Fun fact: according to Wikipedia, a spurtle is a Scottish kitchen tool used to stir oatmeal or soup. Who knew?
One of the most decadent desserts that comes to my mind is the banana split- ice cream, fruit, chocolate, peanuts, mmm. My first part-time job as a teenager was at a little ice cream shack, and I remember that I really liked to make the banana splits. It was definitely the most time-consuming item on the menu to make, but a well crafted banana split is not only delicious, but also a bit of a visual masterpiece.
Now, as an adult and a healthy living advocate that believes in moderation, I don't usually eat banana splits. WAY too much ice cream in one sitting. I will, however, eat this banana split oatmeal.
So now, may I present my 2013 Spar for the Spurtle entry! Wish me luck!
Banana Split Oatmeal
Ingredients for two servings:
1/2 cup dry steel cut oatmeal
1 1/2 cups water
1 T honey
1 t cinnamon
dash of salt
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
2 T peanut butter
2 T dark chocolate chips
Mash one of the bananas in a medium saucepan. Add oatmeal, water, honey, salt, and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer, then cook for about 20 minutes, or to your desired consistency. While the oatmeal is cooking, slice the second banana and chop your strawberries. Heat up the chocolate chips until melted. I did this on the stove top, but you could also just microwave the chocolate.
Once the oatmeal is ready, spoon into two bowls. Top with strawberries, bananas, peanut butter, and melted chocolate.