Almond Banana Breakfast Oats

Monday, January 16, 2012

  
I'm a bit of an old fashioned girl when it comes to breakfast.  I'm not into "grab and go" types of foods, smoothies, pastries, or anything cold.  Instead, I love to cook up a pot of oats every morning, even when it's 100 degrees outside and sweat is pouring down my face.

I am not exaggerating when I tell you I have been eating this breakfast every. single. morning. for years.  To be more specific, since September 2007.  (I know it might be weird that I know this but I have a very meticulous memory for remembering dates.)  It's the first recipe that I can ever claim to have created myself, and it's truly a keeper in my book.  I love it.  So, I thought I'd share my most treasured recipe of all time.  It's so simple, but..I still swoon every time I eat it. 

I'll stop gushing over oatmeal now.  

Almond Banana Breakfast Oats
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup gluten-free oats
cinnamon
1 banana
1 tbsp almond butter

In a small pot over high heat, warm the almond milk.  KEEP AN EYE ON IT.  Once it begins to boil(it goes from boiling to bubbling over the pot in seconds), add in the oats, reduce heat to medium, and stir until oats are combined with almond milk.  Sprinkle with cinnamon(I am a fiend when it comes to cinnamon and I cover the entire top of the oats & almond milk with it) and stir until combined.  Check back ever couple of minutes and stir occasionally. 

While the oats are cooking, slice up a banana into a bowl.  Measure out a tablespoon of almond butter and place in bowl as well. 

When the almond milk has significantly reduced(about 5 minutes), lower the heat to simmer.  Stir and allow the oats to become your desired consistency(I like them when there is just a tiny amount of almond milk still visible). 

Remove pot from heat and pour/spoon oats overtop of the banana and almond butter.  Eat and fall in love.

Some notes:
-Do not replace the almond milk with water.  The taste and texture will suffer significantly.  Other vegan milks should work, though.  (I used to make it with soy milk.)
-The type of cinnamon can vary how amazing your oats end up.  I prefer Vietnamese Cinnamon, which I get at Whole Foods.
-I buy a bunch of bananas each week, and search for one that has various sizes of bananas in it.  That way, I can choose the banana I want to use each morning depending on how hungry I am (the hungrier I am, the bigger the banana).
-Try to get a slice of banana and a bit of almond butter with each spoon of oats. 

59 comments:

  1. Looks yummy! Never thought about eating oatmeal with any type of nut butter. Hmmmm... =)

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    1. brooke- i highly recommend adding nut butter to your oatmeal. it will change your life ;)

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  2. yum! You should submit this to our site www.healthfreakfood.com . people would go crazy for it!

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    1. thanks, ladies! i definitely will! ;)

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  3. I eat that same combo almost every morning too :) Super delish & nutritious! But since I am a bit more grab-n-go, I make my oats the overnight way and heat 'em up in the morning!

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    1. that's awesome, jes! it's just such a great combo. i've never made overnight oats before, but that's definitely a great way to save on time if you have to grab and go!

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  4. That does look good. I make a variation using coco. Cook my oatmeal with water. Then dissolve a spoon of coco in hot water. Stir into oatmeal. Then i mash a banana and put it into the oatmeal. Heaven.
    Sure fun to jazz up plain old oatmeal.

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    1. cocoa in oatmeal does sound good! thank you for sharing your variation ;)

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    2. Yummm, I would add peanut butter! Great ideas for boring oatmeal!

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  5. that looks like a hearty breakfast! i have been eating my savory oats and nuts Poha 2-3 times a week since ages!

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    1. it is hearty, but i never feel heavy after eating it ;) i'm not sure what poha is, but i'm very curious and am going to look it up!

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    2. here is some Oats Poha! http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/2011/12/savory-breakfasts-oats-poha-potato.html
      for some reason i like to eat more savory for breakfast with some light indian spiced tea! good old indian me:)

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  6. I saw a picture of this on Pinterest and had to check out the recipe. The page almost didn't load for some reason and I was about to throw my computer becuase I knew I needed this recipe!! lol I have had a love for oatmeal lately and it looks amazing. Although I do have to say I sadly don't know what almond butter is... but will be looking into it in the morning!

