Some people are all about the awesome deals at outlet stores.  Some are really into picking up a treasure at a thrift store or garage sale.  But me?  I love scoring a deal at the grocery store!

I especially love the clearance produce section!  Its a great place to pick up perfectly good produce for a fraction of the price (since you rarely see coupons for healthy whole foods or fresh fruits and vegetables).  Some of the staples I can usually find at our store are onions, citrus fruits, and mini peppers.  We have potatoes and apples a lot as well, but I prefer to buy organic versions of those.

One of my favorite things to find???  Bananas!!!!   These are one of the few fruits that I am perfectly OK with eating non-organic since you don’t eat the outer part of the fruit.  And even if they’re a little past their prime, they are perfect for cooking or slicing and freezing for smoothies and other frozen treats.

So this week when I found bags of clearance bananas, I cleared the shelves and brought home 7 pounds of bananas for a little over $2.00!

reduced bananas

And I knew exactly what I was going to do with these guys!!  I’ve been eyeing the Bananas Foster Baked Oatmeal at Oh She Glows.   My kids love oatmeal and I thought this would be a little bit more special than their typical weekday morning oatmeal topped with raisins or thawed frozen fruit.

baked bananas foster oatmeal

This was SO good – like a perfectly warm and cozy treat, very filling and not overly sweet.  I love all of the healthy swaps from traditional bananas foster including coconut oil for butter and a maple syrup for the brown sugar.   This will definitely be something that I make often!

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!!

 

Bananas Foster Baked Oatmeal

Adapted from Oh She Glows

 

Oatmeal Ingredients

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup oat flour (finely ground oats, I’ve started grinding mine in a coffee grinder instead of the blender)

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

2 1/2 cups unsweetened, plain almond milk

 

Bananas Foster Ingredients

4 bananas, sliced (or chopped into small pieces if you prefer)

1 T. coconut oil

2 T. real Maple syrup

3 T. rum

Sprinkle of cinnamon

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

 

Topping

1 banana, thinly sliced

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a casserole dish (I used coconut oil).

Combine all oatmeal ingredients in a large bowl and set aside while you prepare the bananas foster.

Add coconut oil, maple syrup, and rum to a cold skillet and heat over medium low heat.  As the coconut oil begins to melt, whisk to combine ingredients.  When mixture is bubbling, add in bananas and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Saute for about 5 minutes, reducing heat if necessary.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Stir bananas foster mixture into oatmeal and pour into casserole dish.  Place sliced bananas on top and bake for 40-45 minutes.

 

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3 Responses to Weekend Breakfast: Bananas Foster Baked Oatmeal

  • Mandy says:

    I’d love to hear more about the benefits of coconut oil. I’ve seen in as an ingredient to harden chocolate coating for the Williams-Sonoma freezer pop thingy my mom got me awhile back, but avoided buying it at Trader Joe’s because I thought I would never really use it and Tom hates extra condiments that I use for 1 recipe here and there. You seem to use it an awful lot. Wondering if I should pick some up next time!

    • Tori says:

      Absolutely! I will start working on a post. You should definitely pick some up in the meantime though (I’ve heard/read really good things about the TJ’s organic virgin coconut oil!). It is great for baking so I know you can easily use it! Its great for your little ones too, especially as Edie stops nursing, since its one of the only other sources of medium chain fatty acids. I’m also working on a page for the blog to connect ingredients together if you want to try one something new or have leftover ingredients from a recipe.