Friday, November 26, 2010

Banana Bread Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of my favorite areas to experiment with right now. Oatmeal is healthy, filling, and can be prepared quickly on a weekday (quick oats in the microwave) or slowly enjoyed on the weekend (steel cut oats on the stove). It also doesn't take very much to take oatmeal from a plain-Jane meal to a delicious treat. If you're feeling a bit unhealthy after overindulging at your Thanksgiving feast, a hearty breakfast of oatmeal is a great way to get back on track. This oatmeal is healthy and full of flavor and will give you the energy to entertain or clean up after your guests, or venture out into the insanity of Black Friday shopping.

Banana Bread Oatmeal
serves 1

1/2 c. steel-cut oats, rolled oats, or quick oats
1 banana, cut in half
2 T. toasted chopped walnuts
1 T. honey
1/4 t. cinnamon
Milk, half-and-half, or cream, for serving

1.Cut one half of the banana into 1/4-inch thick slices on the bias. Mash the other half in a small bowl and set aside.
2. Prepare oatmeal according to package directions. Add mashed banana and stir thoroughly to combine. Top with sliced banana, walnuts, honey, and cinnamon. Pour milk over oatmeal and enjoy warm.

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