As you may or may not know, my culinary skills are severely lacking. Yet there I am loudly participating in What I Ate Wednesdays every so often with no shame in my lackluster game whatsoever. I blame it on Jenn being so nice.
I’ve been in a banana love mode since last WIAW where I gave bananas a shout-out in the post title and everything. I’m happy to report I no longer need to send co-workers e-mails from the grocery store aisle asking them how to buy bananas. Moving on up in the world. Anyway. I have been doing my dutiful, diligent research via Pinterest, WIAW blogs and blogs on other days of the week to find out HOW CAN I INCORPORATE BANANAS INTO *EVERYTHING*. It really grinds my gears when I find a good-lookin’ recipe on Pinterest and double clicking the picture leads nowhere. I need detailed directions, ingredients, the recipe maker to hold my hand, etc. Thankfully I rarely have that problem with blogs but if you all wanted to come over and hold my hand through it, that would be just swell. Now I’m being creepy and we’re like five run-on sentences in. High hopes for this post.
So I became obsessed with the idea of baked strawberry banana oatmeal. I love strawberries. I love bananas. I love oatmeal. Sure I could microwave oatmeal and throw the fruit on top, but it looks so good baked and I want to flex those non-existent culinary muscles. I spent a good 1.5 days (not an exaggeration) searching the Internet, blogosphere and Pinterest for the right recipe.
the right recipe definition: doesn’t require much prep, doesn’t require much time, doesn’t require many ingredients I have to go searching for or thinking too hard about, directions are not confusing, doesn’t require stove use, has positive feedback from recipe users, none of feedback from recipe users mentions occurrence of fire.
I found a few and bookmarked them all. Hours (no lie) were spent inspecting the directions and Googling accordingly when directions said stupid things like “lightly beat the eggs” (how lightly? what the heck is ‘lightly beaten’ supposed to look like?! is there a special method to obtain this nonsense?) or listed “baking powder” thus I had to ask Google if I could just switch in baking soda in its place because I had no idea what baking powder was? Verdict was a big, fat n-o.
After all that extensive research, Skinnytaste emerged victorious. They got bonus points for having the least amount of calories- 211. I was not about to be deterred by Skinnytaste’s recipe being for blueberry banana baked oatmeal. So not an important detail. Some commenters commented that they used strawberries instead, and my plan was (is always) to live the words of esteemed philosopher Tim Gunn and “make it work.”
I only needed to buy oats and a baking dish! The rest I already had (I bought honey 5 months ago for a long-forgotten reason and it’s been collecting dust in my pantry because I know no Pooh Bears) or was going to helpfully borrow from my 3 roommates. I went to my favorite place, Trader Joes, but in a trademarked Caitlyn move, forgot what kind of oats I needed. I bought rolled and steel-cut and figured it had to be one of those two.
I finally made it Wednesday night immediately after I got home from work. Imagine my stunned reaction when I opened the recipe up and read I needed quick oats. Seriously? I turned to our pantry and found old-fashioned oats. How many kinds of oats are there?!?! A commenter said they used old-fashioned oats and it was fine. So after spending my hard-earned money on two ginormous bags of oats, I had to dip into my roommates’ free stash. And I’ve thrown out the receipt. When will I learn about throwing out receipts? Never. I guess I have to step my baking game up and find some recipe to put them to use. Or find another recipe to use them and just eat tons and tons of oatmeal for the rest of my days.
I think I messed up the measurements somewhere along the line for the honey and the cinnamon. Then I realized I had no idea what to do with the strawberries, but hey, I forgot I bought blueberries and when did I buy those? So I just half’ed it with blueberries and strawberries. Um, this is the worst post in the history of posts. I wish I could say I’m sorry but I’m just too proud of myself.
Anyway. The recipe was pretty easy even by my dunce standards. I managed to crack an egg and only half of the white shell thing fell in the bowl. Success. The recipe said to whisk but I don’t think we own one so I just used a spatula, same thing amirite? The dish turned out fine. No fires. Here’s really bad pictures to commemorate.
voila……….this is instagramm’ed.
It’s SO GOOD. I had some with chobani vanilla and I’m stuffed and in love. So proud.
what is your favorite breakfast?
are you an oatmeal fan?