Sunday was a dream come true. Finally, on my second try, I qualified for the Boston Marathon.

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F-I-N-A-L-L-Y!

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The first time I tried to qualify was in October of last year, and was off the qualifying time of 3 hours and 35 minutes by four minutes!! I was sad, but since it was my first try I wasn’t too worried about it.

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Failing at something, whatever it is, simply means that if you want it bad enough you need to try harder next time. The whole “do whatever it takes” mentality.

I wouldn’t say I was 100% committed to doing everything it takes to be a Boston-worthy runner, but I did try my best. I gave up alcohol, I lost weight, I ran six days a week, I cross-trained four days a week, and I went to bed early…apparently it worked.

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So now, I’m going to take some time to rest this body up and focus on what the rest of the summer has to offer – like wedding planning, cooking and hanging out with friends.

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Breakfast is my happy place. My favorite meal of the day AND my favorite thing to make.

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I made this oatmeal with the last of some ripe bananas and couldn’t be happier with the results. Bananas, butter, and brown sugar were made for each other.

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Enjoy the rest of your week everyone!

Bananas Foster Oatmeal

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans
  • 1-2 bananas, sliced

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pot bring the milk to a boil, watch carefully. Reduce the heat to medium and add in the quarter teaspoon of salt and the oats. Stir occasionally for 10 to 15 minutes or until the oatmeal reaches the consistency you prefer. Cover with a lid and remove off of the burner and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 10 inch skillet toast your pecans until fragrant and set aside.
  3. In the same pan over medium heat, melt two tablespoons of unsalted butter, two tablespoons of brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir until the sugar has melted and starts to bubble. Add in the sliced bananas and let them sit in the bubbling brown sugar and butter for a minute or two. Flip and repeat until the sugar mixture has thickened. Add the pecans back in and toss.
  4. Serve banana and pecan mix on top of 2-4 bowls of oatmeal. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Simply Scratch

http://warmvanillasugar.com/2014/05/27/bananas-foster-oatmeal/

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30 Responses to Bananas Foster Oatmeal

  1. Now this is my kind of breakfast! It sounds amazing and super simple to prepare!

  2. Sues says:

    Congratulations!! That is so amazing and such a huge accomplishment! I can’t wait to see you running by me in Boston next April πŸ™‚

    This sounds like the most awesome way to kick morning oatmeal up a notch!

  3. CONGRATULATIONS! That is huge. So impressed & excited that you’ll be running in my beautiful city πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats for qualifying πŸ˜€ You’ve done so well πŸ˜€
    And the recipe, dang! That looks like some tasty human-fuel right there, delicious πŸ˜€ x

  5. Kathryn says:

    Congratulations, what a totally awesome achievement! Fuelled, no doubt, by your excellent breakfasting!

  6. Congrats on qualifying–that’s no small feat! And bananas foster oatmeal sounds like something I need to try immediately. πŸ™‚

  7. Congratulations! That is such a fantastic achievement – you should be so proud of yourself! You deserve to indulge as much as possible now – enjoy!

  8. Oh my gosh, CONGRATS!! That is so exciting!! Now you are even more of an inspiration to me! The oatmeal looks pretty ahhmazing too. I agree- bananas, butter, and brown sugar are made for each other!

  9. CONGRATU-FUCKING-LATIONS. Sorry if that was bad language. But I am very excited for you. I hope I can be at your level one day cus you just are amazing! And so is this oatmeal, but mostly you!!

  10. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulationsssssss!!!!!!! Love the changes that you have brought about and great to know that they worked well for you! Maybe I’ll start going to bed early too and wake up early to catch up on some much needed exercise! And then when I’m all drained and exhausted and starving, I could feed my face with this DELICIOUS oatmeal! <3

  11. congrats! this is a big deal πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    i have been trying to eat oatmeal for my breakfast, normally its apples + cinnamon but i could see this happening soon.

  12. Congrats!!! That is so exciting! What’s also exciting is FREAKING BANANAS FOSTER OATMEAL! I don’t think I’ve ever wanted oatmeal more in my life than at this moment. πŸ™‚

  13. Ashley says:

    Congratulations!!!! That is super exciting! And this oatmeal looks awesome – I love oatmeal of any kind for breakfast!

  14. Monet says:

    Congratulations! I’m so excited! You worked hard, and I can’t wait to see the next leg of your journey πŸ™‚ And this oatmeal? Delicious!

  15. Congrats, girlie!!! How fun and exciting!

    Also, this oatmeal?! You just got me waaaay excited for breakfast!

  16. congratulations, its a great achievement!! I mean the giving up alcohol bit – LOL – I jest !

    I am always lost for breakfast foods, since I’m time crunched and usually prefer a savory breakfast. I’ve quit oatmeal for a while but I need to get back into it – its so healthy. I love walnuts in my oatmeal too.

  17. Congrats!!! That’s super exciting πŸ™‚ And this breakfast looks so perfect…i used to eat oatmeal a ton and I’d microwave it with 1/2 a chopped banana. Warm bananas + oatmeal = heaven.!

  18. Joanne says:

    I basically died of happiness when I saw your update about this!! You are SUCH a rockstar. And you know next year when you’re running Boston, I’ll be there cheering you on!! I have had bananas foster on the brain lately, so it’s like you’re speaking to my soul with this one. Perfect celebration breakfast!

  19. Brian says:

    Congrats on the marathon!
    These pictures are awesome, it makes me want to cook breakfast at 9:00 at night. I’m definitely making this. Thanks!

  20. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    Congratulations! That’s such an amazing achievement! This breakfast looks delicious!

  21. Seriously delicious this was! Why did I write like Yoda speaks? Haha who knows, aaaaanyway! Just wanted to say that I’ve made (and fallen in love with) this a few times now, amazing! Posted it up on my blog tonight πŸ™‚

    http://julesthenorweegie.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/pecanana-foster-oatmeal.html

    Thank you for the recipe! x

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