Friday, March 5, 2010

Tropical Oatmeal

When it is cold outside oatmeal is my go to breakfast. There is something warm and comforting about oatmeal that allows me to face a cold day ready for action. We eat oatmeal a few different ways. Sometimes we top it with walnut butter and banana slices, other times it is frozen berries and almonds, but today it was tropical oatmeal. Beatrice made oatmeal with coconut milk a while back and it sounded so tasty it must have stuck in my head. This morning I decided make my own version of tropical oatmeal. Thanks for the inspiration Beatrice. Here is what I made.

Tropical Oatmeal
Serves 1

Oatmeal Ingredients:

½ cup old fashioned oats, dry
1 cup water
1 pinch salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ground

Toppings Ingredients:

1 clementine, sectioned and cut into bite sized pieces
¼ cup fresh pineapple, cut into bite size pieces
1 tablespoon unsweetened, reduced fat coconut flakes (Let’s Do Organic Brand)
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
¼ teaspoon cardamom, ground


Combine the oatmeal ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and heat until the water is absorbed (2 minutes in my microwave).

Top the oatmeal with the fruit and nuts and serve.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 260.76
Calories From Fat (25%) - 65.1

Total Fat - 18.29g
Saturated Fat - 1.82g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 300.39mg
Potassium - 415.51mg
Total Carbohydrates - 47.21g
Fiber - 8.64g
Sugar - 11.53g
Protein - 7.61g


This is something that I made for myself today, not Dan. The reason I didn’t make this for Dan is that he isn’t overly fond of coconut. However if you like coconut and pineapple this is a good oatmeal variation. I used ingredients we had on hand but there are many possible variations. Mango would also be good here as would banana. I think the cardamom is a necessity but you could use nutmeg or vanilla and skip the cardamom if you choose.

This serving of oatmeal contains approximately 55mg of vitamin C, 80mg of calcium, 200mg of folate, 85mg of magnesium, and 18mcg of selenium.

Unrelated note:

Last night was a rough one. I didn’t sleep well due to nightmares. The lack of sleep may have contributed to the headache I woke up with today. This has had an impact on my productivity today. But I am hoping to make some progress on “project purge” this afternoon. Fingers crossed.

At least the sun is shiny and we may reach the low 50’s on Sunday. Nice weather is definitely something to look forward to. It will be nice to have a weekend with cloudy skies and snow for a change. I am trying to think of something fun that will involve getting outside in the nice weather. Bike riding is a possibility but it may still be a little cold for that.

Enough stalling, it is time for me to get back to my project. I hope to get our dinner posted tonight before I turn in. Italian food is on my mind today which may mean it will turn up on dinner table tonight.


  1. Sorry to hear about the nightmares...hope you can get a better rest tonight...the oatmeal looks really colorful and delicious.

  2. Rose,

    I rarely have nightmares but these were really bad, all around cancer and death. I am feeling much better now. Green tea seems to be my answer for everything!

    I really enjoyed this oatmeal, but I love coconut so I should. It was a nice departure from my usual flavors.

    talk to you later,

  3. Guess, oatmeal should have tasted too good..liked adding coconut to it..never tried..

    Take enough rest..have a great weekend :-)

    Looking forward for your Italian dish..

  4. Nithu,

    I love coconut and cardamom so I thought they would be good here. It was my first experience with coconut and oatmeal. However, it won't be my last.

    talk to you later,

  5. Yeah for the nice weather! We've got it too finally. It's so energizing.

  6. Heather,

    Having sun is great! Now if it can just warm up to normal for this time of year (mid 50's) I will be set.


  7. Sounds like you have the same weather as Chicago. Thank goodness for the sun though! I think I could totally get into tropical oatmeal, great idea!

    I tried out My Fitness Coach yesterday for the first time. Thanks for the recommendation, I really like it.

  8. Sarah,

    I hope you like the oatmeal. It hit the spot this morning for me.

