Sweet, soft and melt in your mouth Caramelized Banana swirled and topped on a bowl of hot oatmeal is a breakfast you cannot resist.
How to make a Caramelized Banana Coconut Oatmeal
This Caramelized Banana Oatmeal is one of my favorite variation, especially when I have sweet overripe banana siting in my counter. Aside from using your overripe banana to make banana bread, you can use it to make this oatmeal variation. You can of course use a regular ripe banana without black spots, that’s the perfect world but I’m just saying don’t let your banana go to waste. The more ripe the banana, the sweeter it is and it takes less time to cook it. I’d say 30 seconds if it is really ripe, just enough time to coat it with the caramelized sugar and about 1 -2 minutes for regular ripe banana. You can adjust the cooking time depending on how ripe the banana, how soft you want it to be, and how much sauce you like. The longer the cooking time, the more the sauce will be reduce, so be careful with that. The oatmeal itself only have 1 tbsp sugar, an so the rest of the sweetness will come from the caramelized banana sauce.
Where can I used caramelized banana?
- Caramelized Banana can be served as a dessert on its own, so making a big batch of this is highly recommended. Its super easy, and delicious. I have a separate posts dedicated to making caramelized banana just because I think it deserves own post. Big Batch: Get the Full Recipe here
- Caramelized Banana are great to serve with Vanilla Ice cream, Bananas Foster Style
- Caramelized Banana can be used as toppings for cake, it work well with a Vanilla or Banana Cake. Arrange it on top and drizzle the syrup all over, yum!
- Last but not the least, use it as toppings for Oatmeal, Overnight Oats or Chia Pudding. Breakfast just got better.
Toasted Walnut: is optional, but for me if I have walnut on had, I would definitely add it. Toasted walnuts adds a nice touch of crunch to the creamy oatmeal and soft melt in your mouth sweet banana. So give it a try, will you?
Chia Seed: I’m kind of obsessed with Chia seed now so I add it all the time in my oatmeal. Ar e you familiar with the health benefits d of Chia Seed? They are super mighty little seed that gives you a lot of good benefits, check the short write-up below. If you don have them on had, it’s totally fine. It will not affect the deliciousness of this Caramelized Banana Oatmeal. Physically, the addition of Chia Seed make the oatmeal thicker with a more smooth texture. Chia Seed tends to create a jelly like texture once it cools down, making the oatmeal thicker as it cools.
Vanilla Extract: It’s really a small amount, so if you don’t have it, no need to rush out to get it. I just like adding it since I always have vanilla extract on hand, and I think it banana and vanilla works well together.
This recipe does not require any planning ahead. You can make this in the morning when you want to eat it, takes only about 15 minutes, that easy. I personally making it in the morning because the consistency is perfect while it is still hot. Although quite a lot of times I make this to go when I don’t have time to sit down and eat it.
One tip when reheating it, add few spoonful of water or milk to thin out the consistency. The oatmeal with or without Chia Seed will thicken as it cools, even more when refrigerated. So to bring it back to nice consistency, you need to add a little bit of liquid. For single serving, add 1-2 tbsp of liquid and stir then simply pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. take it out and stir again, adding more liquid as necessary to achieve the consistency that you like. Add the Caramelized Banana on top and return to microwave for another minute. Remove and add more toppings as desired. Easy breezy! Enjoy
Oatmeal are one of the easiest breakfast that you can make in just few minutes. The good thing about it is that it’s healthy and quite filling for something so simple. There are quite a lot of quick oatmeal in the market, from plain to flavored and there also rolled oats that requires cooking. Let’s talk a little but about oatmeal.
Types of Oatmeal
Steel Cut Oats (Irish Oats) – This type of oats has a finer texture but is chewier than traditional oats, they are digested more slowly and it makes you feel full easily. This type is perfect for breakfast cereals as they make you feel full longer.
Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned) – This type of oats are flat, thin and have bigger pieces than Steel Cut Oats. It cooks faster, about 10 minutes for 1/3 cup (depending on how chewy you like it). Although filling, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats, but if your recipe requires minimal cooking time or you do not have much time on hand, this is the perfect type of oats to use. I find that this type is also the one perfect for baking cookies, bars, bread or pancakes.
Quick Oats – This type of oats have flat, light and even thinner pieces as compared to Rolled Oats. This cooks in about 1-2 minutes and are perfect for recipes that calls for a very minimal cooking time. Although it is also a good option for breakfast, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats.
Instant Oats – This type of oatmeal has been pre-cooked and dried, because of this, it require no cooking time at all. You just need to add boiling water and let sit for few minutes to soften. This type of oatmeal doesn’t have chewiness and texture and can get mushy at times. This if perfect option when you are traveling and you need something on the go. Simply add hot water and you have an instant breakfast with you.
Flavor of the Month: Caramelized Banana Oatmeal
This month oatmeal flavor is Caramelized Banana Oatmeal. The same simple and easy ro cook oatmeal topped with sweet, soft and caramelized banana. They’re like a breakfast dessert which in my world prooves that I can have dessert for breakfast. I love how the caramelized banana made this oatmeal different from my regular oatmeal with fresh slices of banana. I love fresh fruits, but since I am having oatmeal more often than before, making different variation has become a fun habit to me. This is a simple variation, and yet it beyond simple it taste. The hot oatmeal plus the soft sweet banana always made me want more.
- 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tbsp Brown sugar (can be substituted with other sweeter of your choice)
- 2 tsp Chia Seed – optional
- 1 tsp butter (can be substituted with water or milk)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract – optional
- pinch of salt
- 1 Large Banana – sliced
- 1 tbsp toasted walnut – optional
Mix the cocoa powder and hot water until into forms into a smooth chocolate paste.
- Make the Base Oatmeal: Pour milk in a pan. Add rolled oats and simmer in medium heat for about 10 minutes. Make sure to stir from time to time to avoid sticking at the bottom and from forming a “film” or “skin” on top. Add brown sugar, 3 tbsp raisins and 1 tsp chia seed. Cook for another 5 minutes. You can serve it as this stage but if you want a smoother creamier consistency, cover and cook in low heat for another 10 minutes. Taste and adjust sweetness as desired. The consistency of the oats will thicken as it cools, if you are serving it immediately, you can cook it a little bit longer to get a thick consistency. Cooking time is flexible, cook less or more time to adjust to the texture and consistency that you prefer.
- Make the Caremelized Banana: In a heated pan, add butter and brown sugar. Stir until sugar is fully melted. Add water, salt and vanilla extract and stir, then add sliced banana. Cook more or less 1 minute depending on how ripe the banana you are using.
- Serve: Transfer oatmeal in a bowl and top with caramelized banana. Sprinkle with chopped toasted walnut (optional) or any additional toppings you like.
I am using quite a lot of liquid here because I like my Oatmeal consistency to be not too thick and also because I like to cook it longer than 15 minutes for a smoother creamier texture. Also, chia seed absorbs liquid and makes a jelly like consistency. If you like a thick oatmeal, use 1 1/4 cup of liquid but bear in mind that the oatmeal thickens as it cools. If you are making it ahead of time (overnight), I suggest use 1 3/4 cups of liquid so that it wouldn’t be too thick the following day.
One tip when reheating it, if the consistency gets too thick for you, add few spoonful of water or milk to thin out the consistency. The oatmeal with or without chia seed will thickens as it cools, even more when refrigerated. So to bring it back to nice consistency, you need to add a little bit of liquid. For single serving, add 1-2 tbsp of liquid and stir then simply pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. Take it out and stir again, adding more liquid as necessary to achieve the consistency that you like. Return to microwave for another minute. Remove and add toppings as desired. Easy breezy! Enjoy
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