February 2, 2012

Banana's Foster Oatmeal

Ever since I first tried Paula Deen's oatmeal recipe and learned of all the health benefits from eating oatmeal, I have been trying to eat it a few times a month.  When I found this recipe in my new Cook's Illustrated Cookbook, I knew it would be the perfect way to jazz up some regular oatmeal.  I will not eat oatmeal unless I have sliced bananas in it, so a banana's foster version was right up my alley.  Yeah, it has a little butter and brown sugar in it, but I usually top my oatmeal with brown sugar anyway.    

I thought it was very yummy and I absolutely loved the addition of the pecans.  I think this would be a huge hit with kids (minus the rum, of course).
adapted from: Paula Deen
3 1/2 c. water
1/8 tsp. salt
2 c. old fashioned oats (not instant or quick cooking)

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil and add salt.  Stir in the oats and simmer until thickened, about 6-8 minutes.  Spoon into bowls and top with desired toppings (brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, etc . . .).  Yield: 2 adult servings.  

Banana's Foster Topping:
adapted from: Cook's Illustrated
1 Tbl. butter
1 Tbl. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. dark rum (I added water and 1/2 tsp. rum extract)
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/4 c. pecans, toasted and chopped
pinch of allspice (I used cinnamon)

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat until melted; stir in brown sugar and cook until bubbling.  Off heat, stir in rum; return skillet to heat and simmer mixture until reduced and syrupy, about 1 minute.  Stir in mashed banana, pecans and allspice.  Serve over individual bowls of hot oatmeal.  

Jenn's Notes: I doubled the topping recipe, except I still only used 1 mashed banana. I love the flavor of rum extract, but you could always add vanilla instead.  This was a great way to serve oatmeal.    


  1. OMG..seriously! That looks sooooo good! I love any type of banana oatmeal and this is just over the top delicious!

  2. Oh yum! I love Bananas Foster and so to have an excuse to have it for breakfast - fantastic!

  3. Hi Jenn. I apologize for leaving this hear though I sent an email to your listed address which bounced. I'm a fellow food blogger and noted one of your recipes has been republished in full on Pinterest (mine too). http://pinterest.com/pin/219128338088859331/

    Wanted to let you know. Feel free to email if you like (there is an email option on the top of my blog) and I can tell you what I've done! Toni

  4. Breakfast never looked better!

  5. great recipe! I make banana oatmeal all the time for my kids. I bet they would love it if I made them this!

  6. This looks amazing! I'll be trying this soon! Thanks for sharing.


  7. Hmmm..... I have never tried oatmeal and bananas. Looks interesting. I can't eat oatmeal without a little help so I need to try this. Thanks for the idea! Pinning it...

  8. Oh my goodness! I made this for breakfast today - Yum! I eat oatmeal every morning, usually with apples and cinnamon. This was a fun change! Thanks for the recipe!



  9. OMG! I think I have gone to heaven! I am pinning this one! This looks amazing :)

    I am a new follower and look forward to seeing more great creations!

  10. I featured your oatmeal as a Bedazzle Me Monday Facebook Feature!! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Everything-Under-the-Moon/290147087666273

    Have a great weekend :)

  11. What a great idea! I love oatmeal, but this looks totally over-the-top ridiculous. :)


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