    Thanks for letting me know you like My Fitness Coach. I like the flexibility it has. It is also one that both the hubby and I use, which is nice.

    talk to you later,

  9. SV,

    That is very nice of you to say! :-) But I will tell you I am feeling my age. I finally decided to stop being "completely" anonymous.

    We may be in your neck of the woods this weekend. I am considering a trip to Leesburg (like I need more stuff???).


  10. This oatmeal not only looks delicious, it looks very comforting! Great choice for today! :-)

    And I love your photo too! You are indeed a beauty! Now at last I can picture who's on the other end of all the blog posts, comments and emails! :-)

  11. Lalo,

    Glad you like the sound of the oatmeal. If you like tropical flavors I think it is a winner. Next time I may need to add a little vanilla, just for kicks.

    Thanks (blushing), but I had nothing to do with it. I decided it was finally time to stop being completely anonymous and come out of my comfort zone. Thanks again for the nice compliment. :-)


  12. What a creative way to spice up oatmeal! I just bought another case of clementines this morning, thanks for this idea!

  13. Janet,

    I got a case of clementines on Monday, which is why they have been making regular appearances. I think we are down to two now.

    If you like tropical flavors I think you will like this oatmeal. I really enjoyed it!


  14. Oops, forgot to add that I'm sorry for your nightmares and headache, I've been there too, not fun. Hope you are feeling better and enjoy the weekend! The sun and warmer temps help me, hope they help you too.

  15. Janet,

    That was very kind of you, thank you. My headache is almost gone. I am so exhausted I know I will sleep tonight, little risk of nightmares this evening. I think you are right the sun, fresh air, and warmer weather will definitely help. :-)

    I hope you a good weekend too,

  16. I love to have oatmeal for brekfast. Tropical oatmeal looks so YUM!

  17. Kumudha,

    Thanks for commenting! I hope you give it a try. I thought the flavors and textures worked well together. :-)


  18. My Jordan loves oatmeal, but it isn't my thing. Yet yours looks good enough to make me change my mind! But then again, ALL your food looks good enough to change anyones mind! :D

    Most of all, I just wanted to stop in and say "Hello" and I love you! I've grown quite fond of you, in a parent to child sort of way. Isn't that silly! I hardly know you, but that's the way I feel. Yet I am happy about it!

    You take care today, Alicia! Love ya! :)

    (Oh and it's so fun to see your new profile picture! That must be you peering back! It's nice to see your cute face!)

  19. Valerie,

    This may sound odd but I am not too fond of oatmeal either. But Dan loves it. I think it very bland, which is why I adds lots of "stuff" to give it flavor and texture.

    Sadly I am probably old enough to be your mom (47). But I appreciate the sentiment behind your comment. It was very sweet. :-)

    Yes that is a picture of me and Nicco. Now you understand why much of my food is Italian. I assume you see the heritage. Italian is the dominant part of my DNA. ;-)

    talk to you later,

  20. I just love oatmeal. I eat it all the time. Yours has a really fresh look to it, bright, colorful. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to incorporate some of your ideas into my oatmeal tomorrow morning.

  21. This oatmeal looks amazing! Hope your headache goes away - what is the thing about rubbing your little toe for headaches? Something like that!

  22. lol you stopped being anon, my myspace is locked up but i totally throw-up info on bloger, go figure:) you are very pretty and your shiny!! you ar a lot like how i thought you might look. so sorry about you nightmares *shudders in sympathy* those kind of color the whole day, and yours were about something that really happened, cancer. just remember you are truly fighting it like nobodies what was the project you were talking about? what did i miss? is it the organizing or something new?

  23. Your version of tropical oatmeal looks delicious! Thanks for the link...


  24. Melissa,

    Thanks for letting me know you like the idea of it. I hope you check out Beatrice's recipe too.


    I had not heard that about headaches. But I will keep it in mind for the next time I have one. Thanks for the tip.


    Thanks for the compliment. That was very sweet.

    The project is the purge. It continues to expand the more I do the more I want to do. I tend to go overboard when I am in this type of mood.


    Thanks and you are very welcome. Thank you for the inspiration.



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