Banana oatmeal with caramellized banana

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard, boring, expensive or time consuming. It can be easy to get stuck eating the same thing over and over because you can’t think of other ideas or maybe you are just someone who likes to eat the same meal over and over. But switching your meals can add variation to your diet as well as makes you enjoy different meals.

So as I wrote in my nutritional benefits of oatmeal post, there are many things you can do with oats. Stove cooked oatmeal, baked oats, overnight oats, granola, banana and oatpancakes and the list goes on. And the flavour combo for all of these varies.

But a super simple combo which I haven’t yet made or shared a recipe for is banana oatmeal. And no, it is just not just oatmeal which you add banana on top of. But you add a mashed banana to the oats when cooking. Preferably with some plantbased milk, cinnamon and vanilla as well. And cook on medium heat so that it becomes the perfect creamy texture! You can add other options for sweetener to make it sweeter such as stevia or syrup, or just using a very ripe banana.

I combined my banana oats with another banana which I had caramelized… the recipe is HERE. But it is really as simple as frying the banana slices in a little margarine or oil, then adding some orange juice or syrup until caramelized.

And also roasted walnuts. You can roast the walnuts in the oven, a few minutes in 200C. Or fry in a pan for a few minutes until they begin to get a little crispy, which is what I did. Roasting the nuts adds so much more flavour according to me.

So there you have a very nutritious and healthy breakfast which should keep you full for a long time… or until lunch anyway! You can add some vanilla soy protein to the oats for extra protein and texture, or swap the walnuts for almonds or just omit them. Or you could add some chia seeds or flaxseeds to your oatmeal when cooking as they help add volume and even creaminess to the oats.

Blueberry and banana baked french toast casserole | Vegan

By definition, french toast is bread that is dipped in eggs and milk and then fried… often coating in sugar afterwards. So by definition… not sure this can be called french toast.

More like a blueberry and banana bread casserole…. but well, baked french toast sounds a little fancier am I right?

So in the pasta i have made french toast, french toast sticks and airfryed french toast and have made banana-peanut butter bread pudding and i thought what happens if you combine bread pudding with french toast?

The result was very tasty!!

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Not exactly like french toast…. i guess it tastes the way you might expect bread that has been soaked in a sweet liquid and then baked might taste?

As this casserole needs to chill in the fridge for a few hours – or overnight, it is best to prepare it in the evening before so you can bake it in the morning. Or if you prepare it in the morning and then bake in the evening!!

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I have made several different baked oatmeal combos, and i thought it was time i try something new and different!

I am sure you can also make this into muffins like i did with the pb-banan bread pudding muffins/cups. Or you could make these into portion puddings by placing in glass lunch boxes which you need bake in their individual lunch box! Or you just make one serving which is better if you are making just for yourself.

Because i do admit it may not be so fun to eat this whole batch just for yourself… and you might need to freeze in then! But if you are making this for more than one (hopefully!) then you can use the same amount as stated!

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Recipe:

1 loaf sturdy bread, such as whole grain/brown bread. If you use white bread, leave it in room temperature and on a plate for a few hours so it goes a little stale. This will make it less likely to crumble when you add the liquid.

500-700ml liquid (plantbased milk. Or use 50/50 plantbased milk and plantbased cream). How much liquid you need will vary on what bread you are using. I.e some bread forms may need less liquid while others may need more.

60ml syrup

60ml chia seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla sugar/vanilla powder

2 bananas

1 package (250g) frozen blueberries

Almonds – or other nuts

Pinch of salt

Stevia

Note, you can omit the banana in the liquid mix if you want. And should work fine to omit the chia seeds, however i can’t gurantee the results.

How to:

Grease a baking tray/baking dish with some oil or vegan margarine.

Chop or rip your bread into small cubes. Place in the baking dish so that the whole dish is covered.

            Add blueberries, almonds and chopped banana ontop of the bread.

Begin making the liquid/sauce. In a mixer combine the plantbased milk, banana, syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and chia seeds. Mix until combined. If you don’t have a mixer you can just mash the banana and mix along with the other ingredients. Add a pinch of salt to the liquid. Taste and adjust sweetness according to preferance.

Pour the liquid over the bread, coating all the bread. Note, the bread should be covered in liquid however not completely drenched in the liquid! 

Cover in some foil and place in the fridge overnight or for several hours.

Once it has gone a few hours, preheat the oven to 180C and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is beginning to brown/turn golden.

Take out of the oven, allow to cool before sprinkling over some stevia and cinnamon!

Serve as it is or with some vegan vanilla yoghurt or whipped cream!

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If you try this recipe, don’t forget to let me know what you think 🙂 Or if you try any of the other recipes i linked above!!!

Note, as this doesn’t have any egg it doesn’t have any “eggy” taste which french toast typically may have. However, you can add 1-2tbsp nutritional yeast to the mix to add a bit of a cheesey/eggy taste 🙂 May sound strange but it does add an extra flavour!!

 

Sweet potato oatmeal

Oatmeal is delicious. Sweet potato is delicious.

What happens if you combine the two…?

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Well… a mix between sweet and savoury oats.

Apparently savoury oats is a thing… though it has never been something that has appealed to me or been something i have wanted to try.

