January 16, 2015

Caramelized Banana Healthy Oatmeal!

About 3 years ago, when I was just in the beginnings of my bachelors degree, I remember taking a communications class in which we had to do a 10-minute presentation on a nutrition-related topic. 

My presentation was titled: “5 foods you should never stop eating”. And, surprise surprise, one of those foods was oats! This super food is like magic to your health. No matter how you eat it: raw, cooked, blended in a smoothie or as overnight oats, they are high in fibre, protein and lots of nutrients. I always feel full and very satisfied after eating them. 

When I was younger I didn’t really like oatmeal. If I were to eat a cereal I preferred having some kind of Kellogg's. Thanks to blogland and social media (aka Instagram) I realized how popular oats were. So, a few years ago, I started trying oats in different forms. My favorite ways to eat them were blended in a green smoothie and as an oatmeal bake. This was until I discovered the recipe I’m sharing today! I am in love with it and I’ve been preparing it about 3 times a week. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did :)

Serves 2, ready in 20 minutes.

-1 teaspoon margarine
-2 medium bananas, peeled and mashed
-1 tablespoon peanut butter
-1 cup rolled oats
-1 and 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds
-2 cups of milk (I used 1%)
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-Pinch of salt
-2 tablespoon vanilla extract
-Toppings: a swirl of honey (my favorite! And in my opinion, not optional), nuts, cinnamon, seeds, fruits (optional)

1. In a medium saucepan, heat the margarine until melted (in medium-high heat). Add the mashed bananas and cook for 3 minutes stirring frequently.

2. Reduce heat to medium and add the rest of the ingredients (minus the toppings).

3. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and then reduce heat to simmer for about 8 minutes. 

4. Remove from heat, serve and add toppings!
5. Enjoy! 

Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows