Oatmeal with Torched Bananas, Gluten-free Print Recipe Print Recipe

I’m going to guess a majority of you have already jumped right into healthy eating, am I right? Good news, a few friends and I have you covered. We also have a few indulgent recipes as well. You’re allowed, it’s okay.

I have a very special guest today, my friend, Kasey from Turntable Kitchen is here and she sharing this beautiful and delicious oatmeal with torched bananas. If you’ve gotten bored with your typical oatmeal or breakfast routine, this is for you!



When Lisa asked me to share a recipe with her readers while she was busy tending to her new bundle of joy, I was thrilled. Lisa and I first got to know each other through our blogs, and have stayed in touch since she moved away from the Bay Area (I’m dying to visit her in Portland!). I’m expecting my first child this winter and it’s been so wonderful to be able to drop Lisa notes here and there and share our feelings, tips and worries. She’s definitely been a trooper throughout her pregnancy and I can tell will be a fantastic mom to her little boy.


Over on my site, Turntable Kitchen, I focus on cooking comforting, healthy (usually!), and nutritious food, and given that this is a time when Lisa probably needs a lot of comfort, I figured I’d share one of my go-to breakfast recipes. It was inspired by a stay at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, where steel cut oats are served with a topping of torched bananas (can you think of anything better?!). The thing I love about this breakfast is that it feels indulgent; the vanilla-scented oatmeal reminds me pudding, and the sugary, caramelized bananas make me think of banana bread mixed with creme brûlée. That said, it’s loaded with good for you stuff, so you can eat it every day of the week and not feel guilty. Enjoy!


Oatmeal with Torched Bananas
*serves two- four

PRINT Recipe


  • 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups of milk or water
  • 2 tablespoons of golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon of real vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1-2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Turbinado sugar


Add the water or milk to a medium saucepan. Stir in the oats along with a pinch of salt, and bring to boil. Cook oats for about 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally as needed, until creamy.

Stir in the vanilla extract, along with the honey and raisins. Cook for another minute or two to let the vanilla infuse the oatmeal.

Divide the oatmeal between two or four oven-proof baking dishes or ramekins (depending on what you have on hand). Top with banana slices and sprinkle evenly with the sugar.

Broil for several minutes (watching carefully), until the bananas begin to brown and caramelize.


*gluten-free *dairy-free, optional



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  • houseofearnest

    This looks phenomenal! I love really hearty, warm dishes for our cold winters!

  • http://twitter.com/MyFoodThoughts Brian Samuels

    Oh hello my favorite ladies! 🙂 This post made me so happy. The recipe looks absolutely amazing and something that I could really use right now (I’m freakin’ cold!!!!)

  • Maria

    Great way to start the day!

  • http://twitter.com/alyssarimmer Alyssa

    Perfect for a super cold morning like today! I love the idea of torching the bananas…anything torched always reminds me of creme brulee.

  • carrian

    This looks delicious and beautiful!

  • http://twitter.com/wvanillasugar Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Love love love the sound of this! Delicious!

  • Liz DellaCroce

    This sounds incredible – I love the idea of baking oatmeal and need to do it more often.

  • http://twitter.com/cookincanuck Dara Michalski

    I’m not a huge oatmeal fan, but I think those torched bananas could change my mind. What a great way to start the day!

  • http://www.thelittlekitchen.net/ JulieD

    This looks delicious, Lisa! When I was in Vermont in the fall, we had a dessert with torched bananas and it was amazing!!

  • Lynn Richards

    Just found you on Pinterest, and I am doing one big HAPPY dance!!! You have a beautiful blog and your recipes are fabulous. I can’t wait to try them out.

  • marla

    Love the idea of the torched oatmeal!

  • WithStyleGrace

    oh you’re so sweet – welcome!!

  • http://justforfoodies.blogspot.com/ Colette

    Torched bananas…sounds like fun!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    YUM!! I love this!

  • http://twitter.com/MarlaMeridith Marla Meridith

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post 🙂

  • WithStyleGrace

    awe, thanks Marla! btw – SO happy for your recent move!! maybe I’ll come visit you one day 😉