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Toasty Coconut and Caramelized Banana Oatmeal Recipe

Cooking with Kids will not appear this week. But it will be back next Monday!

Breakfast and I have never really clicked, so to speak. It’s not that I totally hate breakfast. I don’t. I just am not a big fan of cooking early in the morning unless it’s super easy (or a pancake-loving little boy makes a special plea). Most days, I am content with a slice or two of buttered raisin toast and a banana.

But on days like today, where the gloomy grayness of a rainy day is made worse by the chill in the air, it’s nice to wake to a belly-warming breakfast like oatmeal. There’s something so comforting about it.

This morning, the kids and I ate Toasty Coconut and Caramelized Banana Oatmeal, a tasty creation that I came up with at the request of Quaker Oats. I love swirling in the mashed caramelized bananas, which gives plain oatmeal a pleasant sweetness. The crunchy toasted coconut gives it a lovely texture and taste. The kids loved it all.

Toasty Coconut and Caramelized Banana Oatmeal

Toasty Coconut and Caramelized Banana Oatmeal

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, , sliced into 1/4-inch coins
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 packages Instant Quaker Oatmeal, , prepared (I recommend Regular)


  1. Meanwhile, heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the coconut and cook, stirring constantly until golden. This will only take about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside - wipe out the skillet and place back on the burner.
  2. Cut the banana slices in half (so they are half moons). In a small bowl, combine the banana slices, sugar and vanilla. Stir gently until well combined.
  3. Melt the butter in the skillet and add the banana and sugar mixture. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until the bananas soften and turn a golden brown color. Mash the bananas gently as you cook them. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. Divide the oatmeal into four bowls. Serve with the banana and toasted coconut, allowing everyone to top and mix their own bowl.

Disclosure: To participate in the Quaker Oatmeal Create Your Day program, I was compensated for creating this recipe. I was also provided with an oatmeal creation kit. Quaker did not tell me what type of creations I should make nor did they require me to use any specific ingredients.

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Wednesday 31st of March 2010

I like to start my day at 9:00 am – the waves are crashing, and I hope for an inspiring day. I'm competing in a race (laugh all you want) and need some extra oomph… so I can still have a night out!

My oatmeal had almonds, blueberries and chocolate chips


Wednesday 31st of March 2010

Yumm, I love oatmeal..and I finally got Tahir to eat it too. Looks like a great recipe and cool giveaway.

Patti V.

Tuesday 30th of March 2010

I have no idea if I did it correctly! My day started at 7 a.m. The city (!) was bustling and I was looking for an inspiring day. Later on I had to do a million errands.I was hoping for a little time to read a good book.

The end. .-= Patti V.´s last blog ..Linus and me =-.

josephine souza

Tuesday 30th of March 2010

I had fun doing this lil story. My story was about starting my day at 9am. The mountain air was fresh and i was looking for an invigorating day. Later on I would be throwing a birthday party.I was hoping until then now for a little extra peace and quiet. And maybe even have time later on for a book. My oatmeal creation was " happy birthday oatmeal " it was apples and cinnamon topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and graham crackers! YUMMY!!!

Linda Bundrick

Tuesday 30th of March 2010

I eat Quaker Oatmeal I had Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal topped with chopped walnuts and sliced fuels me up !!!

twitter follower : @nutmeg237 !!!