Banana Bread Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Contributed By Marissa Bognanno, Professional Chef and Zumba Instructor, and Author of The Boot Blog

Breakfast is my favorite. Most days I don't work until 9ish, "ish" being a cushion of about twenty minutes because in Italy no one is on time ever, ever. It's great. I drink my coffee slowly, read blogs and emails, respond to comments, plan the day, do some stretches, eat oatmeal. Look, even Manu knows how much I love it.
Can we discuss how much his English is improving? I just hope he doesn't ever stop saying things like, "do y have a breakfast". Because that would just be sad.
Banana Bread Steel Cut Oats
(serves one)
1 1/2 cups water or milk*
1/4 cup steel cut oats
pinch of salt
1 banana
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla 
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Bring the water or milk just to a boil. Turn the heat to medium and add the oats and salt. Cook uncovered for 25-35 minutes stirring every now and then until the oats have absorbed most of the liquid. In the meantime, mash the banana with a fork in a bowl. Add the brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and walnuts. Pour in the oats and stir well. *If you like your oats to be looser, you can add more milk at the end.

Bananas and walnuts were meant to be together. Like me and breakfast, really. 
What's your favorite meal of the day? 

P.S. More breakfast ideas! 

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