Sunday, April 10, 2011

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

I'm staring at the Blogger toolbar right now, looking for a button that will allow me to attach a 'smell' to this post. Unfortunately, I don't see one. Quotes, links, pictures, videos, but no smells? That's really doing you all a great disservice since I don't have enough words in my vocabulary to describe the smell of my breakfast this morning.

I had this brilliant idea last night that I would try making oats on the stovetop, I mean, it is Sunday morning, so I thought my breakfast deserved a bit more effort than my usual microwave quick oats I make while still half-asleep on weekdays.

We're in the midst of final exams right now so I planned to wake up at 7:30, do my ab workout, have breakfast, all by 8am. This way, I could get to library and finish up studying for my anatomy exam tomorrow and still have time for baking and my Hot Yoga class . But unfortunately my overly-optimistic self forgot that I don't actually know how to make old-fashioned oats on the stove, so by 8 I was still wondering how often I needed to pause my workout to stir the pot.

This is the part where I would have attached the 'smell' to this post because it is absolutely intoxicating. So please do pretend that I did and breathe in deeply. Doesn't that smell amazing? I know.

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Adapted from Stovetop Oatmeal with Whipped Banana
Yield: 1 serving

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch salt (don't forget this)
  • 1/2 a banana, sort of mashed
  • 1/4 cup milk or extra water
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons roasted chopped walnuts (roasted nuts are about 100 times more delicious than raw, see instructions here)
  1. On low heat, mix the oats, salt and 1 cup water. Cook for 4-5minutes
  2. Add the banana and cook for 1-2 minutes longer
  3. Stir in the extra milk/water, use more or less depending on how thick you like your oatmeal
  4. Top with peanut butter and nuts.
Had to take out the rubber spatula, it was that good.

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