Banana slices cooked in a sweet sticky syrup with crunchy pecans, served over creamy maple syrup-sweetened oatmeal. Caramelized banana pecan oatmeal is a hearty 10 minute breakfast that will easily keep you satisfied until lunchtime.
I don’t follow any “food rules” and never have adhered to a particular fad diet in my life. (Actually there was one 48 hour juice fast years ago, but that had less to do with health and more to do with the fact that I really like juice).
I do however have a few food habits. Granted many of them are bad habits, but there is one that has followed me throughout my life and has always served me well, and that is eating breakfast. Breakfast is really a basic necessity for me. Without breakfast, I’m an empty shell of a person, sad and silent except for the thunderous rumbling of my belly.
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That said, I don’t usually get super imaginative about breakfast. At any given time I have about 3 to 5 boxes of (boring) cereal on rotation and that’s good enough for me. But sometimes I think outside the cereal box. I might make a batch of gingerbread granola or banana coconut granola over the weekend that will get me through the week. Or when I’m feeling a little more indulgent, some raspberry dark chocolate baked oatmeal.
Rarely do I endeavour to actually prepare breakfast from scratch in the morning.
But here’s where I may have to make an exception! Caramelized banana pecan oatmeal. It takes only 10 minutes to prepare and it’s glorious.
Use your favorite oatmeal for this. I use the quickest cooking kind, but would love to try it with chewy steel cut oats when I have some extra time to cook it. I personally like to make my oatmeal with milk instead of water for extra creaminess and also the calcium boost, but water works great too. I also like to stir in a tablespoon of maple syrup to sweeten it up a bit, but this is also optional.
Once you’ve made the oatmeal, it doesn’t take much more than 5 minutes to sauté some banana slices and pecans in a sweet, sticky butter and brown sugar syrup. After that, just smother the cooked oatmeal with the bananas, pecans, and syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon.
I have a feeling that by the end of 2019, caramelized banana pecan oatmeal will still be in my top 10 favorite things I’ve made this year.
And because I have a thing for bananas for breakfast, here are a couple of other favorites!
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Caramelized Banana Pecan Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup rolled oats cooked according to package directions
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 banana sliced 1/2 inch thick
- 1/8 cup pecans chopped
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup more to taste
- pinch cinnamon
In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, and let it bubble for about a minute.
Add the sliced bananas to the pan in a single layer, and cook for about 2 minutes. Flip the bananas with a spatula, sprinkle the pecans over them, and continue to cook until bananas are softened, another minute or 2. Remove from heat.
Scoop the cooked oatmeal into a bowl and stir in the maple syrup. Top oatmeal with bananas, pecans and remaining syrup from the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
*Cook your oatmeal in milk for extra creaminess and a calcium boost.