My intention for this oatmeal was for it to become sweet… as sweet potato is rather “sweet”. However i found that it turned more into a savoury dish… something about the oats and sweet potato and the salted nuts that made this meal taste more like a savoury lunch/dinner.

I don’t hate this combo, it just might not be my favourite. Sometimes two good things don’t turn into one amazing dish, haha.

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One thing i can say is that it was incredibly filling – alot more filling than oatmeal on it’s own. So i could barely finish this portion.

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If you are looking for a new oatmeal combo… then give this a try… who knows, you may like it!

Otherwise, make mashed sweet potato and add some banan, cinnamon, peanut butter, stevia and nuts – that is an amazing snack/dish to eat!

Recipe for the sweet potato oats?

c.a 60g rolled oats

1 medium sweet potato – baked/microwaved until soft

1/2tbsp chia seeds

Cinnamon, vanilla and stevia

Oatmilk/soya milk

Bananas & nuts for topping – or use whatever toppings you like

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Begin by baking the sweet potato. First step is to poke holes into the sweet potato, then either bake in the oven at 220C for around 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of your sweet potato. Or bake in the microwave at fullheat for 5-8 minutes.

When the sweet potato is baked, start making your oatmeal by adding oats, water, chia seeds cinnamon, vanilla and stevia to a pot. I use just enough water to cover the oats. Optional, to add mashed banana to the oats instead of on top of the oats. Heat on medium heat and stir as necessary. Scoop out the inside of the sweet potato and add to the oatmeal. Mix.

Taste and add more flavour/sweetness according to preferance.

Keep stirring until it has thickened, then serve warm with some plantbased milk.

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Baked banana and apple oats! | Vegan

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Superfood may be a marketing term… but if there is one food i would definitely call a superfood is oats!

Oats are such an amazing food! Not only nutritious – a great source of fiber, has beta glucans which can lower blood sugar and blood cholesterol, vitamins and minerals as well as one serving having around 5-7g protein!

You can also make so many different things with oats! Oat pancakes, in smoothies, oatmeal, overnight oats, baked oats, in burgers and patties, bread, bars, pizza crust and the list goes on.

Also, in the past i have made a bunch of different oatmeal combos… but have never gotten around to making baked oatmeal! And now i am wondering why it took me so long to try?LRM_EXPORT_333736847326367_20190324_172004655.jpegLRM_EXPORT_333835853346489_20190324_172143661.jpegLRM_EXPORT_333936124340109_20190324_172323932.jpeg

It may not be my absaloute favourite way to eat oats… but it sure isn’t my least favourite. I really liked the baked banana and apples in the oatmeal… it added extra flavour, and the texture was slightly different from normal stove cooked oats!

This is a breakfast you can make to serve many! Or maybe if you are running low on money (Or just love eating oats for breakfast!), but are tired of eating the same oatmeal over and over… then why not try baking it? 🙂LRM_EXPORT_334016248969783_20190324_172444056.jpeg

I will definitely be making more baked oatmeal combos in the future. Not to mention, i love having my oatmeal ready as a snack when i get home from school. Though i have to say… i do love a warm – freshly cooked – bowl of oats and well, this meal is eaten cold mostly, haha.

Ingredients:

200g oats

350ml boiling water

2 apples (diced)

1 banana (sliced)

70ml oatmilk

2tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1tsp nutmeg

3tbsp coconut chips

Peanut butter

Optional: Raisins, walnuts

How to:

Preheat the oven to 180C.

In a bowl add the oats, cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg and the boiling water – mix and allow to sit and thicken for 10 minutes.

Then add the oatmilk and stir to make the oatmeal less thick. Then add the sliced apple and banana along with walnuts/raisins/peanut butter.

Place in a baking dish and spread evenly.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes!

Take out of the oven, allow to cool slightly and then enjoy with some oatmilk and extra banana!

Store in the fridge several days – perfect as a snack!

Orange caramellized banana! |5 minutes to make

Turning breakfast into dessert by adding a caramellized banana on top!!

In the past i have tried to caramellize a banana, but it just didn’t turn out the way i expected – and i really don’t know what i did wrong. It feels like caramellizing banana is a rather easy thing to do, so not sure how i messed up!!

So by definition, caramellizing means the browning (or oxidation) of sugar, which leads to a brown nutty flavour – which tastes so good!

You can slice the banana which ever way you want. Also… you can make a dessert out of it by adding some coconut cream and berries and maybe some peanut butter – instead of adding it to oats like i did!

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So how do you make caramellized banana?

You need:

1-2 bananas

1/2 tbsp vegan spread(margarine)

2-3tbsp brown sugar

60ml orange juice

cinnamon

How to:

Slice the banana in half – lengthwise. Or cut into small “dices”.

In a frying pan melt the vegan margarine, on medium heat. Add the brown sugar and then the banana pieces.

Allow to cook for around 20 seconds before you then add the orange juice and cinnamon. Cook for another 10-15 seconds, before turning the slices over and allowing to cook for around 40-50 seconds (or until caramel/gold – but not overly soft). Note, you can pour some of the liquid over the banana while it fries!

Don’t overcook as then it will go soggy 🙂 Eat warm and enjoy!

This may not be my everyday oatmeal topping – i love my oatmeal with just plain banana, berries and peanut butter!!!

 

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