It’s recipe time. I teased you the last two posts with this bowl of ooey gooey deliciousness and as I promised I deliver. Today I will share with you the recipe for my latest obsession: creamy banana peanut butter oatmeal prepared in the microwave in less than 5 minutes. This dish works as breakfast (brunch or brinner) as well as a snack, since it is so easy to prepare. Going heavy on the bananas while using less oats than oatmeal recipes usually ask for creates the beautiful creaminess of the dish.
Let me tell you something about my personal oatmeal story – while I am munching on a bowl of it for second breakfast. Oatmeal is not a typical German breakfast whatsoever. I grew up eating bread for breakfast, with an egg and freshly squeezed OJ on Sundays. But if you look further back, when I was 0-4 years old and still lived in Russia, porridge made of various grains was a completely common breakfast option. Even adults ate it and these early memories might be one of the reason why I was so excited when I first stumbled over oatmeal in the food and healthy living blog world. I was searching for easy to recreate recipes, after I moved out from my parents house and started cooking for myself. Not only was this dish a warm breakfast option for cooler days, it was also super satisfying and filled me up for a while.
I went through various oatmeal-phases: cooked or overnight carrot cake oats, baked pumpkin pie oats, eggy oatmeal, fluffy oatmeal with oat bran and through each of them I kind of raised the eyebrow on using the microwave for preparation. Wooden spoon and stove top, or the oven, were the traditional way to go, the microwave was good enough for heating it up if necessary. But lacking my usual baked, healthy snacks and craving a healthy satisfying snack some of the rainy afternoons here in French Brittany, I started to prepare a lighter version of my morning oats in the microwave.
What started out as an experiment became an addiction in no time and I started having oats for breakfast and snack and sometimes even dinner. With ingredients I do usually have at hand (even though oats are shamelessly expensive here in France – 1,80€ für 500gr compared to 0,40€ in Germany), quick to make and leaving only a mug and a spoon to clean up after, this recipe turned into my favorite lazy-student dish.
- 1/2 banana
- 3 T oats
- 1 tsp raisins
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of salt
- 3 T milk of choice
- 1 tsp brown sugar (I used Mascovado sugar)
- 1 tsp nut butter of choice
- Slice the banana and place in your dish. Add oats, raisins, cinnamon and salt.
- Pour hot water over the ingredients, until just covered. Add milk and stir.
- Place the dish in your microwave, and heat it up for 1 minute. Stop and stir, so it doesn't overcook. Microwave for 30 more seconds, stir, then 15 seconds, stir, and 15 more seconds or until it reached the consistency you desire. You might need to add an extra minute, depending on your microwave.
- Top it off with brown sugar, swirled into the oatmeal, and a teaspoon or more of your favorite nut butter.
- The times for the microwave may vary. You should keep an eye on it the first time you make it, since overcooked oatmeal is no fun to clean up.
Which brings me to another problem of mine: I threw away my old microwave when I moved out of my flat in Germany. I didn’t think it would become such an important kitchen tool for me and now Jay and I really have to get a new one as soon as we move in to a new flat! How else could I copy with my addiction for banana peanut butter oatmeal?