This is for one serving but it would be easy to double or up. It only takes about 15 minutes from preparation time to plate-time.
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup water
1 banana, sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon of maple syrup for sautéing the bananas (you can also use 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to replace the syrup)
1 tablespoon of maple syrup (or brown sugar) for adding to your cooked oatmeal if you want it sweeter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Add oats and water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, add the vanilla, also the cinnamon if using. Simmer until thickened. The directions on the back of my box says this will take 5 minutes.
While the oatmeal is cooking, add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (or brown sugar) to a large sauté pan. Once it is sizzling add the sliced bananas. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, then flip over gently and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. They should be a nice golden brown by now.
When the oatmeal is done, and if you think you would like it a little sweeter, stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of syrup (or brown sugar). Top with the caramelized bananas. Finish off with a few chopped walnuts and you may want to add 1/2 cup of milk (or not).
This was such a delicious way to serve oatmeal I am looking forward to trying it again.