This is one of my favourite ways (short of banana bread) to use up an over-ripe banana. Added to velvety oats spiked with cinnamon and topped with nuts its the perfect way to start any winter morning.
3/4 cup large flake oats
1 cup water
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 ripe (or over ripe) banana
1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
Optional topping: chopped walnuts/fresh or frozen fruit/flaxseed
Pour the oats, water, milk, cinnamon and salt into a medium pot and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally for 6-8min or until the oats have absorbed much of the liquid.
Add the banana and maple syrup to a bowl and mash with a fork.
Stir the banana mixture into the oats and cook for another 2-3min.
Divide the oats into two bowls and scatter over your toppings of choice.
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