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Brûléed Banana Steel Cut Oats

Want to fancy up your steel cut oats for a fun brunch? This recipe takes just a few extra minutes, but is so worth it! 

When I still lived in Salt Lake City, one of my favorite weekend activities was going to Eggs in the City, a great breakfast spot in the middle of one of my favorite neighborhoods, Sugarhouse.

The first time I ever had steel cut oats was at Eggs in the City, which is probably part of the reason why I like them so much. That place just warms my heart. I have lots of good memories there: post-race brunches, relaxing weekend mornings, fun lunches with family. Sometimes I miss Utah so much. I would always ordered the steel cut oats that had a caramelized layer of sugar on top. Brûléed oatmeal? Yes, please and thank you.

If you’re new to steel cut oats, in general, head over to this post all about steel cut oats where I tell you exactly what they are and how to make them.)

Brûléed Banana Steel Cut Oats

Brûléed Banana Steel Cut Oats

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After I moved to NC from Utah, I made it my mission to recreate the bruleed steel cut oats I loved so much. And I’m still making them 12 years later!

Ingredients

1/4 cup of dry steel cut oats, rinsed
3/4 cup of water (or almond milk if you prefer)
1/2 of one ripe banana, thinly sliced
2 T chopped walnuts (or more/less to your taste)
1 T brown sugar (or more if feeling particularly indulgent and/or you want a thicker sugar “crust”)

Brûléed Banana Steel Cut Oats

How to Make Brûléed Banana Steel Cut Oats

Prepare the steel cut oats

I like rinsing my steel cut oats as I do with most of my dry ingredients like beans, rice, split peas, lentils, etc. but it’s not necessary. (Unless the brand you purchased instructs to!) After I rinse my steel-cut oats, I put them onto a skillet and toast them over low heat until they smell nutty. Toasting steel cut oats really enhances that nutty flavor, which I love.

You then cook the oats like usual (1/4 cup oats with 3/4 cup water). You can find the exact instructions here, but, ultimately, you want them cooking for about 20-30 minutes on low to medium heat. I prefer mine slightly chewy but just test them as they cook until they’re done to your liking! If you prefer your oats with almond milk instead of water, go for it!

Prepare the walnuts

While your oats are cooking (remember, you’ve got 20-30 minutes), start toasting some of your chopped walnuts. You don’t need long. Put the walnuts on a sheet pan, into an oven preheated to 375 and let toast for about 5-7 minutes until fragrant and the texture has changed slightly. You can also toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant. Keep a close eye on them since they can burn easily!

I love the combo of walnuts in recipes with bananas, but any nuts will work! Pecans would be another nice option.

Prepare the bananas

Start slicing your ripe banana very thinly. Oh, and try not to dry heave at the smell. I hate the smell of ripe bananas but you gotta go ripe with this recipe. I use bananas in this recipe because they have a sweet, custard flavor which goes really well with the burned sugar. Trust me on this one. But, you could also try strawberries!

Putting it all together

When the steel cut oats are done cooking (they should be semi-soft to soft and will have absorbed all the water in the pot), put them in a heat-proof bowl.

Start layering your sliced bananas on top of the oats.

This is where things get fun. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top. I never add sugar to my oats so this was a pretty sweet breakfast for me (pun intended).

Next, pull out your kitchen torch. (Or if you are a sad soul without one, you can use your oven broiler.)

Slowly and evenly move the flame over the bowl and watch it melt the sugar, creating little bubbling pools of sweetness. Or, place it under the oven broiler set to high until the sugar melts and darkens just a little.

Next, you need to let it sit until the sugar hardens, a la crème brûlée.

Sprinkle your walnuts on top and devour.

Brûléed Banana Steel Cut OatsBrûléed Banana Steel Cut Oats

Instructions
Step 1

Toast the steel cut oats over medium heat until you smell a nutty aroma.

Step 2

Combine the toasted steel cut oats with the water in a small saucepan.

Step 3

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer about 20 minutes (or until water is absorbed).

Step 4

While the oats cook, place the walnuts in a skillet over low heat. Toast until you once again smell a nutty aroma.

Step 5

When the oats are finished cooking, place in a heat-proof bowl (i.e. glass or ceramic, not plastic). Layer the sliced bananas on top.

Step 6

Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar on top and using a kitchen torch, melt the sugar, holding the torch about 6 inches away from the surface. Look for the sugar to melt, then slightly bubble. (If you don’t have a kitchen torch, place a rack in the top of your oven and use your broiler to melt the sugar. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.)

Step 7

Let the bowl sit for about a minute until the sugar cools and hardens, then sprinkle the walnuts on top.

Step 8

Enjoy! Handle carefully since the bowl might be hot!

Banana Steel Cut Oats recipe

I hope you enjoy these Brûlée Banana Steel Cut Oats as much as I do! They certainly aren’t an everyday indulgence given the extra time they take, but they are perfect for impressing the family or a group of friends for weekend brunch. If you want a more tame version of steel cut oats, try out this basic recipe.

