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Oatmeal has long been touted as the ideal heart-healthy breakfast – and for good reason. Rich in fiber (and specifically beta-glucans1) , oatmeal has been proven to lower cholesterol and keep you fuller all morning long. The downside comes with those pre-packaged, flavored varieties. Tasty as they may be, they're often packed with sugar2 – far from the healthful breakfast option you thought you were indulging in.

Enter this caramelized banana oatmeal. Rich in nutrients, healthy fats, and real fruit, it's the ideal breakfast any day of the week.

To make it, bananas are caramelized in ghee and nestled on top of creamy oatmeal for a quick and delicious breakfast. Top each bowl with fresh or frozen berries, your nut butter of choice, coconut flakes, nuts and seeds, and hemp seeds for an even more elevated bowl of oats. 

If you want even more healthy oatmeal recipe ideas for breakfast, check out our Baked Berry Oatmeal RecipePumpkin Oatmeal recipe, and our guide, and watch our video Here's How to Make Delicious Oatmeal Every Time. 

caramelized banana oatmeal recipe for breakfast
caramelized banana oatmeal

Make this Oatmeal Recipe with Caramelized Vanilla Scented Bananas 

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  • 2Servings

Ingredients

Oatmeal

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla ghee
  • 2 firm yellow bananas, peeled and sliced into 1-inch coins
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Optional Toppings:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Hemp seeds
  • Fresh organic berries
  • Favorite nut butter

Preparation

  1. Add water to a small pot and bring to a gentle boil. Stir in the rolled oats and sea salt, and reduce to a simmer.
  2. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring every so often, until the oatmeal is thick and creamy.
  3. While oatmeal cooks, heat the ghee in a non-toxic, non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  4. Carefully add the sliced banana coins to the hot skillet. Sauté for five minutes, flip, and sauté an additional five minutes, or until both sides are golden and gently caramelized.
  5. Divide the oatmeal between two bowls and top with sautéed bananas, cinnamon, and desired toppings. Enjoy!

Sources
1. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2019.00171/full
2. https://www.cnet.com/health/nutrition/foods-that-are-surprisingly-high-in-sugar/
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25411276
4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18633670
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26511097
6. https://gluten.org/2020/11/20/are-oats-and-oat-flour-gluten-free/

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