banana bread steel cut oats

Breakfast is my favorite. Most days I don't work until 9ish, "ish" being a cushion of about twenty minutes because in Italy no one is on time ever, ever. It's great. I drink my coffee slowly, read blogs and emails, respond to comments, plan the day, do some stretches, eat oatmeal. Look, even Manu knows how much I love it.
Can we discuss how much his English is improving? I just hope he doesn't ever stop saying things like, "do y have a breakfast". Because that would just be sad.
banana bread steel cut oats
banana bread steel cut oats
banana bread steel cut oats
Banana Bread Steel Cut Oats
(serves one)
1 1/2 cups water or milk*
1/4 cup steel cut oats
pinch of salt
1 banana
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla 
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Bring the water or milk just to a boil. Turn the heat to medium and add the oats and salt. Cook uncovered for 25-35 minutes stirring every now and then until the oats have absorbed most of the liquid. In the meantime, mash the banana with a fork in a bowl. Add the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and walnuts. Pour in the oats and stir well. *If you like your oats to be looser, you can add more milk at the end.

banana bread steel cut oats
Bananas and walnuts were meant to be together. Like me and breakfast, really. 
What's your favorite meal of the day? 

P.S. More breakfast ideas

16 comments:

  1. MAKE THIS FOR ME! Just kidding, I can do it :) I secretly wish that my boyfriend and I had a language barrier. It would be so much more fun. It's so sweet! 

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  2. hahaha! cracking up over here. i mean, men trying to communicate with women, foreign or not, is sort of its own language barrier at times! :)

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  3. Alexa C Evans8/06/2012

    Yum. It looks like a yummy dessert! Would totally have this every morning.

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  4. exactly! but it's healthy. :) thanks alexa! 

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  5. yum! breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and i need to spice it up a bit! i haven't tried steel cut oats yet. seems easy enough! 

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  6. Banana bread in oatmeal form sounds like a perfect breakfast!

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  7. my kind of hearty breakfast!

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  8. Hey Marissa, everybody's got comments regarding your oatmeal, but mine is regarding your phone screenshot :)

    what is this "chat" that you're doing? forgive my stupidity. Does that allow you to talk internationally for free? My boyfriend is just about to go abroad and I'm trying to figure out whether there's a way we could text or do something like that. Maybe you have some wisdom, with your long-distance relationship experience!

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  9. hi ida! it's an app called "WhatsApp" and it's just like sending texts except it's free! all you need is internet. you can't make calls on it, only text, so we do that and then have a skype call during the day. if he has internet on his phone you could use this! i highly recommend it!

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  10. nice! thanks robyn. i have to have hearty too or else i'm hungry after an hour!

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  11. yup saves the calories but not the flavor! (i could do commercials.) :)

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  12. oh goody, i'm glad you like it! it's just like oatmeal except the grains are smaller and it takes longer to cook. but they're less processed than regular oats so they might be better for you!

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  13. exactly! i always want something sweet for breakfast.

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  14. It just happens to be one of my favorite breakfasts!
    How do you manage to copy your WhatsApp screen on the Post? I wonder.

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  15. i took a screen shot of my phone with his chat open and then sent it to myself in an email, cropped it in iphoto and loaded it here! wow, that was complicated. 

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  16. Peggy Garbe8/07/2012

    Oatmeal is definitely one of my favorite breakfast foods!  Gonna have to try this version because I also happen to love banana bread too =)

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thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, i love reading them so much!

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