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  7. Oh, stilly me! I am already following your blog, I guess I would have seen this recipe anyway. So happy you shared. You have no idea how much I am craving this right now! and who knew how simple Almond Butter would be to make! Exciting stuff! :)

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    1. aww kayla! i'm so flattered that you NEEDED the recipe! so glad you were able to get it ;) and, yes, almond butter is super easy to make! it's also available in a lot of super markets in the organic/health section or with the peanut butter.

      when i make almond butter, i preheat the oven to 300 and roast the almonds for 20 minutes, flipping them after 10 minutes to prevent burning. allow them to cool, and then process in a food processor with a pinch of sea salt until it becomes smooth and buttery(about 10-20 minutes). make sure to scrape down the sides of the food processor as necessary ;)

      i typed that off the top of my head at 7:30 am, so if it doesn't make a ton of sense, let me know!

      and i reeeeeally hope you love the oats! ;)

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    2. I tried the Oat Recipe this morning minus the Almond Butter (I will hopefully get to that today.. :)) I did not have gluten-Free Oats, so I just used the normal ones I had & it tasted great. I love Almond Milk & I think it made a pretty big difference in the taste. Plus w/ Bananna it was great. SO Great my son ate half of it. :) Your directions on how to make the almond butter sound simple & I will let you know how it goes. Thank you for responding. :)

      I do have another question. I saw pictures of "Hottie Black-eyed Peas & Greens with Cheezy Broccoli Polenta" on your blog but I did not see any recipes- Are they posted on your site? It looks sooo good, I must try it as well. :)

      I am not vegan but have to say your blog is giving me some inspiration. You have very Different (In a GOOD way) Recipes. :)

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    3. i'm so glad you loved it even though there was no almond butter ;) and that your son loved it, too! yay!

      the hottie black eyed peas & greens is actually from the cookbook "appetite for reduction", but the recipe is on the ppk website:

      http://www.theppk.com/2011/12/hottie-black-eyed-peas-with-ginger-sweet-potatoes-apples/

      i'm SO happy that i am inspiring you! if you have any more questions, feel free to ask ;)

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    4. Guess what I made today?..... Almond Butter. :) Tastes Great! Thanks so much for the Recipes! I am enjoying them. Looking forward to making the Black Eyed Peas & greens. do you also have the recipe for the "Cheezy Broccoli Polenta"? I am having a hard time figuring out how to navigate on blogspot. Hope I get the hang of it soon! :)

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    5. you go girl! that's awesome that you made almond butter!

      the cheezy broccoli polenta is one of my recipes that i guess i never actually put up. but i will soon just for you ;)

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    6. Yay! Thank You. Looks amazing!

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  8. I also eat a bowl of oats every. single. morning! It's a joke with my friends - like those who can't start their day without a cup of joe, I am miserable until I have my oats! Love the banana and nut butter combo. Good to know there's someone out there with the same oatmeal-dependance as me!

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    1. every.single.morning for sure! after eating it for so long, my body just..needs it! and that's awesome that you love the banana nut-butter combo, too! great minds think alike ;)

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  9. See, this is my issue with oatmeal. For some reason, it never keeps me satisfied or satiated. In fact, if I am drinking coffee with it, I get the jitters because the oatmeal does nothing for me. I thought it's supposed to stick to your bones??? Not these brittle bones, that's for sure. Anyway, your oats breakfast actually look like it would be filling, so I might have to give it a try. But then that means I have to break my eat-a-homemade-waffle-everyday-for-breakfast tradition :)

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    1. do you eat instant oatmeal with nothing added? because that's like..150 calories and not a ton of fiber(or fat or protein). but gluten-free rolled oats plus a banana and almond butter is filling. tons of fiber, protein, and some fat. you should give it a shot ;)

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    2. I am new to this gluten stuff... Are Gluten-Free Rolled Oats actually better than Rolled Oats? Do Gluten-Free foods have like more fiber/protein (the good stuff)?

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    3. they aren't necessarily *better*, unless, of course, you are allergic to gluten. rolled oats in general are better than quick oats or those pre-packaged oatmeal envelopes because they haven't been processed as much, so it retains more of it's fiber and nutritional value ;)

      i buy this brand: http://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-rolled-oats.html

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    4. Oh Okay, I just was not sure about that. I was reading through your comments & read about the "Thicker" oats, if you happen to try them let me know how they are. I have never heard of them but sounds good. I made some more of this last night & asked my husband if he wanted some even though I know he doesnt like oatmeal but he had some becuase it was healthy and he was going to eat junk if he didnt eat something else and he liked it. I think the almond milk makes a huge difference! :)

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    5. wow, that's great, kayla! i'm so glad your husband liked it!

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    6. EEeeeeewww instant oatmeal??? Grooooosssssss! No I actually do steel cut oats with chopped almonds and walnuts. Maybe I should add some fruit and nut butter instead though eh???

