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Banana-walnut steel cut oatmeal

Total Time
41 min
8 min
33 min
Here's one of our favorite breakfast treats to enjoy to get our day started off right. You'll be more than satisfied until lunchtime. Most of the cook time is hands-off, so you can have it simmering while you get ready in the morning. Steel cut oats, also known as Irish oats, do take a while to cook, but their slightly chewy texture is well-worth the extra time and effort. All that's left to do is stir in the bananas, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and low-fat milk. For less intense banana flavor, you can chop the bananas instead of mashing them.



4 cup(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp, or to taste

Uncooked steel cut oats

1 cup(s)


2 medium, ripe, mashed

Packed brown sugar

1 Tbsp

Unsalted butter

2 tsp

Vanilla extract

½ tsp

1% low fat milk

¼ cup(s)

Chopped walnuts

8 tsp


  1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan; stir in oats and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until oats are tender, about 25 to 30 minutes; remove from heat. Gently stir in bananas, sugar, butter, and vanilla; stir in milk. Serve oatmeal topped with walnuts.
  2. Serving size: about 1 cup oatmeal and 2 tsp walnuts