Hot dang, do you see that oatmeal!? I’m so excited to share this recipe with you because it is not only super easy (obvi) but it is also SO delish. I’ve been a little stuck in a breakfast rut over the past couple of weeks and have been eating the same thing everyday. It’s so easy for me to pack a container of yogurt (siggi’s is my fav!), an apple or banana and some granola on my way out the door to eat once I get to the office. I throw it all in a bowl (sometimes with peanut butter) and get ready for my day while eating breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, I love these filling and delicious breakfast bowls, but I also like some variety in my breakfast game.
Sticking with the same food isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if you’re trying to stick to a healthy diet or want to lose weight, but it’s also nice to try something different ever now and then. On weekends, I make a point of shaking things up, which usually means pancakes or fancy breakfast quesadillas. This time, I made warm and cozy oatmeal!
I learned about the whipped banana oatmeal method a few years ago from Kath Eats Real Food and it makes the best extra fluffy and naturally sweetened oatmeal. It’s best to use extra ripe bananas since they are very sweet and easy to mash. I make this oatmeal on the stove because it gives me more control than the microwave. It’s pretty simple: when the oats are hot and have soaked up most of the water, you add the banana mash and whip everything quickly with a whisk until hot throughout and fluffy.
You can think of this oatmeal as a blank canvas. I chose to turn it into a classic- pb & j- version this time, but the world is your oyster. The combinations are endless- nutella with banana slices, chocolate chips, dried fruit, fresh fruit, granola…and the list goes on! For this particular recipe, natural unsweetened peanut butter and strawberry jam are the only toppings you need, but I added some hemp seeds for good measure (and extra protein).
So get those bananas ready and cozy up on the weekend with this oatmeal. I couldn’t think of a better start to the weekend.
What’s your go-to breakfast? And how do you change things up?
- 1 cup rolled oats, gluten free optional
- 2 cups water
- 1 medium extra ripe banana, peeled and mashed
- 2 tablespoons natural unsweetened peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons strawberry (or other flavor) jam
- hemp or chia seeds, for topping
- cinnamon sugar, for topping
- Add oats and water to a saucepan and heat on medium.
- Once boiling, turn the heat down low and cook until almost all the water is absorbed (this will only a few minutes so watch it carefully). Turn off the heat, add the banana mash, and whisk vigorously for about a minute or until everything hot and the oats are fluffy.
- Serve and top with half the peanut butter and jam, and sprinkle with hemp or chia seeds.
- To make the cinnamon sugar, mix equal parts cinnamon and brown, white, or coconut sugar. You'll only need a little for this recipe, but you can save any extra to sprinkle on yogurt, pancakes, sliced apples, you name it!