These steel-cut cooked oats cooked in “banana milk” are good, and also easy. I have never like oatmeal because I find it too mushy. Yet steel-cut oats don’t get as mushy as old-fashioned oats, so when a woman told me that she liked steel-cut oats cooked in mango “milk” – the blended liquid from a mango – I started experimenting. Make a triple batch of “banana milk” – I guarantee that it is so delicious, you will want Banana Steel-Cut Oats for your next week of breakfasts. Make sure the banana is ripe! It is so sweet then. This breakfast tastes like banana bread. Try topping the oats with other types of berries, raisins, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. These oats are also surprisingly sweet just alone.


  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds or chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries or other berries


  1. In a food processor, combine the banana, vanilla and 1 cup water. Process until smooth to create banana “milk”.
  2. Scrape the banana milk into a small saucepan, add the oats, and bring to boil over high heat. Cover and reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally so the oats don’t stick to the bottom, for 8 minutes. (If you like your oats less chewy, cook for a few minutes longer.) Remove from the heat.
  3. The oats may look runny, but allow them to sit a few minutes to absorb some of the liquid. Serve the hot cereal in individual bowls, topped with the flaxseeds and blueberries.

– from the book, “The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook,” by Ann Crile Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn.

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