Tuesday, November 15, 2011

oatmeal with caramelized bananas

There's something about cooking bananas that makes them sing. They develop a sweet, complex flavour that's totally different than fresh bananas, and they make a plain old bowl of oatmeal so much more exciting. Make these bananas as a topping for  all sort of things: pancakes, waffles, tapioca or rice pudding.

oatmeal with caramelized bananas
(one serving)

1/3 cup large flake oats
1 cup almond, rice or soy milk
pinch of salt
handful of chopped walnuts

1 tbsp butter or grapeseed oil
1 banana, sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1 or 2 tbsp maple syrup

Combine oats, milk, salt and walnuts in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until cooked (about 10 minutes). In a pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add sliced bananas, and sauté for 2 or 3 minutes. Add cinnamon and maple syrup, and stir to combine.

Serve oatmeal with some cold milk, topped with bananas. Sprinkle on some walnuts for extra crunch.

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