A creamy, banana-sweetened oatmeal recipe that is unlike any oatmeal recipe I’ve ever eaten.Oatmeal risotto recipe

I recently got a copy of Try This at Home, a cookbook by Richard Blais, runner up on fourth season of Top Chef.

I needed a new cookbook about as bad as I needed a kick in the pants. But as soon as I started flipping through this unusually creative and inspiring cookbook, I just new I had to have it.

One of the recipes that stood out to me was this one: Oatmeal risotto.

This oatmeal turns out super creamy. Soaking the oats overnight really helps to soften them up. The vinegar-soaked raisins adds a nice pop of flavor, and the banana adds just the right amount of sweetness.

Oatmeal risotto recipe

Incorporating Low-Cost Oats Into Your Diet

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One item that is always affordable is oatmeal. Experiment with new oatmeal recipes to find ones that you like, and start adding those recipes into your meal rotation. Here are some to try:

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Oatmeal risotto recipe: A creamy, banana-sweetened steel cut oatmeal recipe that's totally unique.

Oatmeal Risotto

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

This is a very creamy, banana-sweetened oatmeal recipe that is unlike any oatmeal that I've ever had. 


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • Parmesan cheese, for topping


  1. Place oats and water in a medium bowl. Cover and allow to stand overnight at room temperature.As you are preparing the oatmeal, place raisins and vinegar in a small bowl and allow to soak.
  2. Pour oats and water into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar and salt. Mix well. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add mashed banana and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes or so. Remove from heat.
  4. Place oatmeal into 4 individual serving bowls. Top with soaked raisins and a few shavings of Parmesan cheese.

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