Let me know what you think of the recipe in the comments below!

 

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Brûléed Banana Steel Cut Oats

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  • Author: Teri from A Foodie Stays Fit

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 dry steel cut oats, rinsed
  • 3/4 c water
  • 1/2 ripe banana, thinly sliced
  • 2 T chopped walnuts (or more/less to your taste)
  • 1 T brown sugar (or more if feeling particularly indulgent and/or you want a thicker sugar “crust”)

Instructions

  1. Toast the steel cut oats over medium heat until you smell a nutty aroma.
  2. Combine the toasted steel cut oats with the water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer about 20 minutes (or until water is absorbed).
  3. While the oats cook, place the walnuts in a skillet over low heat. Toast until you once again smell a nutty aroma.
  4. When the oats are finished cooking, place in a heat-proof bowl (i.e. glass or ceramic, not plastic). Layer the sliced bananas on top.
  5. Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar on top and using a kitchen torch, melt the sugar, holding the torch about 6 inches away from the surface. Look for the sugar to melt, then slightly bubble. [If you don’t have a kitchen torch, place a rack in the top of your oven and use your broiler to melt the sugar.]
  6. Let the bowl sit for about a minute until the sugar cools and hardens, then sprinkle the walnuts on top.
  7. Enjoy! [Handle carefully since the bowl might be hot!]

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This post was first published almost exactly 10 years ago on my blog on June 15, 2010 and was one of the first recipes I ever shared after launching this blog. I finally updated the photos for the recipe! Here are two of the original photos for nostalgia’s sake. 🙂

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessica @ How Sweet
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    Um, that looks incredible! Are you supposed to always toast steel cut oats?! I never have!
    .-= Jessica @ How Sweet´s last blog ..Coconut Cream Blondies. =-.

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      Teri
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      I usually don’t toast them just because it’s an extra step, but I like to if I have time and especially with this recipe since it enhances the flavor.

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    Lisa
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    Oh my gosh those bananas look amazing! Is that breakfast or dessert?!?!

    As for spiders, oh HELL no. I scream for the nearest person. 🙂
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..French Food Oh My =-.

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      Teri
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      Breakfast or dessert….can it be both? 🙂

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    maria
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    This sounds like the most magnificent bowl of oats ever! I need to try this!!!
    .-= maria´s last blog ..Double down =-.

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    Christie
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    This made me laugh! I am a big tomboy and Ryan even gets offended that I do too much by myself rather than letting him do things for me… except for when it comes to bugs!!! That is one thing I FREAK OUT about!!!

    ~Christie http://rollerkoesterrun.wordpress.com/
    .-= Christie´s last blog ..Another book review =-.

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    sassy molassy
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    Holy mother, this looks awesome. I just emailed my friend Teresa who lives in SLC to ask her if she’s ever been to Eggs in the City. I had the beeeest banana brulee creation in Chicago. Think warm brie, walnuts, syrup and bananas sandwiched in between two pieces of french toast and a little whipped cream. It was absolutely heaven on earth. Perfect hangover meal after my boyfriend’s brother’s wedding.

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    i HATE killing spiders…gross!!! but if i have to do it (i.e. nate’s gone) then i will. shudder! also, bruleed oats? are you serious? AMAZING!
    .-= Heather (Heather’s Dish)´s last blog ..VegTastic =-.

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    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
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    This recipe sounds super scrumptious! I def want to try it, but since I’m so impatient and have a butt load of rolled oats, I may use those instead : )
    .-= Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]´s last blog ..Edamame –> Idamommy =-.

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    Lauren
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    Love steel cut oats but I love even more what you have done to them! OMG looks amazing! 🙂 I need to get myself a torch. 🙂
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Second Chances =-.

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    Anna
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    Yum, that looks so good!
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Easy, Cute, Shrug/Bolero =-.

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    Angela @ A Healthy Fit
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    Oh my! That looks amazing! Look at you with your fancy kitchen tools—I would have to use my broiler.

    I hate the smell of ripe bananas too. It grosses me out. I hate touching too ripe bananas as well.
    .-= Angela @ A Healthy Fit´s last blog ..I wanna be a warrior! =-.

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    Teri
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    @ sassy molassy – your brulee creation in Chicago sounds AMAZING!! wow. You should recreate it and then tell me how. 🙂

     

    I hope your friend is an Eggs in the City regular; it’s such a cool joint!

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    Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries
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    1) These oats look absolutely incredible. What a great idea!

    2) I quite on AI this year. Sad, I know, but I had too much TV to catch up with and I didn’t need another show.

    3) My favorite breakfast place is a little spot called Dave’s Diner. It’s set up like an old 50’s diner and has things like banana, peanut butter and chocolate chip pancakes. It’s definitely a splurge place 😀

    4) Finally, I’m absolutely horrified of all things “bug”. Spiders are the worst offender. I commend you for killing the blasted thing on your own!

