Toasted Cinnamon Oatmeal with Bananas and Raisins

“New year, new you!!!”

That’s the cliche phrase my gym instructor kept shouting while I was struggling to keep pace in her class. It was also equally demotivating when I noticed 40- and 50-year-olds in the class bopping along like they weren’t out of breath or anything. What is wrong with me?

I’ve become a gym rat this week. I’m trying out a free trial at the gym nearby work and I feel good don’t get me wrong, but I am not a gym person. I much rather be outside frolicking and jumping around then inside a cold, sterile building with metal contraptions.

But being active is only one part of being healthy. We have to eat right too (stinks, I know). The healthiest and heartiest breakfast for me is a homemade bowl of oatmeal. It’s so much better than the microwaveable oatmeal packets which are just mushy sugary piles of goop. Eww.

On the other hand, this oatmeal is so creamy, delicious and filling.

And so much better than a cold bowl of cereal! You can add in any fruits you like. I just happened to have bananas on hand. And toasting the oats beforehand with butter adds another dimension to the oatmeal. It’s so freakin’ good!

I’m taking spin today. I hope I can keep up. Wish me luck : )

Toasted Cinnamon Oatmeal with Bananas and Raisins
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
Makes 2 hearty servings


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ounce raisins
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

*Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add oatmeal, and toast, tossing and turning oats, until oatmeal is brown and fragrant, about 4 minutes.
*Add 2 cups of water and salt and bring to a boil.
*Reduce to a simmer and cook until most of the water has evaporated and oatmeal is tender, about 8-10 minutes.
*Stir in cinnamon, raisins, banana and brown sugar in the last minute of cooking.


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