Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Pudding

It's not really any big news anymore- it is very (VERY) cold here in Boston.  Yesterday I believe our high temperatures were around 11 degrees...brrrrr.  Yesterday was definitely our coldest day, however the last few haven't been too much better.  So, on Sunday morning after dragging myself to the gym, I wanted a hot breakfast.  I wanted a hot, cozy, comforting breakfast that would make me feel energized and ready for the rest of the day.  I looked around my kitchen and spied a long over ripe banana.  Knowing that I would never eat it as it was, and pulling inspiration from a recent Top Chef Masters episode I had watched, I decided to make a quick and easy banana pudding for breakfast. 

I heated a small sauce pan over medium heat and then added the banana (whole 'cause I'm crazy like that) to the pot, and then added about a 1/4 cup skim milk.  I whisked the banana and the milk together, and then added a teaspoon of vanilla, a teaspoon of honey, and a big spoonful of peanut butter (mmmm peanut butter!).  More whisking, and soon the lumps of banana were gone, and a warm "pudding" closer consistency to soup had formed.  I topped it off with a great trail mix from Trader Joe's containing almonds, and dried cranberries, raisins, golden raisins, and blueberries.

The result?  Tasty- though a little sweet.  I didn't take into account how sweet bananas get after sitting around for a while, so the addition of the honey was probably not needed.  Otherwise though, this was deliciously filling, and spread a wonderful warm feeling through my chilled body.  One for the books when my bananas are (way) past their prime!


Melissa said...

I like this pudding idea! When I have bananas that are almost ready to be thrown out, I toss them in the freezer and they keep there well until I'm ready to use them. I bet a frozen banana would make a good pudding too!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

oh this sounds really good! I'm already getting a little bored of my oatmeal routine - this is a great, warm alternative!

The Small Boston Kitchen said...

Banana breakfast pudding you say? That sounds so good, how creative of you!

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