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Monday, December 23, 2013

{Banana Oatmeal with Lemon Blackberry Compote}

I seem to have an "on again, off again" relationship with oatmeal.  And my oatmeal relationship is "on again" in full force!

However, this time around my oatmeal isn't overloaded with peanut butter and bananas.  No,  I am taking a much simpler approach to how I top my morning oatmeal now.  A simple drizzle of honey with cinnamon and bananas, fresh berries with cinnamon and brown sugar or my new favorite a delicious fruit compote like the one I am about to share with you.   

Banana Oatmeal with Lemon Blackberry Compote for One
** This recipe could easily be doubled! 

1/2 Cup Rolled Oates ** Not quick cooking oats.  I liked Trader Joe's Brand
1/2 Cup Milk of Choice (I used unsweetened Almond Milk) 
1/2 Banana Sliced Thin
1/3 Cup Blackberries 
1/2-1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar - Depending on how sweet you want your compote
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
4 Tbs Water 

1- Cook oats in milk on the stove top per package instructions.  Add in your thinly sliced banana towards the end when there is just a little milk left. 
2- While oats are cooking (they take about 20 minutes) add your blackberries, lemon juice, water and brown sugar to a small saucepan.  As the blackberries begin to cook lightly mash them to release more of their juice.  Bring your blackberry mixture to boil stirring constantly.  Once your blackberry mixture is boiling reduce to a simmer and continue cooking/stirring until you have reduced the liquid by half. 
3- Place oats in a bowl and top with your fresh blackberry compote. 
4- Serve with additional milk and sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.  

Check out these other delicious oatmeal recipes! 

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!  

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