A hectic morning can be made so much better simply by finding time to squeeze in a hot (or cold!) breakfast. This Sticky Banana Bread Cereal Topping is a fast, cozy, delicious way to get your family hopping out of bed in the morning. Whip this sticky sweet banana and walnut mixture up on your stove top in minutes and have the entire house smelling like fresh baked banana bread. These sticky clusters are perfect for spooning onto hot cereal like oatmeal, quinoa or cream of wheat or rice. You can even add this stuff to cold cereal, pancakes, toaster waffles, a bowl of soy yogurt or even spread it on a piece of peanut butter slathered bread. But the best part is really that calm, cozy sensory feeling your family will have walking out the door in a fuzz of Banana Bread aroma bliss…
Customize Your Clusters. If you want to make this topping even more complex, you can add in a few healthy extras. Try hemp seeds, sunflower seeds or even sesame seeds. Tiny seeds will add even more texture yet boost the nutrient content. Especially those hemp seeds. Packed with healthy vegan protein and omega fatty acids.
You don’t want hard chewy clusters that are too sweet or crunchy. You really just want a sticky, warm mixture or banana nut goodness. There is a slight caramelized effect from the bananas and sugar – but just enough to stay spoonable.
Sticky Banana Bread Cereal Topping
vegan, makes about 3 cups
1 1/4 cups raw walnuts, roughly chopped/some left whole
2 bananas, diced into chunky cubes
2-3 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp vanilla extract (opt’l)
1 tbsp safflower oil + pinch of salt OR 1 Tbsp vegan butter spread (veg spread)
optional: dash of cayenne for those who like it with some heat!
1. Warm up a nonstick skillet. And prep your fruit and nuts.
2. Add the oil or butter – wait until sizzling hot.
3. Toss your bananas and walnuts with the sweetener, spices and vanilla. Add to hot skillet.
4. Allow to saute for about 5 minutes over med-high heat. Stir a bit so that the nuts don’t burn.
5. Remove from heat. Cool slightly. Add to cereal or store in the fridge until ready to be used. The mixture will become sticky in the fridge.
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