These creamy steel cut oats topped with sweet caramelized bananas make the perfect and filling breakfast for when you’re feeling a little indulgent.
Oatmeal is often an afterthought for our breakfasts. I really like it but rarely ever make it because it just doesn’t occur to me. Until a few weeks ago when I was put into my place by my 8 year old. I asked her what we should have for a special breakfast and expecting her to say something like cinnamon rolls, she asked if I remembered that one time I made oatmeal with little bowls of toppings to put on it. #palmtoforehead #momfail
Needless to say, I’ve resolved to eat oatmeal much more often in our home.
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These caramelized banana oats use my favorite recipe for steel cut oats. It’s just the basic steel cut oats recipe but I use a 50-50 mix of water and milk for the liquid and throw a little salt in for contrast. Sometimes I use real milk and sometimes I get crazy and use coconut milk. When you’re topping it with caramelized bananas, I can highly defend the choice to use coconut.
The bananas are just browned in a bit of butter, sprinkled with brown sugar and kissed by angels. If you’ve never had caramelized bananas, you’re missing out.
It’s sweet, it’s creamy and totally drool-worthy if you want to switch up your oatmeal routine, however non-existent it may be.
Caramelized Banana Oats
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups milk or coconut milk
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 whole bananas
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- Bring water and milk to a boil and stir in oats and salt. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer. Cover pan and cook 20-25 minutes until oats are tender. Remove from heat and let sit for 2 minutes before serving.
- Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat and place sliced bananas in a single layer in the butter. Cook until bananas are lightly browned on one side-- about 5 minutes and flip. Sprinkle brown sugar over bananas and continue to cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until remaining side is golden. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of water over the bananas and swirl pan to deglaze the hardened sugar.
- Spoon oats into 4 bowls and top with bananas and additional milk if desired.