Reader’s Request: Banana Custard Oats

by Holly on November 17, 2010

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Sometimes I forget that normal people don’t know what healthy foodie staples like nutritional yeast, kombucha and Vita-Mix blenders are.

It usually isn’t until a friend or dear member of my family inquires about these seemingly normal-to-me things that I realize I should probably explain them further on the blog. Thanks to Chris, an Everythingtarian reader and mom to my dear friend Darcey, I am going to do exactly that today.

The question of the day: what are Banana Custard Oats?

The term “custard oats’ simply refers to the fact that I add an egg to my oatmeal while it’s cooking. Add a mushed naner to the mix and – voila! – you’ve got Banana Custard Oats.

Besides creating a delectably thick, creamy bowl of oatmeal, one egg adds about 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of belly-satiating fat to my breakfast. As somewhat of an oatmeal expert, I can confidently say the addition of the egg keeps my inner hunger beast quiet for around 4 to 5 hours. While the thought of adding raw egg to your oatmeal may sound weird and slightly disgusting, just trust me on this one.

We’re friends, right?

And friends trust friends, right?

Good. Let’s start.

Step one: Assemble ingredients.

For a single serving of these custard oats, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 small to medium banana
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 T maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

Step two: In a pan over medium-low heat, add the oatmeal, water, egg and salt.

Light up your fire and whisk, whisk, whisk!

Step three: After the oatmeal, egg and water are well-mixed, step away from the stove.

This may be your only free minute in this whole process, so I suggest you use this time wisely by brewing a warm cup of coffee. Add your preferred mix-ins (mine being a hefty splash of milk), and take a long, leisurely sip.

Alright, your leisurely sip is up.

Back to work!

Step four: Peel your banana, and mash with a fork.

Step five: Once the oatmeal is cooked to your desired thickness (I like mine real thick…TWSS?), add the mushed banana, cinnamon, maple syrup and mix well.

Turn off your stove.

Step six: Pick your toppings.

The step is by far the funnest in the whole process.

Yes, I still don’t care that funnest is not a word.

While sometimes I like to get crazy with my toppings by dumping a cacophony of granola, nut butter, coconut, chocolate chips and trail mix on my oatmeal, I also like to keep it simple with just peanut butter and crushed peanuts.

Step seven: Scoop your oatmeal into a bowl, drizzle your nut butter over the top and sprinkle with your desired toppings. Grab your cup of coffee and sit your tush down on the nearest seat.

Step eight: DEVOUR.

Simple as that.

Now, about that kombucha…


sofia November 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm

uhm, i actually have all of these ingredients in my fridge/ pantry drawer thingy, so this may have to be tomorrow’s breakfast. and as much as i’m aware of these blog-friendly foods, i’ve never eaten many of them, from the simplest eggs-in-mah-oats to the more exotic chia seeds. this seems very doable though (unlike chia seed concoctions), so i may have to give it a try. instructional lessons such as these are even helpful for fellow blog-folk, so thank ya miss holly!

Alex @ IEatAsphalt November 17, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Well, I don’t have any bananas (except the frozen variety and Im too impatient to defrost in the AM) but I do have some pumpkin. Stay tuned for pumpkin custard oats?

Danielle November 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Amazing! I cannot believe I’ve never thought to do this. You rock my world. Now, as a friend, I will finish your last thought for you:

Now, about that kombacha… just make sure it’s fresh-brewed, add the vodka, and you’re good to go!

Ashley November 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Thanks for the recipe, this is definitely being eaten at my house tomorrow :D

Katie November 17, 2010 at 11:33 pm

HA my friend at work yesterday couldn’t stop laughing that I titled a post “…. nut butter”! I forget that normal people don’t think/talk about things like that all of the time, and thus only think of the logical dirtiness of the name.

Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) November 18, 2010 at 1:06 am

OMG that oatmeal is SO incredible!

Lynn @ The Actors Diet November 18, 2010 at 1:24 am

pretty pretty oatmeal! i usually add egg whites to mine and they get uber fluffy…

Erica November 18, 2010 at 5:00 am

yayy for extra protein and fat. Adding those two things to my breakfast totally keeps me full throughout the morning. Great “how to”

susan November 18, 2010 at 5:37 am

Hoo-rah for custard oats! I remember when you and Susan taught me their beauty last year. I haven’t made them in a while though. I’ve been on a pumpkin protein oats kick that I can’t seem to shake!

And yes, us meeting and becoming pals is definitely on my blogging bucket list!

