Rise and Dine: Pina Oatlada

by Rachel on October 6, 2009

You don’t need me to tell you that oatmeal –real, old-fashioned oats– is an amazing food. Low in fat, high in fiber, satisfying, comforting, blah, blah, blah. You get it!

But as fantastic as oatmeal is, sometimes it gets, well, boring. Vanilla, peanut butter, brown sugar, milk…blah, blah, blah! That’s yummy, don’t get me wrong, but it’s just so predictable. Oats are so versatile, it’s a waste not to experiment a bit more!

So, experiment I did! This recipe was inspired by a post of Emma’s over at Veggie Booty. She made a version of tropical oats, I shared my ideas via comments, we discussed, I bought supplies, the kiwi began to ferment while I waited on making it…but I finally got it right!

Ingredients

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

2/3 cup light coconut milk

1/3 cup water

15 pistachios, shelled

2 tbsp dried pineapple, chopped

Small kiwi, sliced and diced

Pinch of cinnamon

Optional: shredded unsweetened coconut, banana

Step 1: Put water and coconut milk in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add oats and cook according to package directions.

Step 2: Stir in kiwi, pineapple, pistachios, and cinnamon. Garnish with shredded coconut and sliced banana.

Damn. Not your typical bowl of oats!

OK first, oats are typically sweet. These oats are definitely salty. It’s different, but I liked it! There is still sweetness from the pineapple — and, um dried pineapple might, in fact, be the greatest thing that’s happened to me in a long time — but the pistachios really up the salt factor. The kiwi adds a nice tart, sour flavor. And despite the coconut milk, it doesn’t actually taste like a bottle of suntan lotion. Think about how coconut milk is the basis in curry — it’s more like that.

While this is a great breakfast, I think it would actually make a phenomenal dinner! It’s good for those nights when you’re eating alone and being a twentysomething girl. You know…I’m talking about the nights when you’re perfectly content to mindlessly eat Lucky Charms during reruns of “That 70s Show.” Hey, it happens — so keep Kelso, ditch the marshmallows, and upgrade to an oatmeal oasis!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joanna October 6, 2009 at 10:15 am

I am a huge oats fan so I will be trying this recipe!

I can eat oats straight out of the canister. My other favorite way is to mix in some dark chocolate baking cocoa and a little splenda or stevia. It tastes like a big fat cheat meal, but isn’t.
.-= Joanna´s last blog ..NuSchool NuTrition =-.

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2 Rachel October 6, 2009 at 11:58 am

Duuude you totally gave away my next recipe!! ;)

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3 Lauren October 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm

i love dried pineapple…and regular pineapple actually!

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4 Rachel October 6, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Regular pineapple is my fave! I don’t know why I never tried it dried. SO good.

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5 Veggie Booty October 6, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Yes, dried pineapple IS delicious, and SUCH A GREAT ADDITION!! You jazzed this up, and I’m loving it. I especially love the pistachios -a stroke of genius! Very well done, very well done. I can’t wait to try it!
.-= Veggie Booty´s last blog ..Ginormous Foods. =-.

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6 Rachel October 6, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I’m glad you liked!! I love our recipe collaborations!

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