Coconut oatmeal with berries and peanut butter

Coconut oatmeal with berries and peanut butter

This is a perfect breakfast – light, sweet, refreshing and hearty at the same time. Mashed berries give oatmeal a tasty kick and turn ordinary plain oatmeal to exciting meal. Its sour flavor goes really well with coconut, blueberries and mandarin orange. Feel free to use fruits of your choise as topping, just be creative and enjoy your morning oatmeal game.

Lately, I’ve been adding a teaspoon of peanut butter on top of my oatmeal or smoothie bowl just to make sure I will not spoon a large amount of it into my mouth after finishing my breakfast. Peanut butter has a special place in my heart, it’s so delicious and fairly rich in vitamins and minerals (a 100 g portion of peanut butter contains 25% of protein and a decent amount of vitamin B3, E, Iron, Zinc, Fiber etc.). On the other hand it’s relatively high in calories, so it’s fine in small doses. I always check the ingredient list when buying because I don’t want to put palm oil and raffinated sugar into my body; and I want to spend my money on real food.

But let’s get back to the recipe.

Ingredients

Serves 1- 2

Oatmeal:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk of your choice (or a little more if you like thinner oatmeal)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (or agave syrup, honey)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Topping: 

  • 2 tbsp berries of your choice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup (or agave syrup, honey)
  • 1 mandarin, peeled and divided into wedges or cut into slices
  • 1 handful of blueberries (or other berries of your choice)
  • fresh mint leaves for decoration
  • 1- 2 tsp peanut butter

Directions

  1. To prepare topping, put 2 tablespoons of berries and teaspoon of maple syrup in the blender and blend until smooth. You can also use the immersion hand blender to mash the berries. Set the mashed berried aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring oats, coconut, and milk to a boil while stirring frequently. Stir in maple syrup and chia seeds. Cook for at least 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Transfer the oatmeal into a bowl. To serve, decorate your oatmeal with mashed berries in desired pattern. Top with peanut butter, mandarin wedges, blueberries and fresh mint leaves.

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