Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pina Colada Oatmeal

WHY did it take me so long to try this combination? The pineapple-coconut duo is one of my favorite flavor combos. It's even better than strawberry-banana! Or--dare I say it--chocolate and peanut butter?

Nah, scratch that last one. Nothing's better than chocolate and peanut butter.


I really, really loved this oatmeal; it's so flavorful and refreshing. Pineapple, as I'm learning, works beautifully in oatmeal. Some fruits lose their flavor after undergoing the slightest bit of cooking on the stove, or the flavor mysteriously disappears when combined with the oatmeal. (If anyone can explain this phenomenon to me, that's be greatly appreciated.) On the other hand, pineapple not only retains its flavor, but seemingly gains more of it! You won't need added sugar, and you won't need special spices or extracts. A little coconut milk (or if nothing else, shredded coconut) is all it takes to elevate the pineapple.


You can use either fresh or frozen pineapple. If you have fresh pineapple, feel free to add more as a topping at the very end!
Frozen pineapple often comes in fairly large chunks. I slice those chunks into some smaller pieces so they're bite-size. Also, the pineapple chunks attract a lot of the heat while cooking, and if they're too big, they inevitably will burn your mouth when you try and bite into them.

Trust me. ;)


Pina Colada Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 cup diced pineapple, fresh or frozen
  • pinch of salt
  • shredded coconut for topping
Instructions
  1. Bring coconut milk to a boil, add 1/2 cup regular rolled oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now. I recommend chia.)
  2. Add pineapple and a pinch of salt. Stir.
  3. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of coconut milk and top with shredded coconut. If using fresh pineapple, add a few more diced chunks as a topping!
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14 comments:

  1. Yum! I'm trying that tomorrow :D

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  2. I didn't have coconut but I had coconut almond milk and it turned out AWESOME!

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    1. Great!! Thanks for trying it, and I'm glad you liked it!

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  3. I recently tried this combo too. Sad that the pineapple season is dwindling away here in Samoa, :-/ But I made it with pineapple juice, coconut cream (milk), fresh pineapple, and oatmeal. Instead of boiling the coconut milk, I combined the pineapple juice, coconut milk, and oatmeal and let it sit overnight in the fridge. Added the fresh pineapple in the morning, :-)

    http://popcorn-and-pickles.blogspot.com/2012/12/pina-colada-oatmeal.html

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  4. Unbelievable how many combinations you invent... It makes me also creative:) This one again, it sounds really d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! I would like to have more than one breakfast a day!!!
    Petra

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    1. Me too! It's not unusual for me to have oatmeal for lunch or dinner. :)

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  5. Sadly, I don't have any fresh pineapple on hand... would dried pineapple be an okay substitute?

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    1. Hmm....yes, but it might not be as flavorful. Dried pineapple is pretty sweet, though, so that should help.

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  6. I didn't have any coconut milk, but 1 cup of milk mixed with 3/4 tsp coconut extract worked perfectly!

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  7. OH. MY. GOD. This is soooo delicious!
    I did make a few changes, I added some rum extract to make it more like Pina Colada and I substituted toasted almonds for the shredded coconuts because I didn't have any. So yummy! Never tought of using coconut milk for oatmeal before.
    Thank you so much Lauren!

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  8. Just made this! Used 100g tinned crushed pineapple and koko dairy free coconut milk! Also added some sunflower seeds and a little wheatgerm to make it extra nutritional :) was SO good wow thanks!

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