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.
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.