Sometimes the most simple efforts can make all the difference. That is the case with this steel-cut oatmeal with caramelized bananas. With just a couple extra steps, you can take a bowl of humble steel-cut oats to the next level with banana slices caramelized in butter and brown sugar, a spoonful of chopped walnuts, and a dash of orange zest. With just a few extra minutes, these simple steps elevate a bowl of oatmeal from basic to delicious and delicately decadent. The flavor of the warm bananas softened in melted butter and brown sugar blends beautifully with the mild oats and crunchy walnuts, and the orange zest brightens it all.
I have become such a fan of steel-cut oats. They do take longer to make than rolled oats, but if you make a big batch on a morning when you have the time, then you can store the leftovers in the refrigerator and quickly warm up a serving at a time on more rushed mornings. To me, a warm bowl of steel-cut oats is so very comforting and satisfying, and it helps me start my day with vigor, especially as these winter mornings are so dark and cold!
We woke up this morning to lots of snow. So much snow that all the schools in the area are closed. It has been snowing all morning, and it is still snowing as I write this! I hope that those who have to drive today (including my husband) will have safe travels. As for my kids and myself, we are staying put.
I love snowy mornings with nowhere to go, with a cup of strong coffee and a bowl of steaming oatmeal (with caramelized bananas 🙂 ). I got up early and got started on this post. It was still dark outside, yet I could feel the quiet that snow brings. When I finish this, we will bundle up and walk down the road and then down the path through the woods to the frozen lake, where there undoubtedly will be ice fishing shanties dotting the ice. Hopefully we will encounter our neighbors out and about, because in addition to the hushed silence that snow brings, it also brings people together.
The Olympics have started, and my family loves watching them. Being snowed in with good food and the Olympics opening ceremony on TV–sounds good to me! I hope you all stay safe and warm this weekend! This recipe will be shared over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Laurena @ Life Diet Health and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook. I’ll close with this quote by Pablo Neruda: “I am a book of snow, a spacious hand, an open meadow, a circle that waits, I belong to the earth and its winter.”
Oatmeal With Caramelized Bananas
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup of steel-cut oats
- 4 bananas, sliced
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- a handful of chopped walnuts
- about a tablespoon of orange zest
- a bit of milk
Cook the steel-cut oats according to your package directions. I use three cups of water and a quarter teaspoon of salt per one cup of oats, and let them simmer gently, uncovered, for about 30 minutes. When the oats are done, set them aside. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the banana slices and the brown sugar. Stir gently to blend. After a couple of minutes, when one side of the bananas is lightly browned, flip them and allow the other side to lightly brown and soften. Spoon oatmeal into bowls and top with the caramelized bananas, chopped walnuts, and a sprinkling of orange zest. Add more brown sugar if desired, and a splash of milk. Serve warm. Enjoy!