Oats are one of my favorite things to have for breakfast or dessert. As a kid, my mom made only one variety of oats for my siblings and I: rolled oats with butter and brown sugar. Despite its lack of diversity, this was delicious, and was one of our favorite breakfasts. At that time, I had no idea that one of the best things about oats is their versatility. You can remake candies (such as almond joys and caramel apples), cakes (like strawberry shortcake), and all manner of desserts into something healthy without sacrificing flavor, or having to spend all day slaving over a hot stove.
When I saw that this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient was chocolate, I knew I wanted to post my recipe for Black Forest Oats (inspired by the cake!). I’m sending this recipe to Anna of London Foodie in New York for this week’s BSI!
Black Forest Oats
(Yield: 1 serving)
½ small banana, thinly sliced
¼ c steel cut oats
¾ c water
1 c fresh ripe cherries, pitted and halved
1 TB chopped pecans
1 teaspoon dark chocolate chips
In a small pan, combine the banana, oats, water, and salt; heat on medium-low heat for about 12 minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency, stirring frequently. For the cherries, lightly spray a separate pan with cooking spray and cook them on medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until they start to soften. Top the oatmeal with the cherries, pecans, and chocolate chips.