Favourite meal of the day? Without a question, breakfast wins every time. If anything, it’s an excuse to eat sweet carbs guilt-free ;)! Although I’ve never been one for eggs/savoury in the morning, I’ll happily make a lunch or dinner out of it. But even after eliminating the savoury options, healthy breakfast choices are endless: cereal, pancakes, waffles, toast, fresh fruit and yogurt, granola- I’ll stop there.
As tantalising as it all sounds, I always come back to my beloved oats. Call me crazy but something about eating out of a bowl is more satisfying that from a plate. Plus now that I’m working for a company that distributes oats, I’ve developed a stronger sense of loyalty :lol:. Granted they’re not the prettiest thing to look at it, or the yummiest thing to eat straight out of a box but oats never fail me: after eating them, I’m guaranteed fullness for at least 4 hours and all of the other wonderful benefits they have to offer.
For a while, I was on a fresh fruit/yogurt/oats kick but as I have a tendency to do so, I overdid it. Now the thought of eating that combination makes my stomach turn- I blame the yogurt :shock:. It might be a good thing because I’ve reverted back to an old favourite: oatmeal. I refrain from using the word ‘porridge’ because a) I’m not Goldilocks and b) the word is a bit yucky/gloopy to say. I know I use the term ‘best’ a lot but trust me, this is one of the best bowls of oatmeal I’ve ever made/had. It tasted just like a banana bread pudding would taste like…with an extra dollop of smugness for all the nutritional bases you are covering.
Before we get started, chuck your microwave out. I used to wish we owned a microwave for the convenience factor. But trust me, once you cook oats on stovetop, you’ll understand why oatmeal gets a bad rep: all it produces is rubbery mush. Instead, get your pan** and spatula out. For what it’s worth, cleaning a pan takes all of 2 minutes. I’ve provided exact measurements so you can experience the exact deliciousness I did.
Banana Bread Oatmeal
- 1/3 cup oats (30g)
- 160 ml natural soy milk (or your preferred kind of milk)
- 80 ml water
- 70g ripe banana (uglier, black-skinned bananas tend to be ripest)
- Half teaspoon of cinnamon
- Handful of raisins
- Peanut butter (8g)
- Sprinkle of granola (I used Kashi Go Lean Crunch, probably around 5-10 grams)
- Optional: egg white
- To reduce cooking time in the morning, soak your oats overnight in half the liquid amount (80 ml milk+40 ml water)…this can contribute to your pan-cleaning time
- In the morning, heat up the oats and add in the remaining liquid, ¾ banana, and raisins. Keep stirring for about 3-5 minutes to enable the banana to gelatinize the oats. The oats should reach a nice, thick consistency.
- If you’re feeling wild and want some egg-stra protein in you, add in the egg white when the oats have thickened, and stir like mad. And I mean mad- you don’t want to end up eating a raw egg.
- Spoon out the oatmeal into your bowl and stir in your peanut butter. Top your bowl off with a sprinkle of granola, cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, and the remaining banana.
- Thank me later
**Note: Oats always seem to cook faster in a pan as opposed to a pot. And I find that the flatter surface of a pan makes washing up a lot of easier.