Taste of Home’s Brown Sugar & Banana Oatmeal

Let’s face it. Oatmeal, in my humble opinion, is one of the most boring foods on the planet. When I was pregnant, I started each morning with some plain ol’ instant oats and whatever fruit I had on hand to try and jazz it up. Needless to say, it was never “jazzy” enough.

The thing about oatmeal is you can’t half-ass it. If you’re lazy like me, you’ve been throwing some hot water into your oats because it’s simply the quickest way to “get ‘er done”. In reality, when prepared the right way, oatmeal can be much yummier than you’d expect—still boring, but definitely tasty. Below is one of my favorite ways to make oatmeal, ever-so-slightly adapted from Taste of Home. Don’t worry: while it requires a little more effort than adding a cup of hot water, it’s not difficult in the least.

My blooper of the day was spilling boiled milk all over the stove. Classic me. I also want to mention that I never believe in serving sizes because one serving never seems to be enough for a sensibly hungry human being. However, in this case, the recipe really was enough for three. Enjoy!

Taste of Home’s Brown Sugar & Banana Oatmeal
*=altered for personal preferences
2 cups whole milk*
1 cup quick-cooking oats
2 medium bananas, sliced* (if you REALLY like bananas)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt*

1) In a small saucepan, bring milk to a boil; stir in oats. Cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
2) Stir in the banana, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, and salt*. Serve with additional milk and cinnamon if desired. Yield: 3 servings.


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