Caramelized Bananas, Walnuts and Steel Cut Oats
My friend Clemente made this for us while we were in New York last month and I have been craving it ever since. Dead simple, and great throughout the week. Important that you cut the bananas on the bias, to keep it posh.
1 cup steel cut oats
Pinch of salt
3 cups water
1-2 teaspoons Brown sugar
Heat a heavy pot on med-high, and add oats and salt and stir until you hear the oats pop. You will smell the lovely aroma of the toasted oats. Add 2-3 cups of water depending on your preference. I like to boil the water in a kettle while toasting the oats, but you could use cold too. Notice that if you add boiling water, it will immediately start to boil over, so add a bit at a time while you stir it in, careful not to let it boil over and make mess. Stir until water is at a rolling boil, cut heat to low, give it a stir and cover.
Set timer for 45-60 mins.
Meanwhile, cut bananas on the bias to give it lots surface area and measure out walnuts and brown sugar. When Oats are done cooking, give it a good stir and add additional water as needed. In individual, oven proof, bowls, scoop out your servings of oats and spread bananas, walnuts and brown sugar across the top of each serving.
Turn your broiler on and place bowls under the broiler. Check your progress every minute or so, watching for the brown sugar to darken and caramelize the bananas - your going for a light blister here. It takes longer than you’d think, but probably a good 5-7 minutes.
Remove from oven carefully and set aside to cool for 5 minutes or so. I like to add fresh berries at this point…
Alternatively, you could make a large batch in a roasting dish, rather than individual bowls…minimizing the likelihood that you burn yourself.