A hearty bowl of oatmeal with all the fixings has long been a breakfast classic (many of us SELF staffers are known to eat the stuff daily), and with good reason: Oats not only soak up bad cholesterol with their uber high soluble fiber content, but they also work in a variety of dishes, from pancakes and granola all the way to veggie burgers and meatloaf. Whether you grind ’em up for breadcrumbs or toss a handful in a smoothie for extra staying power, oats are one versatile little super-grain. Go crazy for oatmeal with these two unique dishes.
Yield: 4 servings
for the baked oatmeal:
for the Bananas Foster:
1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 5-6 cup casserole dish.
2. Stir all of the oatmeal ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Set aside while you prepare the Banana Foster.
3. Add coconut oil, maple syrup, and Kahlua into a skillet. Increase heat to medium and whisk until combined. When the mixture starts to simmer and bubble, add the chopped bananas and stir well until coated in syrup. Sprinkle on cinnamon. Saut├® for about 5 minutes, reducing heat if necessary, until the bananas soften. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
4. Stir the banana mixture into the oatmeal mixture and scoop it into your casserole dish. Bake uncovered for about 40-45 minutes at 350F or until the top is golden and with a thin firm layer on top and a soft middle. You will think itÔÇÖs undercooked at first, but the oatmeal will firm up as it cools. Straight from the oven it has the texture of stove-top oatmeal, but when cooled you can pretty much slice it into squares. IÔÇÖve also been known to eat this cold straight from the fridge for a snack.
Dark Chocolate Chunk Strawberry Banana Bread
You’d never know by tasting it, but this decadently moist banana bread is secretly packed with super-healthy stuff like ground flax, almonds and oatmeal. Ditch the refined flour and opt for high-fiber, whole-grain oat flour instead to make a serious cut on refined carbs. Wanna make it yourself? Simply whirl whole rolled oats in the food processor until they reach a flour
1 hour 10 mins