Sugar-Free caramelized banana oatmeal. In other words, the best oatmeal I’ve ever had.
My go-to oatmeal has always been my peanut butter banana oats. It’s easy, delicious and satisfying and I didn’t think anything could ever replace it as my favorite. That was until I made this caramelized banana oatmeal.
I will admit, the fact that it requires one extra dish means I will continue to make my easy peanut butter oats more often, but these oats will be around over the weekends. I can at least guarantee that. Especially on a rainy weekend like we just had. That’s right, after the extreme cold we’ve had over the last few weeks, the temperature rose to 10°C last weekend and we had heavy rain from Friday to Saturday. Now, all of our snow is gone. Almost all of it!
As much as I miss the snow (I love having a white winter), it did clear our very icy roads and made running and hiking a little easier. Our snow was so hard and icy that I couldn’t snowshoe anyway. Now the trails are cleared and I’m ready for a fresh layer of fluffy snow. Beautiful fluffy snow almost never lasts in Saint John though… One way or another, it always ends up being ruined after a few days, whether it’s from rain, freezing rain or increased temperatures. For now, I’ll just take advantage of the cleared trails and go hiking and running a little more. That’s what I did on Sunday. That and test some new recipes for the blog, including this delicious bowl of caramelized banana oatmeal.
You may be wondering how I caramelize my bananas without sugar? The answer: orange juice.
I know it sounds a little strange, but hear me out!
I went to Cuba with my family when I was in high school and one of my favorite memories from that trip is a dish they made with bananas. Such a foodie thing to say (I can’t help it!). While I don’t remember exactly how they made it (it’s been about 10 years), I do remember they used bananas, orange juice and butter. They may have added honey as well. They stirred everything on the pan and served it just like that. It was heavenly.
This dish came back to me a few months ago. I wanted to make caramelized bananas to add to my oatmeal and the answer suddenly came to me. Orange juice, just like they did in Cuba! Of course I skipped the honey, but guys, it turned out perfectly!
All I do is add a small amount of margarine and orange juice to a non-stick pan. I layer the sliced bananas and cook for approximately two minute on each side. That’s it! You’ve got some sugar-free caramelized bananas. It’s the best, especially when used as a topping for oatmeal. Just try it, you won’t regret it.
These caramelized bananas aren't like any other! These are caramelized with orange juice, making them sugar-free and absolutely delicious. All you need is a few extra minutes to cook the bananas while the oatmeal cooks.
In a small saucepan, add your oats, chia seeds and milk. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the oats and seeds have absorbed the liquid and the oatmeal has reached desired consistency.
Meanwhile, heat the margarine or oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the orange juice and let it sit for a few seconds before adding the sliced bananas in a single layer. Cook the bananas for 2 minutes on each side to gently caramelize and soften.
Top your oatmeal with the caramelized bananas. Stir in the oatmeal before eating to sweeten it. Add other toppings of choice. I like to top it with Sunbutter or peanut butter.
If you're like me and you never buy juice, use the juice of a fresh orange.
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