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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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.