Let me begin by saying happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! Without you we wouldn’t not be the person we are today. So everyone remember, show your love to her not only today but every day. But to make this day extremely special rather than only a bouquet of roses, make a lovely, breathtaking and irresistible banana stovetop oatmeal.
I’ve always used instant oats for oatmeal but I always thought the texture was just a bit off… A bit too mushy and a bit too soggy. I began to do some research and I actually learned a lot about oatmeal. Yeah, I know that sounds really weird. “I have a vast knowledge about oatmeal.” Not interesting at all. But the different types of oats – rolled, steel and instant – make a huge difference in texture.
After buying rolled oats for my honey cashew granola bars, I didn’t want to put to waste a whole bag of oats. I’ve always loved oatmeal and today’s Mother’s day. Preparing for a surprise breakfast, why not make a whole hearty oatmeal? Super healthy and delicious, it’s so easy and affordable.
Since we aren’t using instant oats, a little more effort is needed. But not to worry, the most effort it literally pouring everything into one pot and heating till cooked through. Every second you put into making this will definitely be worth it. Besides, do some multitasking when the oatmeal is cooking away on the stovetop. Check some emails or reply to some messages with occasional stirrings in between.
The stovetop oats make a perfect base for any healthy toppings ranging from fruits to nuts. I usually add whatever I’ve got on hand and today it happened to bananas, pecans and chia seeds. Along with this delicious oatmeal, I served it with a tasty raspberry banana yoghurt smoothie. And let me tell you, this breakfast was definitely super filling. As everyone says, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
- 1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
- 1 1/2 cups Milk
- 1 1/2 cups Water
- 3 tsp Chia Seeds, optional
- 1 Banana, sliced
- 1 tbsp Honey
- Optional Toppings: crushed pecans
- In a small pot, combine oats, milk, water and chia seeds and stir together. Turn the heat to medium low and cook the oats, stirring occasionally. Cook until the mixture reachers your desired consistency. (I cooked it for about 15-20 minutes. Most of the liquid was absorbed but the oats were still very moist and creamy.)
- Stir in honey and bananas until bananas are warmed through and serve with any additional topping of your choice!
- This recipe yields 3 pretty generous servings. Adjust the amount of ingredients according to the amount of oats you use.
- I stirred my bananas in when my oats were almost done cooking so they became warm and a bit soft but not too mushy. The time you but it in will alter depending on how cooked you want your bananas to be.
- Make sure your bananas are ripe and sweet for all the flavors to be absorbed into the oatmeal.
- The chia seeds and optional toppings are health boosters, adding additional nutrition to the meal. So use your favorites to sneak in a bit more nutrients!