Make your breakfast just a little more exciting with this Bananas and Cream oatmeal! Banana cream, warm spices, plus crunchy walnuts make this a truly satisfying breakfast!
Song giving me life today: The Animals Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood — I’m sort of habitual, especially when it comes to breakfast. I will happily eat the same thing for months at a time without giving it much thought. My kids, however… Lawd… These kids. One of the disadvantages to being a baker is the expectation of variety which extends beyond cookies and cakes. These non cooking, eating me out of house -n- home kids expect something different every time like I’m a damn magician. Fortunately for them, I am a damn magician and poof! Here’s a Bananas and Cream oatmeal suckas!
Now flow with me and let’s talk about this Bananas and Cream Oatmeal. I love oatmeal and flavored oatmeal is no exception. A few years ago I came across a post that used a flavored cream stirred into prepared oatmeal and it sparked a trove of flavors which I plan to share here over the next few months. Cream oatmeal is so much fun to make. You can make any type of flavored cream, and have a different bowl of oatmeal every day. But today, we’re going to talk about this Bananas and Cream oatmeal because I know those ripe bananas are thisclose to going in the trash. Let’s save bananas today.
How to make Bananas and Cream Oatmeal
To make this oatmeal we begin with a Banana Cream. It’s pretty easy to make, you gather the ingredients and blend until smooth. You need the following ingredients to make this situation:
- Chopped walnuts
- Ripe bananas
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground Cloves
- Ground Ginger
- Granulated sugar
- Banana Liqueur (Seriously, you haven’t made this yet? What are you waiting for!)
- Unsalted butter
- Vanilla extract
Once the banana cream is smooth and blended, make your oatmeal. I make oatmeal the Dominican way – A bit of spice, lots of stirring, lightly sweetened. It reminds me of childhood mornings watching mami stir our oatmeal over the stove-top before a morning of cartoons . I urge you to make oatmeal *your* way; however, if you want to follow my full recipe for this oatmeal you will need:
- Whole milk ( I don’t do the skim or 1% thing)
- A little ground cinnamon
- Vanilla powder or extract
- Unsalted butter
- Granulated sugar
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. Don’t use quick cooking here. We’re going to stir and stir.
In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, salt, cinnamon, vanilla powder, butter, and granulated sugar. Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the oats. Simmer the mixture and stir until the oats thicken. I like to stir the entire time. It’s the way I was taught. You don’t really need to stir the entire time, however. Once the oatmeal is ready you ladle into bowls, then stir in the banana cream. I like to add toasted walnut for a bit of crunch. I will leave that up to you.
Questions and Tips for Making Bananas and Cream Oatmeal
Can I substitute the whole milk for another milk when making the bananas and cream oatmeal?
Of course you can! You can substitute the whole milk for almond milk, cashew milk, or any ‘milk’!
I’m Vegan, can I still enjoy this delicious Bananas and Cream Oatmeal?
I got you, boo! Instead of using heavy cream for the banana cream in this recipe, feel free to use coconut cream as a substitute and omit the butter. The oatmeal will have a light coconut flavor, but that’s definitely not a bad thing. As mentioned above, feel free to substitute the whole milk in this recipe with nut or soy milks.
Can I store the Banana Cream in the fridge if I don’t feel like using it right away?
YES! I store the banana cream in a wide mouth mason jar, however, any Tupperware container will do. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the surface of the banana cream will darken. Once bananas are peeled, they release enzymes the second they come in contact with oxygen in the air. There is no way to prevent this and it doesn’t affect the taste of the cream at all. You can brush the surface with a bit of lemon juice to retard the browning. It will however, affect the flavor. You can also cover the surface with plastic wrap. This method doesn’t really prevent browning. It does slow it down some. Again, the taste of the cream will not be affected.
How long does the Banana Cream last in the fridge?
The Banana Cream will last about a week and half in the refrigerator.
Do my bananas have to be ripe?
No, not really. I personally love ripe bananas, however, you can puree bananas at any stage.
That’s it! If you make this oatmeal, feel free to tag me on the Instagram!
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Bananas and Cream Oatmeal
For the Banana Cream
- 1/4 cup chopped Walnuts
- 1 cup banana puree about 3 medium sized very ripe bananas
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons banana liqueur
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Oatmeal
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder (optional)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
- 1 cup Old Fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
- banana cream
- toasted walnuts (optional)
Make the Banana Cream
- Combine walnuts, banana puree, spices, granulated sugar, heavy cream, butter, and vanilla extract in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer banana cream to a container. Place plastic wrap on the surface of the banana cream and with a tight-fitting lid. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Banana cream will last about a week, covered, in the refrigerator.
Make the oatmeal
- In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, salt, cinnamon, vanilla powder, butter, and granulated sugar (if using). Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the oats.Simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally until the oats increase in girth and the mixture thickens, about 10-15 minutes. Remove mixture from heat and stir in as much Banana cream as desired. Top with toasted walnuts. Oatmeal recipe serves two. Banana cream serves four.