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Caramelized Banana Steel-Cut Oats

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Pressure-Cook: 10 min. + releasing Air-Fry: 15 min.


3 servings

Updated: Dec. 16, 2022
I think the best way to cook these banana steel-cut oats is in the pressure cooker. They come out perfect in a fraction of the time. To jazz things up, I top the oatmeal with sliced bananas, which I caramelize using my air-fryer attachment. It's such a treat on those cool mornings when you're looking for something warm and cozy. —Allison Martin, Conway, Arkansas
Caramelized Banana Steel-Cut Oats Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 3/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • 3/8 teaspoon each ground ginger and ground cinnamon, divided
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/8 teaspoon vanilla or rum extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 large banana, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided


  1. Place 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup oats, 1/8 teaspoon each ginger and cinnamon, salt and extract in each of three 1-pint wide-mouth canning jars. Top each with 1/2 teaspoon butter. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  2. Place wire rack with handles and remaining 1 cup water in inner pot of large multicooker. Set jars on rack. Lock pressure lid. Press pressure function; select custom. Set to short cook time (10 minutes). Start.
  3. Let pressure release naturally. Remove jars; drain water from inner pot and wipe dry. Unscrew lids from jars; top with sliced bananas. Sprinkle with sugar. Place jars in inner pot on wire rack with handles. Cover with air frying lid. Press air fry function; select bake. Press timer; set to 15 minutes. Start. Cook until sugar has caramelized.

Banana Steel-Cut Oats Tips

Can you cook these banana steel-cut oats on the stovetop?

Simply follow the stovetop directions on the package of steel-cut oats if that's your preferred cooking method. Divide cooked oats into jars or serving containers, then add bananas and proceed as directed.

Can you use other kinds of oats in this recipe?

Steel-cut oats require more liquid and a longer cook time than old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats. If substituting one of those, prepare according to package directions, divide into jars or serving containers, then add bananas and proceed as directed.

How do you store these banana steel-cut oats?

The caramelized banana topping is best served immediately after preparing. The oats themselves can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated up to five days. To serve, remove the metal lid and ring from the jar. Microwave for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Add banana topping, then proceed as directed. For a little zip, serve a batch of spiced bacon twists or iced coffee on the side of your jarred oats.

Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 259 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 311mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 5g fiber), 6g protein.

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