We’ve all been there. You buy a bunch of bananas that look just right and expect to eat them every day. Before you know it, they are turning brown and soft! Some people like them in that state, but most people don’t.
So what do we do with such bananas? Throw them away? That’s wasting money. Make banana bread? That could be dangerous for our waistline. So how else can we use them? (scratch head here) I find that super soft bananas (skin brown or turning brown) are perfect for mashing up in oatmeal!
This morning I made the Weight Watchers Baked Apple Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal. I put a soft banana in a bowl and broke it up into small chunks using my plastic spoon. I then poured the prepared oatmeal over the banana, added cinnamon, and mixed it all together. I put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds and then sprinkled a bit more cinnamon on top. The result was delicious!! I wasn’t sure how the banana would taste with apple cinnamon oatmeal, but I absolutely loved it. I highly recommend it.
I’m sure this would work with any oatmeal. If I’m using instant, I like that the WW brand gives me more bang for my buck. Most instant oatmeals are super processed and not very filling. The WW oatmeal has 9 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein per 1 cup serving! It is also considered a WW power food, and I always opt for the power foods when I can. Adding the banana (another power food) made it even more satisfying, and the whole thing was only 3 Points+! (For even more satisfaction, make the oatmeal with fat free milk for 5 Points+ which is still a TOTALLY affordable breakfast!!)
Of course, making your own oatmeal is probably even better than instant, but instant is just easier for me on work days! You could also make up a large batch of oatmeal with traditional or steel cut oats and then save it in the fridge to re-heat during the week. I just haven’t gotten around to that.
What do you do with your bananas that are on their way out?