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Bananas Foster Baked Oatmeal

I’m typically a pretty punctual person.

I blame my mom. Is this because she was always punctual and I inherited this gene from her?

Not a chance.

My mom is notoriously late. And it’s not on purpose. She has great intentions. She just doesn’t have a very good idea of how long 10 minutes actually is. So when she says she’ll be leaving in 10 minutes, she truly believes in her heart of hearts that this is enough time to sweep the floor, pay a few bills and fix her hair.

So, intentionally or not, I’m somewhat obsessively punctual.

Until today.

I’m pretty mad. Here’s what happened:

I’ve had this baked oatmeal idea rolling around in my head for a few days. I was purposely letting a few bananas get nice and brown because I was going to use those as a natural sweetener. And I was going to use steel cut oats. Beyond that, I was going to wing it.

On Sunday, I got to work. I put a tablespoon of ground flax in a cup of almond milk, mashed my bananas and mixed in my steel cut oats.

At that point, I headed for the vanilla.

Empty.

Oops.

What could substitute for vanilla? Lemon? Gross. Mint? Ewww…

Rum extract? Hmmm… Isn’t there a dessert with bananas and rum?

Bananas Foster! Bananas Foster Baked Oatmeal! I was giddy with excitement!

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A little help from Wikipedia taught me that Bananas Foster also has brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and vanilla ice cream. To my mixture I added some brown sugar and cinnamon and threw it all in the oven.

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It made the house smell amazing and the top got delightfully crunchy.

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Topped with Greek yogurt and more bananas made it even more authentic (and more delicious!).

And I was proud. Proud that the recipe was a success. Proud that I was so creative. Proud that I was unique.

Unique? Not so much.

Last night, I was browsing a few favorite blogs and you’re never going to believe what I came across:

Angela’s recipe for Vegan Bananas Foster Baked Oatmeal!

I couldn’t believe it! Angela is a blogging expert with beautiful pictures and thousands of followers and delicious recipes and she beat me to the punch! I was late! I hate being late!

And then I changed my mindset. Angela is a blogging expert, certainly. But we were obviously thinking the same thing about oatmeal, so if nothing else, it means that I was in good company. Great minds think alike!

So make my recipe and then check out hers. I think you’ll enjoy the results.

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I know I did…

Call me what you want, but don’t call me late to dinner…

Bananas Foster Baked Oatmeal serves 4

Ingredients
2 super ripe bananas
1 cup steel cut oats
2 cups almond milk
1 TBS flax seed, ground
1 tsp rum extract
1 tsp cinnamon
2 TBS brown sugar

Instructions
Combine flax seed with almond milk. set aside. Mash banana to desired consistency. In a large bowl mix oats, bananas, flax/milk and all remaining ingredients.

Pour into a greased casserole (8×8). Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

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