I was surprised to find out that my mom and sister eat their oatmeal the same way I used to when I was in school – straight up, cooked in water, with a splash of milk, plus sliced banana and some sort of sweetener. It is my go-to oatmeal combination, but I also enjoy adding other toppings to switch up the flavors and prevent oatmeal burn-out. I decided to try to come up with some more oatmeal combinations that I could share with my family, but I’m going to share them with you guys, too. Here’s the first one I’ve done recently…
Although it’s now fall, I thought it would be fun to try out an exotic take on this breakfast classic – Tropical Oatmeal! And thanks to the use of dried fruit, you can enjoy this breakfast year-round.
I picked up a couple small bags of various, dried tropical fruits in the bulk bins of my local health food store. There were a lot of options, but I decided on papaya and pineapple (and I almost got mango, too). I also picked up some macadamia nuts (and you can usually find coconut in the bulk bins, too, but I knew I had some at the house). I wasn’t really sure how my fruit choices would work with oatmeal, but they were surprisingly awesome. Especially the papaya. Who knew?
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that I loved the papaya so much. When I was a kid, I’d always eat the papaya out of the fruit & nut mixes dad bought for us. hehe
Whether it’s the middle of the summer or you’re just missing the beach on a snowy winter day, you can enjoy this bowl of Tropical Oatmeal any time of year thanks to the use of dried fruits. Check out the bulk bins at your local health food store for a wide selection of your favorite tropical fruits and nuts. Oh, and unless you can’t consume coconut milk, I highly recommend not substituting it, because I think it really makes the oatmeal taste more exotic and delicious.
Cook time: 8-12 minutes (stove top)
- 1/3 cup dried, old-fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup canned coconut milk (or sub milk of choice)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 banana, sliced, optional
- approximately 1 tablespoon each of your favorite dried tropical fruits and nuts. I used: papaya, pineapple, macadamia nut, coconut flakes, almonds (I usually just scatter the toppings over the oatmeal till I think it looks like enough sans measurement)
- 1/2 teaspoon flaxseed, optional
- Combine oats, coconut milk, water, and chia seeds in a small, non-stick pot and stir together. Turn heat to medium-low.
- Cook until oats have thickened to your texture liking, about 8-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in sliced banana and pour mixture into a serving bowl. Top with dried fruits and nuts and flaxseed, if using.
- Turn on a Beach Boys song and enjoy!
Reader question: What’s your favorite tropical fruit?0