So this is one of those meals that doesn’t photograph well, but is actually amazing.
This is a recipe that I adapted from Kath Eats Real Food; Whipped banana oatmeal. I like to have the whipped banana oatmeal usually on weekends when I’ll have more time to prepare and eat it. Since I first had this oatmeal, I’ve been adding things to it depending on what I’ve had in the cupboard. Over the past few weeks I’ve honed in on an amazing combination and I really can’t get enough of it, so I wanted to share the recipe.
This warm oatmeal is the perfect way to start a cold morning (know we have lots of those coming up…). It tastes like coconut banana bread and to top it off, it’s filled with delicious seeds and other goodies to make it a really nutritious, healthy way to start your day. The peanut butter gives it a rich, nutty flavour and the prunes… I love prunes. When my nutritionist gushed about prunes, I rolled my eyes. Prunes are for the elderly, I thought. I was wrong. They now taste like candy. And let me tell you – when you come across a prune in these oats, it’s exciting.
Healthy Coconut Banana Bread Oats
(also vegan and gluten free!)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1/3 cup of oats (I use Quaker large flake)
1/3 cup of water
1/3 cup of coconut milk (not in a can)
1/2 banana, chopped thinly
1 tsp of coconut extract
pinch of salt
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp ground flax (or flax seeds – ground flax digests better)
1 1/2 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 tbsp unsweetened peanut butter of choice (I go crunchy)
4-5 dried prunes, chopped
Add the oats, water, coconut milk, banana, coconut extract and salt to a small pot and turn it to medium high. As the mixture is heating, whisk it to incorporate the bananas. As they heat, they’ll break down into the mixture and add flavour without being chunky (who likes the texture of bananas anyway).
Once the mixture has started to thicken and you can’t see any more banana, add the chia, hemp hearts, flax, pumpkin seeds and shredded coconut. Keep the mixture on the heat, stirring often, until it reaches your desired consistency. Grab a spatula and get it into a bowl. Add the peanut butter and prunes on top. Stir in.
If this recipe sounds like a lot of ingredients for a small bowl of oats, I promise you, it’s worth it. When you keep your dried nuts and seeds in tupperware or mason jars, it’s also really easy to measure everything out quickly.