When we were in Salt Lake City last weekend, we stopped at a Jamba Juice for smoothies. The smoothies were fruity and delicious, but who would have guessed that their oatmeal would have been what made us repeat customers? They serve tasty, steel-cut oats made with soymilk and topped with your choice of fresh bananas, or a blackberry/blueberry blend. Then they sprinkle on a brown sugar topping. I’m telling you, it’s good. I bought the banana variety twice while I was in SLC, and my stomach immediately began yearning for it again when we merged onto the freeway to drive home.
So, since I don’t have a Jamba Juice nearby (and honestly, eating oatmeal is supposed to save me money), I had to duplicate it at home. I used Coach’s Oats and I just made them with water since I didn’t have soymilk, then topped with fresh banana slices and brown sugar. If you want to make this healthier, it’s delicious with the bananas alone or you can drizzle with maple syrup or agave.
Oats are a food storage staple that will store 30+ years and you can use them in breads, cookies and even meatloaf. I store a lot of them, so I like to find new ways to dress them up. Try this out and let me know what you think of this simple recipe.