It sounds a lot fancier than it is. I mean, who has the energy for fig oatmeal in the morning?
Confession: I’ve never even cooked with figs. I don’t even know if I have seen them in real life. Where does a Minnesotan buy figs in March? I don’t have the first clue.
But I do know that my grocery store sells a nice jar of fig preserves, and that will work just fine for me, especially if this is all going down before 8am!
I recently found out how much I love caramelized bananas, and I’m having a hard time leaving them alone. And I’m not talking about putting bananas in your oatmeal and cooking it with the oatmeal. The bananas don’t even taste good when they get microwaved; they just get mushy.
That’s why I prefer to caramelize.
Caramelized bananas actually taste sweet and wonderful. The texture is still semi-firm, but the taste is so much … better. Could it be because I drench them in butter and brown sugar while caramelizing? After all, isn’t that what caramelizing is all about?
- ½ cup oats
- 1 banana
- ½ tablespoon butter
- A few spoonfuls of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon fig preserves
- Coconut for topping
- Prepare the oatmeal how you like it.
- Slice the bananas and combine them with the butter and sugar in a small saucepan. Stir it all for a few minutes over medium high heat.
- Arrange the bananas on the oatmeal, drizzling the extra caramel sauce on the oatmeal. Stir the fig preserves with a few drops of water until it becomes thin enough to drizzle. Sprinkle coconut on top for looks!
What’s your favorite way to start the day? Nine out of ten of my mornings start with oatmeal!