If you have somewhere to be in a hurry early in the morning, having a healthy breakfast before you fly out the door is most likely not your greatest priority. However, the old saying goes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this recipe for Manuka honey pecan oatmeal with cherries and bananas is sure to make you a believer. If you’re ready for a new spin on a classic breakfast, then let’s get started on that oatmeal…
Ingredients for Manuka Honey Pecan Oatmeal with Cherries and Bananas
- 1 cup of rolled, old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup of milk
- 2 cups of water
- 1 banana, in slices
- ¼ cup of tart cherries, dried
- ¼ cup of pecan halves
- 2 or 4 tablespoons of Manuka honey, for taste
Directions for Manuka Honey Pecan Oatmeal with Cherries and Bananas
- Preparation time: 5 minutes: Cook time 3 minutes. Total time: 8 minutes. Servings: 2
- In a microwave-safe, large bowl, stir the oats and the water together. Microwave the mixture on a high setting between three and four minutes until the water has absorbed and the oats have cooked. Watch the oatmeal carefully to keep it from boiling over.
- From there, divvy up the oatmeal into two bowls, and then pour a ¼ cup of any milk of your choosing over each serving.
- Divide the pecan halves, dried tart cherries, and sliced banana between both bowls before drizzling one or two tablespoons of Manuka honey over each serving.
- Tip: Because this oatmeal recipe has a sweeter flavor to it, thanks to the Manuka honey, it’s better to use the contrast of tart cherries rather than sweet cherries against the honey, especially if you want to use the entire suggested amount of honey.
- Tip: If you feel like going all the way and making the breakfast version of a banana split, then you can always add a little bit of chocolate into your oatmeal. To keep it as healthy as possible, you can sprinkle on some cacao nibs, which add a purer chocolate flavor but without flooding it with sugar. Cacao nibs also have a good crunchy texture to them.
- Tip: It’s possible to make this recipe using quick oats instead of traditional rolled oats, but you need to decrease the cook time. Regardless of the kind you use, several 30-60 second intervals should be enough. Be sure to stir in between every interval, as this helps in allowing even cooking while also preventing your oatmeal from overflowing.
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