The Little Epicurean

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  Forget alarm clocks.  Nothing wakes me up faster than the sweet smell of breakfast in the morning.

Plus, breakfast is the one meal that its totally appropriate and acceptable to eat sweets (think: donuts, cinnamon rolls, maple drenched pancakes, chocolate croissants).

And then there are other mornings when you feel guilty that you had a little too much chocolate cake the night before and your body is aching for something healthy and filling.

I’m used to the pre-packaged oatmeal.  You know, the one that requires to just add water, microwave, and voila, you have instant oatmeal.

In the morning, I am usually too rushed or too hungry to wait half an hour or more for good wholesome   homemade oatmeal.  This overnight oatmeal is heaven sent.  It just requires a little preparation the night before and you are off to a wonderful morning.

Good morning, steel cut oatmeal.

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Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal

Yield: serves 2

Ingredients:

1/2 cup steel cut oats, also called Irish or Scottish oats

2 1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

1 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp dark brown sugar

2 Tbsp pecans, toasted, roughly chopped

1 banana, ripe, sliced

1-2 Tbsp granulated sugar

Directions:

1.  Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil.  Remove from heat.  Add 1/2 cup steel cut oats and cover.  Let sit overnight.

2.  In the morning, uncover pot.  The mixture should be creamy and slightly thickened.  Add salt, honey, and brown sugar.  Stir and bring to a boil.  Let boil for about 30 seconds then reduce heat and let simmer uncovered for 5-8 minutes stirring occasionally.

3.  While oatmeal is heating, heat up a sauté pan.  Sprinkle a little sugar.  Wait for the sugar to get warm then place banana slices on top.  Let sugar caramelize.  Sprinkle sugar on top banana slices then flip.  Allow other side to caramelize.  Transfer caramelized bananas to small bowl.

4.  Once oatmeal is to your desired consistency, ladle into serving bowls.  Adjust sweetness adding more sugar or honey to taste.  Sprinkle toasted pecans and caramelized bananas on top.  Enjoy your healthy and satisfying breakfast.

   

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