Banana coconut oatmeal


Oatmeal is something I ate a lot as a small child. I'd sit at the kitchen table in my jammies, my hair in a knotted mess at the back of my head, chatting with my dad and eating my oatmeal before he left for work in the morning. Maybe it's because I've liked it since I was a kid that, to this day, I still use a teaspoon when I eat a bowl of oatmeal.

Whenever I make oatmeal these days I like to put fresh fruit in it. There's nothing plain about this banana coconut oatmeal. It's one of my favourite flavour combinations, and who doesn't like to start the day with tropical flavours?! Yum! This recipe is enough for two kiddies or one grown-up.


Here's how I make it:

1 cup water
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 banana, chopped (best if overripe)
2 tbsp shredded coconut
Pinch ground nutmeg

I bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. In go the oats, chopped banana, coconut, and nutmeg. I turn down the heat to medium/low and simmer while stirring frequently for two or three minutes. And that's it! I always top it with a splash of milk and sometimes a sprinkling of brown sugar. Okay, sometimes more than a sprinkling!

Are you a fan of oatmeal? Are your kids? What breakfast foods remind you of your childhood?

26 comments:

  1. I follow you and read your blog but I never comment - possibly because you make me feel like a terrible house wife! hahaha

    I really aught to start cooking again. LOVE this, LOVE oatmeal and bananas.. I will so be buying these ingredients.

    When I was little I used to get porridge and my dad would have these little jam packets (it was just him and I so I was spoiled) and he'd draw faces, or my initials, or a heart on top of my smoothed out porridge. One day my great gramma just globbed it on and forced me to eat it. I puked my guts out for 3 days. Obviously it wasn't because I didn't get a jam design but at 3 years old I put the 2 together and refused to eat the stuff for like 18 years.

    There's my breakfast story !

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  2. OMG I want a mommy to make that for me in the morning...but alas I am the mummy now, and this looks so warm and inviting I'll have to make this for my monkeys. Perfect breakfast. Great job.
    Cupcake
    xo

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  3. I'm definitely trying this. My husband makes oatmeal every morning for breakfast for my 22 month old and him to eat with eggs.

    We were more of a "cream of wheat" family growing up vs. oatmeal. Eating it just brings me back about 20 years!

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  4. dfost - Oh m'dear, I don't want you to feel like a "terrible house wife!" Trust me, I serve my fair share of hot dogs and peanut butter sandwiches. I just don't take pics of that stuff. And don't get me started on the dust bunnies hopping all over my house!

    Cupcake and T-Fam - Let me know how your oatmeal turned out!

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  5. Made this this morning...SUPER delicious!

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  6. I'm glad you liked it! I made it this morning too :)

    I think I'll post another oatmeal recipe soon...

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  7. Oh my goodness! This is freakin delish! Such a great change up from my regular apple cinnamon oatmeal and the kids LOVED it!

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  8. Since finding your blog I've become a little obsessed with oatmeal and have been feeding it to my family everyday!!! The Pumpkin Spice is AMAZING and I just now made the banana coconut...DELICIOUS!
    Today I even made it whole milk and brown sugar!
    Thanks for sharing !

    KariW

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  9. Makes Monday mornings worth it! Delicious and all the kids loved it too!

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  10. I just found your website and your oatmeal recipes. Have you ever tried cooking them in the microwave? If so and it has worked, about how long did you cook it?

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  11. I only recently got a microwave, and I haven't tried cooking oats in it. You could check a few packages of quick cooking oats the next time you're at the grocery store and see if any of them have microwave cooking instructions. Then just add the other ingredients to the oats/water mixture and cook according to directions on the package. Let us know if you try it and how it worked out for you!

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  12. Have u ever used old fashioned oats instead of quick cooking oats?

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  13. Hi jo - Sure, old fashioned oats would work with this recipe. They have a longer cooking time, so just cook according to the package instructions then add the rest of the ingredients toward the end of the cooking time.

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  14. I have to watch my weight & my wallet so I have oatmeal every a.m. for only 7 cents a serving! Yes you can make it in the microwave, I use old fashioned oats & cook for 2 1/2 minutes. Add a little milk when done if you want it extra creamy. Fresh blueberries are great too & almost explode they get so plump when they cook. Use one of those plate covers & your microwave won't get messy.

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  15. I just made this recipe this morning and it came out delicious! I have a strong dislike for oatmeal and your oatmeal recipes are starting to make me a believer! I garnished it pecans for an extra crunch, maybe I'll toast some macadamia nuts for a real tropical feel. Thank you!!

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    1. Glad you liked it, Beki. I LOVE your macadamia nuts idea!

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  16. When I visited my grandmother's house, she used to tear pieces of toast, put "hats" on them and float them in my oatmeal. The "hats" were different types of jam. I'm sure it took her forever but it made a great breakfast and a great memory!

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    1. Awww! Some of the best food memories come from time spent with grandmothers. Thanks for sharing :)

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  17. This week on Food on Friday, we are collecting ideas for using bananas. Would you be happy to link this in? Here is the link .

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  18. found this on Pinterest and just made myself a bowl. Very good flavors! I used cinnamon instead of nutmeg. Now if I can get my kids to like oatmeal again!

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  19. I hate oatmeal but the kid likes it - would rather feed her the home made version than the packet stuff... will give this a try today for lunch! Love that it is dairy free, too, as we can't eat dairy (intollerence) ...

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  20. I just made this and OMG it's def a new favorite breakfast!!! Thank you!! Apple cinnamon next!!!

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  21. I made this for breakfast this morning and really enjoyed it. I tried your apple pie oatmeal too. I think my favorite is the banana coconut oatmeal only because it's a little bit sweeter. :) Thank you for the recipe.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback, Lindsey. I agree - I like the banana coconut best too!

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