Welcome to the next installment of recipes for my favorite breakfast food: oatmeal. Click for my berry-sunflower oatmeal recipe. I like to think of this coconut mango oatmeal as a tropical flavor. I don’t know, the combination of mango and coconut conjures up ideas of sitting at a bar on a beach with cocktails with little umbrellas. Or maybe my subconscious just wants out of this current cold weather. Where’s summer guys? Or even spring? I’m not complaining, but I don’t want to be cold anymore.
I digress… I love this flavor of oatmeal. I feel like I say that of every oatmeal recipe. Maybe it’s my love for oatmeal, clouding my judgment? Who knows? I will say this though, if you’re a fan of tapioca, and you usually don’t add milk to you oatmeal. Add it when you make this. Milk + coconut in oatmeal gave me very fond memories of tapioca. And now that I’m thinking of tapioca, I’m wondering when I’m going to get around to making mango and sticky rice. I’ve been craving that for a while.
Ok, back on track. Making this is exactly the same method as the berry sunflower oatmeal, we just have different toppings.
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup water
1/2 Mango, diced
Coconut flakes, toasted
Combine oatmeal and cold water in a pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat. While your oatmeal is cooking, prep your toppings by washing and cutting up your mango. To toast your coconut flakes: pour flakes in a frying pan, heat on medium high and move the flakes around at intervals to prevent them from burning. Stir your oatmeal at regular intervals to prevent it from burning and aid in even cooking. Once it’s cooked to your preferred consistency, pour into a bowl, add in mango, coconut, milk, and sugar. Stir, eat and be happy as you go through your day.
Note: The quantity of coconut flakes is left to your discretion and if you’re a mango lover, feel free to use a whole one. Sweetener Options: While I choose to use brown sugar to sweeten my oatmeal, you can swap it out for your preference – white sugar, honey (another personal preference), agave nectar etc. Sides: I like to include extra protein in my breakfast by eating it with a hardboiled egg, like the sweeteners, stick to your preference – bacon, franks, sausage etc. Or totally forgo this by doubling the portion above for a filling breakfast.
Check back soon for my Honey Banana Almond Oatmeal recipe.