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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?