Banana bread is one of my favorite breakfasts. Though, I feel like maybe I should admit that I also require my banana bread to include chocolate. Either I smear it with nutella, or load up the batter with chocolate chips. Either way, I think chocolate is never a bad way to start the day.
I also have a thing with making my oatmeal taste like dessert. I am surprised I haven’t done it more. Now that I am aware of this void, I am soooo making a ton of dessert oatmeals!! You have been warned.
So, when I was feeling like banana bread minus the effort one morning (pre-cleanse), I decided to make this here banana bread oatmeal!! It really tastes like banana bread. Of course, after I made it and took photos and sat down to eat it, I realized I had omitted a very important ingredient: chocolate. So I joyously dumped half a bag a few chocolate chips into my mug and stuffed my face. If you are like me and enjoy your banana bread with some chocolate, you have my stamp of approval to chocolate up the recipe.
This recipe makes about 5 (generous) servings. Which means, if you make a batch Sunday night, you can have breakfast sorted for the rest of the week. I am a fan of doing this.
Health highlight of bananas: Bananas are known for being a good source of potassium. Potassium is an important nutrient because it helps lower blood pressure, and is used in the process of muscle contraction and nerve communication. It is also helpful in the balance of pH in the body, and so also can help prevent the loss of calcium. Bananas are a good source of soluble fiber which helps to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and can be helpful in the regulation of blood sugar. Bananas have also been shown, because of the synergy of a few nutrients, to be very helpful in stomach upset.
- 2 cups non dairy Milk
- 2 cups Water
- 1 ½ cups Oats (I like these rolled oats)
- 3 ripe Bananas (mashed)
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- ½ cup Walnuts
- Maple Syrup, to sweeten if you would like, to taste
- Chocolate Chips, optional, to serve
- Bring the milk and water to a boil
- Add the oats and stir well
- Cook about 5 minutes
- Add the banana and cinnamon and cook until all the liquid is absorbed (about 1 minute)
- Add the walnuts
- Dish up – top with maple and/or chocolate if you like (it’s good with or without!!)