Burnt Banana Caramel with Oatmeal: A Life Changing Breakfast

Milk of Thy Kindness

 

I never liked oatmeal porridge. I suspect this dislike is due its mushy texture and that murky colour. That, and also it was literally all I had every time I was sick when I was younger, and I grew tired of its blandness. But we all know everything that is good for you might not necessary tastes good in your mouth. Like celery for instance.Ha! Dont judge me! But thats it since last year, I kinda promise my self to take a second look to all of my “avoid at all cost “ingredients. Give it a fair chance you know. For example cilantro, I grew to like it with seafood, and certain things. I learnt to  appreciate that sometimes things are bad because it is not well represented, like I remember the saying when I used to work at Starbucks. When people are saying the coffee is bad, its not the coffee itself that is bad, its probably what you are eating it with. So taking that direction, I gave oatmeal a second chance.

It was years ago when someone gave me a bite of oatmeal mixed with cream cheese, apple and butter inside an English muffin that transformed my dislike about oatmeal. I meant , the absence of its gooey stickiness really made a difference. I was determined. So few days ago when the pantry was low, and thats all I had, I was faced with my own commitment to deal with this. I am glad I did it. I must say this recipe is a keeper, side note: but must do it with the killer burnt banana.

I must say creamy oatmeal is much more appetizing. Vanilla soy milk and cream cheese and brown sugar works its magic by giving the rather boring lifeless oatmeal comes to life.Maybe the sweet salty and creamy texture was a distraction for me, but it was nevertheless a good one. I added raisin to give a little plump burst of fruity flavor, and crunchy toasted hazelnut oh my! Now lets talk about this burnt banana business. I love my banana ripe, and I love it blowtorched. I love anything blowtorched really, its an addiction. A fast, tasty addiction. The possibility is endless with this little monster.

I first sliced the banana into long thin slice, and slather it with some ovomaltine ( chocolatey spread that has cereal bites in it), almost like nutella with crispy bites in it, add some hazelnuts, and maple syrup to make it drippy all over the place. I like dramatic food. It only take seconds of blowtorch for the banana to turn brownish. Sweet nutty fragrant aroma mixed with smokey burn of the maple syrup and hazel filled the air. It was perfect.

Burnt Banana Caramel and Cream Cheese Oatmeal

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2 cups vanilla soy milk (( you can use any other milk if you like))
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon raisin
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ovomaltine/ nuttela
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut (toasted in a pan for few minutes to make it crunchy)

Directions

Step 1
Melt the cream cheese in a pot with the soy milk along with brown sugar. Add the raisin to plump them
Step 2
Pour in the oatmeal when the soy milk mixture is boiling. Cook according to oatmeal cooking suggestion.
Step 3
Plate the oatmeal and dust it with a pinch of cinnamon
Step 4
Slice a whole banana length wise into three slices.
Step 5
Put ovomaltine on top of the sliced banana and put the broken hazelnut pieces on top of the ovomaltine. Drizzle it with maple syrup
Step 6
Blowtorch the banana ( make sure you are using a heat resistant plate), and do it untill its brown and the sugar caramelized a little bit.
Step 7
Serve it and enjoy!

I hope you like it!

Xoxo

M

 

 

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