Caramelized Banana Chocolate Oatmeal Bowl
Hello friends! It’s been a while. Hope everyone is doing well and staying warm in this chillier weather.
Speaking of chillier weather, I’ve been waaay back on my oat game recently. As soon as the temperature drops, my body really craves warm, comforting breakfasts, and oatmeal bowls fit the bill very nicely. Definitely my idea of comfort food on cold mornings!
I often post photos of my oat bowls on my Instagram, but I only just realized that I don’t have a formal recipe for them up on the blog yet. That had to be fixed! I made this delectable bowl over the weekend and decided to photograph it to share with you here.
Look at that texture! I stirred a generous scoop of cocoa powder in the oatmeal as it cooked in coconut milk, resulting in the creamiest, most decadent morning treat. The caramelized banana addition gives it an extra special touch, and the bowl is obviously finished with a good drizzle of peanut butter because, I mean – look who you’re talking to here.
Hope you give this a try one morning soon, and don’t forget to show me if you make any of my recipes! Nothing makes me happier than seeing what you lovely people cook up 🙂 Enjoy!
- 1 c. regular or steel-cut oats, soaked overnight (I switch it up between the two!)
- 1 c. canned full-fat coconut milk
- 1 c. water
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 tbsp. cocoa or cacao powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- Optional: ½ c. shredded zucchini or carrot, to stir in for extra veg!
- 1 banana, sliced lengthwise
- 1 tbsp. vegan butter (I used Culcherd) or coconut oil
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
- In a medium saucepan, add your pre-soaked oats (this step is not necessary, but it does make them cook quicker and digest more easily!), coconut milk, water and salt and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Once boiled, reduce the heat to a low simmer, add your cocoa powder and chia seeds, and cook the mixture uncovered (about 10 mins for regular rolled oats or 15-20 for steel-cut). Stir occasionally. Add additional liquid in small amounts if necessary.
- While the oats are cooking, heat your vegan butter/oil in a small pan over medium. Once hot, add your sliced banana, cut side down, and let it cook on one side for 5 minutes or so. Check to see if it's browned, and once it is, flip and repeat on the other side. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon and set aside once the banana looks brown and caramelized.
- When the oats are soft and have reached your desired texture, remove from the heat and stir in your maple syrup and vanilla. Taste and adjust as desired.
- To serve, divide the oatmeal between two bowls and top each with 1/2 the caramelized banana. Drizzle with peanut butter and any other desired toppings, and enjoy!