What’s that? You’re complaining because there’s another recipe with banana?
You’re on the wrong blog, You know I love me some banana. 😉
But if you insist, you could always skip the banana, or replace it with sweet potato or pumpkin. The main star here is the grapefruit anyway!
Most broiled grapefruit recipes involve smothering the top with heaps of brown sugar. Well, you know how I feel about that. I have strong opinions about sugar and its effects on the body. Most food we consume eventually goes to our glycogen storage (ENERGY!!), but fructose (sugar) goes straight to mitochondria. According to Robert H. Lustig, M.D. in his (incredible) book Fat Chance:
When energy supplies overwhelm the mitochondria’s ability to handle them, the result is a buildup of [reactive oxygen species] and fat deposition in the liver (“mitochondrial constipation,” if you will), leading to chronic metabolic disease.
In an effort to keep my broiled grapefruit as healthy as possible, I used a negligible amount of maple syrup mixed with spices. If low-sugar is not a priority for you, feel free to top with brown sugar as it is traditionally done.
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What you'll need:
- 1 grapefruit
- pinch of cardamom (optional)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/2 banana (or more)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Preheat oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with nonstick spray.
- Meanwhile, prepare grapefruit. Cut in half, and then slip a paring knife along each side of the segment membranes. The more work you put in now, the easier it will be to remove the segments when the grapefruit is murderously hot!
- In a tiny bowl, mix the cardamom, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
- Place the grapefruit cut side up and brush the maple syrup mixture over the tops of the grapefruit.
- Place in oven. It should take around 5 minutes, until bubbly and hot. (FYI: Because we didn't add much sugar, it won't totally "caramelize.")
- Start your oatmeal by adding the liquid to a medium saucepan over medium heat. When it begins to simmer, add oats.
- Mash banana and add to the oatmeal.
- When oatmeal thickens a bit, add cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add more of each according to your preferences. (I added a touch more cinnamon.)
- Around this time, the grapefruit should be finished. Remove from oven. (Don't forget to turn off your oven!)
- With one half of the grapefruit, remove the segments (careful, it's hot!) and add directly to the oatmeal. Stir.
- Transfer the oatmeal to a serving bowl. Remove the segments from the remaining grapefruit half and place on top of the oatmeal. Add another splash of milk and any other additional toppings (sliced banana, coconut, nuts, pomegranate, etc.).
Just an FYI:
You can make this two servings by doubling the oatmeal recipe and using half a grapefruit only as topping for each.