Enjoy this warm bowl of healthy Caramelized Banana Oatmea, it is so flavorful and satisfying for breakfast!
Caramelized banana is one of my favorite oatmeal recipes that are perfect to have as a breakfast meal. It is ideal for everybody who loves to have a warm meal in the morning, which will keep you out of hunger for a long time, easy to prepare, and very delicious!
Oatmeal is a popular breakfast worldwide that is healthy, delicious, long-lasting, easy to prepare, and ensures a powerful start for your day. You can make your oatmeal with different kinds of toppings, but my number one favorite topping is caramelized banana!
Banana Health Benefits
Bananas have all the rich, healthy goodness, and it’s very delicious to have in your daily diet. It contains a high potassium level, vitamin B6, C, dietary fiber, manganese, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Bananas have different colors, sizes, and shapes which you can find at any fruit market or grocery store.
The most common kind of banana used for making dessert is Cavendish which is green when raw or unripe and becomes yellow as it matures. Researchers have discovered why bananas are a healthy and complete food that you can add to your daily diet. Here are some of the beneficial points that you can learn,
- Vitamin B6 of bananas can produce red blood cells, metabolize amino acids, eject any unwanted chemicals from your kidneys and liver.
- Vitamin C of bananas can protect our body’s tissues and cells from any damage.
- Banana is also well known for producing collagen, which can improve our skin and bone health.
- Manganese in bananas is very good for our skin.
- You can beat any gastrointestinal and bad digestion issues by eating bananas.
- Bananas are low in calories and very rich in nutrients; all of them can aid in weight loss.
- Antioxidants from bananas can decrease damage from radicals and also lower the chances of getting sick.
What are Pomegranate Seeds?
Pomegranate is a beautiful, delicious fruit that is filled with seeds. In fact, the name granite is a Latin form that means “many seeds.” The seeds in the pomegranate cover around 3% of the weight. Each of the seeds is covered around juicy and sweet that is known as an aril.
These pomegranate seeds are hard and nutritious, so do not discard them as you will miss all those essential health benefits. Here are some,
- Regular eating pomegranate can increase blood circulation and the RBC count in your blood cells. It can treat anemia, fatigue, and low blood pressure.
- If you have acne problems, then start eating them in your daily diet to get smooth skin. These seeds help to purify your blood, and they also have vitamin C, which will keep you youthful.
- It is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which are essential to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases.
- Enriched with dietary fiber, which has weight loss properties. It can boost your metabolism rate and keep you full for longer.
- These seeds have anti-cancer properties, which can reduce the spread of cancer cells.
- Green banana – use green banana and oatmeal for the base of this porridge, green banana has resistant starches which improves insulin sensitivity. You can find green (unripe) bananas in the Latino supermarkets or most supermarkets stock green bananas.
- Gluten-Free Rolled Oats – found online or in health food stores.
- Water – I used filtered water
- Non-Dairy Milk – almond, soy or coconut milk
- Allspice – gives a great flavor, substitute with cinnamon or cardamom
- Salt – makes the porridge pop, use sea salt, Himalayan pink salt or Kosher salt.
- Maple syrup – sweetens the porridge, substitute with agave, or date paste.
- Vanilla – adds flavor to porridge.
For Caramelized Banana
- Ripe Banana – fully ripened banana is great. I love it with speckles.
- Coconut oil – use cold-processed coconut oil.
- Maple syrup – gives the bananas a lovely flavor.
- Chia seeds – substitute with flaxseeds
- Pomegranate seeds
How To Prepare Caramelized Banana Oatmeal
- Peel the skins of the green bananas and discard the skin. If you want to use a box grater, then cut it into 2 pieces and grate both sides using the smallest side of the grater. Or else, you can use a blender or food processor, cut the white part into pieces and add to the blender with 1/2 cup water. Process until smooth and set aside.
- Add oatmeal, banana mixture, milk, allspice, remaining 1 1/2 cups water, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high temperature. Keep a close eye on the saucepan and stir occasionally.
- Reduce the temperature to simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring periodically.
- Add in sweetener and vanilla, stir the mixture.
- Pour the oil into a non-stick skillet and start heating at medium-high temperature. Add maple syrup and bananas. Cook on one side until golden brown texture for about 2 minutes. Turn and cook for another 2 more minutes to get an even consistency.
- To serve, separate the oatmeal into 2 bowls evenly. Add caramelized bananas, pomegranate, blueberries over the top and sprinkle some chia seeds.
Other Vegan Breakfast Recipes
- Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls
- Tofu Scramble
- Breakfast Banana Split
- Vegan Apple Breakfast Cake
- Skillet Sweet Potato
Can I Prepare it for Advance?
Yes, you can do it, but I will not recommend preparing the bananas in advance. When the oatmeal is prepared, you can keep it fresh in the fridge for 3 days.
If you prepare the oatmeal in advance, it will become a bit thick as it sits in the fridge. So, I suggest adding it to the stove with some milk to get a smooth, creamy, and nice texture again.
Tips and Tricks
- Use ripe bananas but not quite overripe or under-ripe. You don’t want to have any green spots and few brown ones. If they are under-ripe, they will take a lot of time to cook and won’t be sweet. If the bananas are too ripe, then they will become mushy in the skillet. Always keep in mind that riper bananas are faster to cook.
- Feel free to make this recipe with oats, grits, or even farina if you want to mix! For that, you will need to adjust the amount of liquid and cooking time that is mentioned in the package instruction. You can also mix your choice of nuts and seeds.
- You will need to have a good non-stick pan or skillet for this recipe. Bananas are too sticky, so I mostly prefer using a cast-iron skillet, but use what works best for you.
- If you prefer to cut calories and fat by avoiding maple syrup or salt, you can get a caramelized effect by broiling the banana.
- You can also use other sweeteners like brown sugar or coconut sugar, alternatively if you do not have maple syrup. If you want to use honey, it will work well, but I have not tried it before.
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- Preparation: 10 min
- Cooking: 30 min
- Ready in: 40 min
- For: 2 servings
- 1 green banana, peeled
- 1 cup Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
- 2 cups water, divided
- 2 cups almond milk, or coconut milk
- 1 pinch of ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 banana, cut in slices
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- Peel skin off green banana using a knife, discard the skin. If using a box grater, cut into 2 pieces and grate both pieces using the smallest side of the grater.
- If using a blender or food processor, cut white part in pieces and add to blender with 1/2 cup water. Process until smooth and set aside.
- Add oatmeal, banana mixture, remaining 1 1/2 cups water, milk, allspice and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Keep eye on pot and stir occasionally.
- Reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring periodically.
- Stir in sweetener and vanilla.
- Heat oil in a non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Add maple syrup and bananas. Cook on one side until golden brown about 2 minutes. Turn and cook for 2 more minutes.
- To serve, divide the oatmeal into 2 bowls evenly. Top with caramelized bananas, pomegranate, blueberries and sprinkle with chia seeds