Banana Split Oatmeal

Have you ever seen the Tribute to Oatmeal over at Kath Eats? It is a mecca of oatmeal goodness, and provided the inspiration for this morning’s oatmeal experiment. I was really excited by the prospect of an oatmeal banana split, but wanted to try and take it a little further to represent what instantly comes to mind when I think “banana split” – a scoop of chocolate, a scoop of strawberry, and a scoop of vanilla. That’s right, I went with three different flavors of oatmeal to crank this bad boy out, and it did not disappoint!

Makes two servings

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 bananas, split
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tablespoons strawberry fruit spread
  • 2-3 teaspoons cocoa powder

For the toppings:

  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of honey
  • 2 Tablespoons strawberry fruit spread
  • 2 Tablespoons almond slices
  • 2 cherries

Combine water, milk, and oats in a saucepan over high heat until it starts to bubble. Reduce heat to medium and simmer (stirring occasionally) until the oatmeal is thick (3-5 minutes). While oatmeal is cooking, prepare a bowl with your fruit spread and set bananas out in serving dishes. When oatmeal reaches desired consistency stir in the vanilla extract. Scoop out 2/3 cups of vanilla oatmeal into your bowl with fruit spread and stir to combine, divide this strawberry oatmeal among the two banana splits. Next, scoop out 2/3 cups of vanilla oatmeal and divide among the banana splits. Add the cocoa powder to the remaining oatmeal and stir to combine (if you are using unsweetened cocoa powder you will probably want to add additional sweetener to the oatmeal at this point). Divide the chocolate oatmeal among the two banana splits. Now you can add your toppings and dig in!