This recipe is fast, easy, and will easily be the best "oatmeal" you've ever had. In fact, it's so good that I couldn't possibly call it "oatmeal" as the name could never convey its yumminess. It's as much fruit as it is oats and has no added sugar - not even honey or maple syrup - all this natural sweetness comes from the fruits and spices. A hint of cardamom takes the fruity flavors to a whole new level while ginger and cinnamon add an exotic warmth. Coconut oil and nuts add staying power to this meal and help stabilize blood sugar along with the rolled oats. And of course, this meal is packed with fiber.
I have made this meal many times in my life and have seen many people "wowed" by it and so I've been wanting to write this recipe for a while now to get that exact right mix of fruit and spices to repeat in the future, rather than play my old, familiar guessing game. That being said, it's still a very flexible meal. Choose your own mix of dried fruit, pecans or walnuts, banana or dates. Use what you have on hand... you could even use cherries, apricot, or sunflower seeds and it would still be delicious. I even used roasted, salted pecans (by accident) and it was amazing. Get that spice blend right though.
Tutti Frutti Breakfast Porridge Recipe
(6-8 servings, 15 minutes)
4 cups water
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup total dried fruit (ie. 1/3 c raisins, 1/3 c diced prunes, and 1/3 c cranberries)
1 apple, cut into a small dice
1 banana cut into thin slices or 6 deglet dates cut into a small dice
1.5 cups rolled oats
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/3 cup coconut oil (optional)
nut milk to garnish
Add water and salt into a large pot and warm over low heat while you prepare and add all of the other ingredients.
Once all ingredients have been added, bring the pot to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for about 10 minutes, until all the water has been absorbed.
Garnish with a splash of nut milk and a sprinkle of spices and serve.