Looking for a way to reinvent your morning oats? Look no further than this creamy dreamy oatmeal sweetened with dates and bananas kicked up a notch with anti-inflammatory warming spices. Banana date oatmeal - guaranteed to make your mornings better!
I am nearing week seven of the Chef's Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. It has been an intensely gratifying and eye-opening experience. Days are often concentrated on singular subjects such as egg tech, cream soups, or sea vegetables, which, although delicious and inspiring, leave little desire to consume the topic of the class for some time. To make sure I am off to a nutritious and balanced start, I have been leaning on my rice cooker for my morning oats. Dates, ground ginger, banana, and cloves have been one of my "go-to" combos of late, which leaves me happily and healthily fueled all morning long.
Don't have a rice cooker? No problem. Included are recipes for both cooking techniques. This recipe calls for steel cut oats, which I have grown very partial to of late due to their limited processing, firmer texture, and density. Not a steel cut oat fan? Sub in rolled oats, if you prefer.
Spiced Banana Date Oatmeal
Radish rec: make a double batch and reheat for a few breakfasts or snacks throughout the week!
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/2 cup nut milk or milk of your choice, plus additional for serving
- 1 medium sized banana, sliced and lightly mashed with the back of a fork
- 4 dates, pits removed, roughly chopped
- 1/8 tsp vanilla bean sea salt
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 2 tsps ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsps chia seeds
- 2 tbsps chopped walnuts
- Bring the water, milk, and salt to a boil and add the steel cut oats, banana, dates, and spices.
- Reduce heat to low; cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes, depending on how chewy you like your oatmeal. Stir occasionally.
- Remove from heat and let stand for two minutes, top with additional milk, chia seeds, and walnuts.
Combine all the ingredients except for chia seeds and walnuts into a rice cooker. Turn on porridge setting and let cook. Top with additional milk, chia seeds, and walnuts.
Love your morning oatmeal? I would love to hear about your favorite combinations. Feel free to comment below!