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Elvis Oatmeal

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Elvis Oatmeal

That Elvis, he was onto something.....

You've heard of the Elvis sandwich, right?  Toasted bread with sliced bananas and peanut butter.  I have also seen references of the sandwich containing bacon, but it doesn't seem to always be included in reproductions of The King's favorite concoction between two slices of bread.

Well, I recreated it.  But instead of bread, I had a bowl of oatmeal.  And I left out the bacon but hey, it's breakfast, so go ahead and add it if you're so inclined.  I'll bet it's awesome.....

Elvis Oatmeal
serves 2

1 large, very ripe banana

1 3/4 cups water
small pinch salt (omit if using salted peanut butter)

1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal
1/4 cup milk or almond milk
2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
honey or brown sugar (optional, to taste)
chopped, crispy cooked bacon (optional, for serving)
additional peanut butter or chopped peanuts (optional, for serving)

Mash half of your banana and chop or slice the other half for serving.

In a small pot, bring water to a boil and add salt, if using.  Add oatmeal and lower heat to allow oatmeal to simmer, stirring frequently for 20-25 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed.  Add milk and stir for another 5 minutes to allow it to absorb.  Remove oatmeal from heat and stir in peanut butter and mashed banana.

Scoop oatmeal into two serving bowls, top each with one half of the reserved chopped banana, additional sweetener (honey or brown sugar), chopped peanuts and/or chopped bacon if using.  Enjoy.

High-Protein Variation:  Prepare oatmeal as described above, adding an extra 1/3 cup water during cooking.  Once oatmeal is cooked and you remove it from the heat, add one scoop vanilla protein powder to oatmeal along with the peanut butter and mashed banana, stir and divide into two bowls.  Top oatmeal as desired using toppings, above.  You shouldn't need to add any extra sweetener, unless your protein powder is unsweetened.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Variation:  To substitute old-fashioned oatmeal instead of steel-cut oatmeal, use a ratio of 2:1 water: oats.  Bring water to boil and add oatmeal, add a bit of milk or almond milk towards the end of cooking time (the last 30 seconds - 1 minute).  Add peanut butter, banana and optional toppings as desired.

Elvis has left the building.....

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At October 23, 2011 at 11:35 AM , Anonymous -Colleen & Ben said...

Oh my goodness, doesn't this look like amazing-ness in a bowl!! I am going to have to make this for breakfast, I bet it would be a good pre- workout treat!And by the way... bacon makes everything better ;)

At October 23, 2011 at 5:31 PM , Anonymous Jules said...

I made bacon today for breakfast and have a couple of pieces left over....might have to try it on the Elvis Oatmeal tomorrow for breakfast ;-)


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