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    [email protected]
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    wow those look amazing!! I’ll have to give that a go very soon!
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..Obsessed =-.

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    Karen W
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    Oh my – that is brilliant! Must try 🙂
    .-= Karen W´s last blog ..It is handy to have someone at home… =-.

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    Theresa
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    I HAVE to try and make that. I love steel cut oats. My only complaint is that they take longer to make.

    Spiders are my biggest fear…sad but true. It takes A LOT of courage to kill one when no one is around to do it for me.

    I don’t usually watch AI but a friend was over last night and we had it on, he was pretty good 🙂

    My favorite breakfast spot is a place called South Pine cafe. They have a lot of great healthy options, serve homemade bread and jam. Love their tofu scrambles and lobster benedict! Yum…

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    Stephanie from Juicy Fresh Bites
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    Healthy breakfast option with dessert components mixed right now — I love it! Really tempted to buy a torch just for making brulee now!!
    .-= Stephanie from Juicy Fresh Bites´s last blog ..Visual Food Log: Day 7 =-.

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    Ashley
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    I’m such a poor soul, lol. That is 1 piece of equipment I want..but can’t justify buying…Those oats look amazing!! You like to eat ripe banana but don’t like the smell?
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..vegan goodness =-.

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      Teri
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      I rarely eat plain bananas, ripe or not. But definitely never plain, ripe bananas. I hate the texture!

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    janetha
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    LOVE eggs in the city!! so good! ive never had steel cut oats, maybe i should have them there!

    favorite places to eat breakfast are ruth’s diner up emigration and cottonwood cafe. blue plate is good but it has gone downhill a bit!

    I HATE SPIDERS!
    .-= janetha´s last blog ..tid bits. =-.

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      Teri
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      One problem with their steel cut oats is that they always come out cold! Hopefully they’ve remedied that. 🙂

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    christina
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    omg those oats look INCREDIBLE!! looooove them. bananas, walnuts, and brown sugar the BEST combo!! mmmmm
    .-= christina´s last blog ..Saturday Missions, Ted’s Butcherblock, and bad girls at Baked! =-.

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    Teri
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    I love Ruth’s Diner! Rob and I were just talking about the delicious biscuits from there. 🙂 I’ve never been to Cottonwood Cafe – I’ll have to check it out sometime!

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    Tara @ Food for Fuel
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    Yum! Those oats look amazing…definitely going out to buy some bananas and a blow torch? Haha maybe not, I guess I could use the broiler method.
    As for breakfast places, I’m from Austin, TX which I’m convinced is the best place to get breakfast tacos and I could always go for a breakfast taco, but my absolute favorite thing to eat (especially after a really, really long run) is the breakfast quesadilla from Austin Java Co. Basically, a quesadilla filled with eggs, potatoes, pico, cheese, and I add sliced organic turkey sausage links to the mix, served with a side of hot sauce and black beans.
    Or there’s famous gingerbread pancakes from Kerbey Lane…now I’m hungry for breakfast! 🙂
    .-= Tara @ Food for Fuel´s last blog ..Boot Camp =-.

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    Mariah @ HealthyGLAM
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    OMG I am drooling!!! That looks beyond amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe, I’ll need to make this one ASAP 🙂
    .-= Mariah @ HealthyGLAM´s last blog ..Fashion Frenzy! =-.

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    Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
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    Wow, yum that looks amazing. I’d be one of those sad souls without a torch.

    I pretty much always make my husband kill spiders but he made me kill one yesterday, it was creepy and I felt like it was crawling all over me afterwards.
    .-= Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather´s last blog ..Three meals, one magazine =-.

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    Ashley
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    Your oats look ahh-mazing! Not sure about starting the day with brown sugar, but oh my God, do they look good. Will have to try one of these days. 😉
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Why KFC’s Double Down is not a big deal =-.

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    AshlyH
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    the oats look yummy!! I could go for some of those tomorrow. And, i usually make Jesse kill the spiders but, I gotta tell ya, he’s not too good at it. He only kills them part of the time because he won’t smash and hold. He tries to hit them really quickly but then he pulls away and half the time they run off unhurt but on guard. Then it’s impossible to find them again. It’s a sore spot in our marriage, trust me. ;>

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    Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit
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    This. Looks. So. Good.

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    Rachel @ Shedding It
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    Mmmm that sounds awesome. I want a kitchen torch but given the way I burned up the grill/my arm on Wednesday, I’m nervous!
    .-= Rachel @ Shedding It´s last blog ..Friday Foodgasm: Toss My Salad =-.

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      Teri
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      yeah, you should probably stay away from torches right now. 🙂

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter
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    Those are some intense oats! I love it <3
    .-= Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter´s last blog ..Catch Up Time =-.

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    Lauren (Lauren Loves Good Food)
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    I might not make it till the morning to try this!

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