Lauren November 18, 2010 at 5:48 am

This could be the most delicious sounding bowl of oats ever. Custard in your breakfast menu? Now that’s living! :)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 18, 2010 at 6:04 am

I love how everyone has a different liking for oats. I like my oats very creamy and moist – almost like pudding. That’s why I really like the quick cook oats because they’re smaller pieces!

Matt November 18, 2010 at 6:09 am

That is how I make my oatmeal!
We are twins ;)

Amber November 18, 2010 at 6:15 am

That sounds so yummy Holly! Thanks for the recipe. :)

Tessa November 18, 2010 at 6:35 am

Banana oats never get old! Errrr oats period never get old

Evan Thomas November 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

Please make me breakfast in the morning since I’m usually too groggy to make anything healthy and default to eating fudge from the pan(to my credit, it was 7am and I was on my way to the gym)

Damaris @Kitchen Corners November 18, 2010 at 9:16 am

and…it’s 7:16am and I’m going downstairs to make this for breakfast.

Dana @ my little celebration November 18, 2010 at 11:35 am

Perfect post.

Well written.

Beautiful photos.

Oatmeal done right.


Lauren November 18, 2010 at 11:49 am

Looks great! Might have to make that this morning :)
I started making my own Kambucha about four months ago and love it! Hopefully you make yours too :)

Sami November 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm

i always wondered which steps when…good to know. you may have just convinced me to get my butt up early enough to cook stove top oats tomorrow instead of the quick microwaving while i’m curling my hair and eyelashes at the same time. yeah. i get ready in about 20 minutes EVERY morning. sleep is important :) anywho. tomorrow may be the day… :) we shall see. xo.

Maya November 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I love me some custard oats. I love anything custardy in general, it’s really comforting to me. Trifle, pudding, bread pudding, custard tarts…mmm.

Christine November 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Those pictures are AMAZING. I really need to get my photography skills up to snuff…

emily (a nutritionist eats) November 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I’m making oats with an egg TONIGHT! (well, for bfast tomorrow) I’ve been putting it off and then always forget until after the oats are already cooked but it is going on my to-do list right now!

Dorry November 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Delish! And adding an egg is such a good way to boost the bowl’s protein. I also love peanut pieces – it’s all about the texture in my oats. :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm

love the tutorial..and they look awesome!

and i have soooo much kombucha and socby’s here that if you want a scoby, tell me! I will mail you some. you put it in a jar with brewed sugared up tea, and wait a week. You will have ‘booch :)

sarah@sarahnotsoplainandtall November 19, 2010 at 12:42 am

I dont think I have ever heard of an egg in the oatmeal…must try this one :)

Katie November 19, 2010 at 6:25 am

Haha, my co-workers are always the ones to tell me that they don’t know what some of the foods on my blog are. Things like chia seeds, nutritional yeast, green monsters – I forget that those aren’t really “common” food items outside of blogworld.

That bowl of oats looks supurb – and your pictures are out of this world. I’ve gotta get me a new camera, I’m super dooper jealous. ;-)

Ravenous Rowie November 22, 2010 at 5:35 am

I had never heard of this before, but it actually sounds pretty tasty! I bet it’s super satisfying and filling too! I might just have to try this one!

Rachel Wilkerson November 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

This is so great! I have been adding protein powder to my oatmeal for more protein, but this is cheaper/healthier. Love it!

Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 30, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I’ve added egg whites to oats but never a whole egg! Maybe I should try that…

Mel December 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I am SO making this for breakfast tomorrow

Emilly June 10, 2011 at 7:07 am

OK…I have to start by saying that I have been one that has NEVER EVER EVER liked oatmeal. I grew up on Farina so eating oatmeal was OUT OF THE QUESTION. Throughout the years I’ve tried different recipes, etc. so I can include oatmeal in my diet and I’ve never liked any of them…until today. I found this recipe a few days ago and said to myself “this sounds good but does it taste good?” Last night I bought a small container of oatmeal and bananas (I had to go to the grocery store anyway) to prepare to make this for breakfast. I followed the recipe (omitted salt) still curious to see what this would taste like. Once I put the mashed banana/cinnamon/maple syrup in the pot, mixed it up, and then…I put the spoon in my mouth to clean it off and it was like HEAVEN!!! I saw the clouds open, instruments playing…ok ok…sorry…I’m eating it now as I’m typing this :). Sorry for the long melodramatic write-up but bottom line…I found an oatmeal recipe that I love and can’t wait to make it for my boyfriend, family, and friends. This is delish and will be spreading the word to my friends about this recipe. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! (just put another spoonful of oatmeal in my mouth) . I’m so happy I found something different to make for breakfast…

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