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…