This recipe for Coconut Banana Oatmeal was inspired by a delicious breakfast I had during our trip to Vancouver. I was craving oatmeal and was so intrigued by the coconut milk, dark chocolate and cinnamon toppings that I ordered it and just picked the banana slices off (why can’t I eat banana? it’s connected to a latex allergy). I enjoyed my banana-less oats a ton. But I’m putting the banana in the recipe because 1. It looks pretty and 2. I think most people would enjoy the extra sweetness it lends the oatmeal.
Another thing I love about this recipe? It’s super customizable. You can add as much or little dark chocolate shavings, cinnamon, and unsweetened coconut flakes as you’d like. You can cook the oats with milk for a creamier oatmeal or you can cook them with water to make them vegan. Possibilities abound!
I chose to use rolled oats because they cook more quickly than steel-cut oats, so they are perfect for someone who doesn’t function well in the mornings (like myself). But if you’re a morning person or want to cook these on a lazy Saturday morning, I’d encourage you to try them with steel-cut oats for some more nutrition. Just bear in mind that you’ll have to add an extra cup of liquid and simmer them for around 20 more minutes.
I had the pleasure of shooting this lovely recipe at Drew’s parents house – I enjoyed using their gorgeous wooden dining table so much!
Also, I was a little apprehensive about finding unsweetend coconut flakes at our grocery store, which can kind of have an iffy natural foods selection. But I was so pleased to find Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Coconut Flakes in the gluten-free section of our Kroger. I’d really encourage you to add them to the oatmeal – because this recipe is all about the toppings.
One final thing I want to share: I’m about halfway through The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy and I’m getting the feeling it’s not going to end well. So far it’s about the life of a man who sells his wife to another man like a horse, re-marries her after meeting her again later in life, and loses her after she succumbs to illness. And then, after his wife’s death, he’s a jerk and drives another woman he’s interested in away from him and into the arm’s of his step-daughter’s suitor. But I am interested to see how things play out. Should I be hopeful? I mean, I’ve already read Jude the Obscure and am familiar with the plot of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, so I don’t have high hopes for a happy ending. But you know that Coconut Banana Oatmeal I made? That always has a happy ending.
- • 1 cup rolled oats
- • 2 cups water, milk, or a combination of both
- • ¼ cup coconut milk
- • 1 banana, sliced
- • Garnishes: dark chocolate shavings, cinnamon, unsweetened coconut flakes
- Combine oats and water in a pot over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Simmer until the oats reach desired consistency.
- Divide oats into 2 bowls. Top off with banana slices and coconut milk divided evenly among the 2 bowls. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings, cinnamon, and unsweetened coconut flakes.