuts, thinly slice the banana and add them into the pot as well
  • Then also add the coconut shavings and the sugar, keep toasting until the sugar melts and the banana can start softening and caramelizing
  • Give the mixture a stir before slowly adding the water and cranberries
  • Stir occasionally and let cook until all the liquid evaporate
  • Meanwhile wash and cut the strawberries
  • Season the oatmeal with a pinch of salt, mix and transfer into a breakfast bowl
  • Pour 1/4 cup coconut milk over the oatmeal and and top with the fresh strawberries
  • Let cool and enjoy

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Have you tried adding bananas into your oatmeal?  What is your preferred way to make this sometimes quite boring breakfast gruel into a delicious treat?  Let me know in the comments!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond! It is very nice to see someone thinks it looks yummy. It is very tasty! Hope you get the chance to try the recipe for breakfast sometime.

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