I have been overthinking eggnog recipes way too much. I think I’ve been so intent on replicating the eggnog experience that I never considered just using eggnog as a flavor enhancer in place of regular almond or soy milk. Once I thought it like that, BAM–I thought of a whole new variety of “5 ingredients or less” recipes.
Why not combine eggnog and banana oatmeal? Is there anything that doesn’t combine well with banana oatmeal? So far, I say no. I dare you to challenge me. 😀
This oatmeal is great on its own, but can be topped in a variety of ways. Pomegranate, anyone?
(Oatmeal Rule #294: Always say YES to pomegranate.)
Now, I know I’ve talked a lot of trash about eggnog. Truthfully, I don’t like it. However, something incredible happened when I added banana. For the first time, I genuinely liked an oatmeal recipe with eggnog. I think adding the banana calms that psychotic !!NUTMEG!! flavor that I balk at. The eggnog flavor is still present, but much less intrusive. In that case . . .
(Oatmeal Rule #295: Always say YES to banana.)
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What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup eggnog of choice (I used SoDelicious coconut eggnog)
- 1/4 cup water, or more eggnog
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats (I used Country Choice Organic)
- 1 ripe or overripe banana
- pinch of salt
- pinch of nutmeg, for topping (optional)
How to make it:
- Bring eggnog and water to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now. I recommend flax.)
- Mash up banana and add to the oatmeal. Stir. Let cook for a few minutes, continuing to stir occasionally.
- Add pinch of salt and any extra ingredients that you wish (dried fruit, nuts, etc.).
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of eggnog, a pinch of nutmeg (or cinnamon) on top, and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).
Just an FYI:
Adapted from my Basic Banana Oatmeal.