“Piña papaya” is the most delightful phrase that you will ever say, and you know it. It is basically a two-word poem. I can’t stop saying it. Or singing it.
Are you a papaya fan? Here’s one for you. Do I even need to convince you? This oatmeal is loaded with fresh papaya chunks and paired with its tropical cousin, the beloved pineapple. What more is there to say??
Are you on the fence about papaya? Yeah, me too. So for you, let me tell you how I feel about this recipe to convince you to try it.
Look, I get it. You want to like papaya. You love mango, you love pineapple, you love the blue bag of Skittles, and you love ordering tropical smoothies. In your mind, you believe you should love papaya, but when you try it fresh–on its own–there’s a moment of disappointment when you realize it’s not mango. I get you. But this recipe will change your mind, and here’s why.
Something happens when you simmer fresh papaya with a little almond milk, some magical oats, and a handful of pineapple. I don’t know if it’s the combination of ingredients, the process of cooking, or a bit of both. All I know is, when it all comes out of the saucepan, that papaya is the fruit I want it to be: tropical, juicy, and a bit more accessible for those of us who are ~unsure~ how we feel about this orange-hued babe.
Piña Papaya Oatmeal: Curing papaya anxiety since 2016.
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What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup milk (coconut suggested) of choice or water*
- 1/2 cup diced pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats*
- 1/2 cup diced papaya (fresh recommended)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- splash of lemon juice
- pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/4 c water) and frozen pineapple to a low boil.
- Add oats, and reduce heat to a simmer. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.) Stir occasionally.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed in the oatmeal, add most of your diced papaya (save the rest for topping), vanilla extract, lemon juice, and salt. Stir.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, remaining papaya, and any other additional toppings (coconut, nuts, more fruit, etc.).
Just an FYI:
*You can make this with rolled or quick oats by increasing the liquid to 1 cup and the oats to 1/2 cup. PB Lovers: This goes well with Earth Balance Coconut-Peanut Spread!