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You can hear it with the birds chirping. You can see the buds already starting to break through the once-frozen ground. You can feel the warm air coming. You can smell flowers and almost-spring rain. You can taste.. lots of delightful foods. Spring makes you hungry, right? Or maybe that’s just me. With the time change next Sunday coming up, those spring birds and sunrises will be waking us up even earlier than before. That’s how it is with kids, and I don’t actually remember life before kids that well. At least not life before 7:00am. What it takes for me to wake up is the thought of a warm, delicious breakfast.
This recipe gives new meaning to the term “bananas and cream”, as the cream I speak of is none other than International Delight Simply Pure Caramel. I’ve always been a fan of fresh cream in my oatmeal, but the caramel flavor knocks it out of the ballpark. We were able to find it at Walmart over the weekend, when doing our shopping for the week.
International Delight Simply Pure is made with real milk, cream and sugar, and contains only five ingredients. We like it in all three flavors: Vanilla, Caramel and Hazelnut. While I love to use it in my coffee, I discovered that it can be used in oatmeal too – just as I use my cream in. Breakfast has been especially important this week, with one sick kid in the house.
I buy organic oats in bulk and then cook them from scratch on weekday mornings. Last week I discovered this awesome recipe that includes International Delight Simply Pure Caramel and caramelized bananas. It completes a perfect breakfast for me.
What You Need:
International Delight Simply Pure Caramel
1-2 ripe bananas
One cup of oats
2 tablespoons of butter
Cinnamon for sprinkling
What You Do:
1. Cook your oats. I use two parts water for one part oats. You can also cook your oats in milk, cream or International Delight Simply Pure Caramel.
2. Slice your banana(s). Melt the two tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat in your skillet. Add the brown sugar and then lay the banana slices on top. Cook for 20 seconds, then turn over bananas carefully. Sprinkle cinnamon. You can also add orange juice or other beverages. Cook for 45-60 seconds more, basting with the caramelized sauce. Be careful not to burn!
3. Slide the bananas and sauce onto your cooked oats. Top with International Delight Simply Pure Caramel and cinnamon.
International Delight Simply Pure is awesome for breakfast and dessert recipes, but it has also replaced anything else to be my everyday coffee creamer. I need my coffee to be a little more special than with just milk and sugar. I need some flavor and sweetness. When I top it with whipped cream, it’s even more out of this world! The whipped cream is for special days.