Banana Nut Oatmeal
I have yet to to taste a better bowl of oatmeal than the one my sister-in-law, Allison, makes. So as temperatures once again dropped below freezing this past weekend, I called on Allison for her recipe, and decided to warm up the weekend by celebrating National Oatmeal Month and making some oatmeal of my own.
Oatmeal is all about customization, and even though I ended up straying from Allison’s recipe (which includes dates, molasses and her favorite 9-grain cereal from Whole Foods), I did take her tip of substituting milk for some (or all) of the water that the recipe calls for.
I followed the instructions on the Organic Old-Fashioned Oats package from Trader Joe’s, but I opted for adding the oats right away rather than after the water is simmering, which results in a softer oatmeal. Then, while it was still on the stove top, I stirred in a little maple syrup and organic brown sugar. I scooped it into a bowl and then topped it off with organic bananas and walnut pieces.
Oatmeal can be as traditional or unique as you want it. Whether you add Molasses and Dates, or Goji Berries and Agave Nectar, or are like Renee, who eats her “ugly oatmeal” on the go, don’t overlook this hearty and wholesome breakfast that can be made just the way YOU like it.