Do you ever eat breakfast in the morning just to find your stomach rumbling an hour later? This delicious combination of spices with bananas and steel cut oats gives your body the nutrition to boost your energy and keep you going. The creamy texture of slow cooked bananas with hearty steel cut oats will make you forget it’s a nutritious breakfast and not a dessert.
We make crock pot oatmeal quite a bit at our house. I can pack it up and take it to work and it’s even yummy the next day IF there is leftovers. I always get questions from my coworkers in the ER about what I’m eating, how did I make it or if they can try a bite. They’re like my extended family. We love what we do and work really well together. We have to. We work in such a fast paced career treating real life threatening injuries or illnesses. We have all experienced those cases of heartache that send us home hugging our family a little tighter. But we do it again the next day. We know we make a difference in the lives of our patients or sometimes in the lives of their loved ones. That’s what keeps us going. We see everything from gun shot victims that walk in, children fighting for their life after drowning, young successful adults who are suicidal, pain medication seekers, miscarriages, the homeless, objects stuck in every oriface and the list goes on and on. Not much surprises me any more. Cooking is my way of getting away from all that craziness I see everyday at work. It puts me in a place where I am serving my family and/or friends by doing something I love. It’s not stressful. I anxiously anticipate the finished product and love tasting that first bite (usually).
Well the was serious. On to the not-so-serious Banana Cream Pie Oatmeal… well, it IS seriously mouth-watering delicious. Adding bananas to the oats while it cooks gives such a creamy consistency. Just be sure you use ripe bananas. My husband once added bananas that were still a little green and firm thinking they would soften as they cooked. Not a good idea. They were rock hard in the morning. They don’t have to be brown, just medium ripe. When it’s done I like to add more bananas on top with some brown sugar and graham crackers. It’s so stink’n good! Try it for yourself!