Tropical Oatmeal

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It took my approximately 30 years to give oatmeal another shot. I ate it occasionally as a kid but probably after age 8 or so, no more. I think it was a texture issue. It was with trepidation that I tried oatmeal again, at the strong recommendation of a good friend who shared a great recipe for banana oatmeal. Using whole oats instead of instant oats results in chewier, less-gluey texture that I prefer, and the bananas add sweetness and creaminess. I’ve upped the ante on this recipe by adding a slew of yummy tropical fruit and a sprinkle of flaked coconut for good measure. The oatmeal and chia seeds are filling, and the fruit gives it enough flavor that I don’t miss my morning smoothie. This is a great breakfast on a day you need a little more oomph. In my picture, I think I topped it with just pineapple and coconut. If you have a kiwi, dice it up and throw it on. The color is so pretty and bright green stuff must be good for you, right? And bring some mango to the party while you’re at it. Go crazy with whatever fresh fruit you have, you only need a small amount of each.

Tropical Oatmeal (serves 1, go ahead and double, triple, quadruple… you get the idea)
1/3 to 1/2 C whole oats depending on your appetite, just use the same amount each of oats, water, and milk
1/3 to 1/2 C water
1/3 to 1/2 C nondairy milk (I used unsweetened coconut-almond)
1 banana, cut into very thin slices (reserve some to dice and add on top if you like)
your favorite tropical fruits (I like kiwi, mango, and pineapple), diced
1 T unsweetened coconut flakes (toasted if you like)
1 T chia seeds

In a small saucepan, heat the oats, milk, water, and chia seeds until they begin to boil. Stir in the thinly sliced bananas and continue to stir until your oatmeal reaches desired consistency, about 2 minutes. The bananas will mostly melt into the oatmeal. Place in a serving bowl and top with diced fruit and coconut flakes. You can also make this in the microwave (about 2 minutes on high) but just stir it well before heating or else the chia seeds will all clump together and it will taste disgusting if you get a spoonful of chia seeds. Trust me on this.

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