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    7. just making sure(since you said it didn't fill you up)! i think you should try it with fruit and nut butter..even if it's only once ;)

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    8. Cara, I agree with you 100%! I can never just eat a bowl of oatmeal. It actually makes me ravenous. I don't get the "sticks to your bones" thing either. I don't know why that is that it does absolutely nothing for me. That said, I still eat oats, I just make sure I have a good solid protein source as well. This recipe looks delish! I'm currently grain-free, but when oats come back, this one's being made for sure!

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  10. Wow, it's like we're soul mates. Not only do I eat this same meal like every single day, but the fact that you use Whole Foods Vietnamese Cinnamon, well that pretty much cemented our relationship. I freakin love that stuff and have been known to keep anywhere from 8 to 15 jars of it in my pantry on any given day. My mom once asked me if she could have a one of my jars to replace her's that had just run out, and it was like she had asked me if she could have one of my eyeballs. I just couldn't do part with it. Needless to say, she was kinda miffed. Sorry Mama!

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    1. wow, that's amazing! we ARE soul mates ;) well, maybe breakfast/cinnamon soulmates ;) that's adorable that you keep so much of it on hand- i guess you can never have enough of the good stuff. (and, ps, i don't like sharing either, ESPECIALLY food related items.)

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  11. Yum! I do the same thing with buying bananas. I try to buy a bunch that will last me all week and will vary depending upon how I feel in the AM!

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    1. it's good to know i'm not the only weirdo who stands at the banana table and inspects 10 different bunches before choosing the right one ;)

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  12. I love this! I have been adding almond butter to my oatmeal for as long as I can remember :)! Delicious combination you have here!

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  13. This looks amazingly appetizing. I love oats and was looking for a different way to make them. Looks like someone else has tried them and fell in love. I can't wait to "fall in love" too!

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    1. anon- i hope you "fall in love"! ;)

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  14. Def going to have to try this nut butter recipe. I love hearty oats. My (old) newest recipe was a dessert oatmeal we call apple pie oatmeal where u replace ~1/2 the water with apple juice and add a sliced up apple to the box directions- when done sprinkle with cinnamon and some brown sugar...sweet & heavenly!

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    1. that's sounds delish, melis! thanks for sharing!

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  15. This looks yummy!! I have made oatmeal and when my almondor peanut butter jar isalmost empty, i would pour my oatmeal in the jar and stir! No waste!

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  16. I made this for breakfast this morning. It was amazing! I also added a couple tablespoons chopped almonds, and a couple teaspoons of chia seeds. I could seriously eat this every day! Thank you!

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    1. yay michelle! i DO eat it everyday! you're welcome ;)

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  17. Okay just bought Almond milk for the first time and was distressed to see all of the crap added to it including Guar gum. Did I just get the wrong brand? Is there better out there?

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    1. i get almond breeze unsweetened vanilla. there's no guar gum in it: http://almondbreeze.com/?navid=329

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  18. This sounds so yummy, but I have almost no time to make breakfast in the morning before work and like to bring my breakfast to work. Do you know if there is a way to make "real" oatmeal ahead of time and bring it with me? I feel like it would get dried out and clumpy. Any thoughts??

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    1. what i would do is make the oatmeal when you have the time, but don't allow it to thicken completely. store in a microwave safe container and heat it when you are ready to eat. if you are very worried about dryness/clumpiness, you can add a touch of almond milk before reheating. good luck!

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  19. See, this looks super good BUT I don't like oatmeal :( I thinks slimy. I want to like because it's healthy. I have only tried a few different instants (eeeeewwww lol). Do you think I might like this? Or is it still slimy?

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    1. well, instant oatmeal and this oatmeal are two different beasts. i don't think this tastes slimy AT ALL, more like a thick porridge.

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    2. Thanks! I'm going to get everything today. Are the gluten free oats lower in fat or better than the regular? I have a canister of rolled oats for cookies I make.

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    3. i am very sensitive to gluten, so i always get gluten-free oats. i also happen to think they taste better and have a better texture. but if you have regular oats and aren't sensitive to gluten, you can use those. good luck!

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  20. This looks great! My favorite stir-in for oatmeal is orange marmalade! YUM!!!

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  22. Thank you so much for your recipe!!! I made it this morning and LOVED it!! I've been looking for a way to enjoy oatmeal as well as almond butter and FINALLY found the solution thanks to you!!

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  23. I HAVE TO TRY THIS RIGHT AWAY

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  24. I had seen this recipe a while ago but never got the chance to try it and so this morning I decided to give it a go and OH MY GOODNESS it was DELICIOUS. I am now going to make this everyday :))

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    1. so glad that you enjoyed it, eloise! thank you for commenting ;)

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