This is not your everyday oatmeal. This Tahini Chocolate Chip Oatmeal is topped with sweet and gooey, coconut sugar caramelized bananas making it a special, extra delicious treat. This bowl of oats screams rainy Sundays and cozy Christmas mornings. Or, go ahead and eat it everyday if you want. With wholesome ingredients like oats, almond milk, dairy-free chocolate chips, banana, tahini and pecans, it may be closer to dessert than breakfast but you’ll still be enjoying plenty of nourishment along with all that goodness.
You guys know I love overnight oats but I thought I’d switch it up and share some tips on how to make stovetop oatmeal.
What Kind of Oats to Use
First of all, I know there are a number of oats you’ll find on store shelves. Old fashioned oats, rolled oats, extra thick rolled oats, quick cooking oats and instant oats..what the what? Why’s there so many!! Haha, you don’t have to worry too much about that.
I like old fashioned oats best for stovetop oatmeal but you can also use quick cooking oats. Quick oats will come out a little creamier than old fashioned oats but I like my oatmeal to have some texture, which is why I prefer old fashioned oats. However, both work great so use whatever you have. Do not use instant oats for this recipe.
Stovetop Oatmeal Tips
- Cook oats in water rather than milk.
- Start with 2/3 cup water per 1/2 cup oats and add more if needed. I always find 1 cup to be too much resulting in runny oats. I like them thick so I use about 2/3 cup water, sometimes even less.
- Bring water to a boil, reduce to a simmer, then add oats.
- Do not boil the oats or you’ll end up with a sticky, gooey mess and they’ll probably stick to the bottom making an even bigger mess.
- Stir every so often to prevent sticking.
I didn’t add any sweetener to the oats because of the caramelized banana and chocolate chips but normally I would stir in some maple syrup, coconut sugar, dates, stevia or vanilla protein powder.
How to Make Caramelized Bananas
The only problem with caramelized bananas is once you start making them you’re going to want to put them on everything. Ice cream, smoothie bowls, coconut yogurt, you name it, you’re gonna want to put sticky, sweet, browned caramelized bananas all over it.
They’re easy to make in a pan with just a bit of oil or cooking spray and some sweetener. You can use any granulated sugar or maple syrup. I like coconut sugar best. One quick tip for caramelized bananas is not to slice the banana too thin or it will get mushy and fall apart. I like slicing 1/2-1 inch rounds or cutting it in half then slicing lengthwise you have 4 large pieces.
To make them all you need to do is heat the oil over medium heat, add some sugar then place the banana in the pan and cook until browned and puffy.
Tahini Chocolate Chip Oatmeal with Caramelized Bananas
Like I said, these are kinda special oats not really for everyday breakfast, however you could make the following healthy adjustments to enjoy these more often:
- swap the chocolate chips for cacao nibs to go sugar-free and add antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
- use regular sliced banana instead of caramelized banana
- try it with a lower sugar fruit such as strawberries or peach
- keep the tahini because it’s rich in iron, calcium and tastes amazing!
- sweeten the oats with a few drops of organic stevia if you’re not using caramelized banana and chocolate chips
I hope you enjoy this extra cozy breakfast!Print
This bowl of oatmeal is a special treat designed for rainy Sundays or cozy Christmas mornings. Get active after this filling breakfast because you’re going to have some energy to burn! These are decadent, delicious and satisfying but still made with wholesome ingredients you can feel good about enjoying.
To Make the Stovetop Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup (50 g) old fashioned oats (use gluten-free if needed)
- 2/3 cup water plus more if it’s too thick
- dash of sea salt
- drizzle of non-dairy milk such as almond, cashew or coconut
For the Caramelized Banana
- 1 tsp coconut oil or use coconut oil cooking spray
- 1 banana, sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds (or cut in half then slice lengthwise, don’t cut them too thin or they’ll turn to mush)
- generous sprinkle of coconut sugar or drizzle of maple syrup
- sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
For Topping the Oatmeal
To Make the Stovetop Oatmeal
- Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan then reduce heat to bring down to a simmer.
- Add the oats and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in a pinch of sea salt, scoop into a bowl and top with a drizzle of plant-based milk, tahini, chocolate chips and the caramelized banana.
To Make the Caramelized Banana
- Heat the oil in a non-stick pan or medium-high heat (or heat and spray pan with non-stick cooking spray.)
- Add the sugar or maple syrup. You just want enough so each banana gets lightly coated in sweetener. You can add a sprinkling of cinnamon here if you’re using.
- Add the banana rounds and cook for 3-4 minutes until they’re getting puffy and turning golden brown underneath . You can check them carefully with a fork or spatula. The time will vary depending on your stove so be careful not to burn them.
- Gently flip them over and cook for about 1 more minute to brown the other side. Remove from heat and spoon over your bowl of oatmeal.