Coconut oatmeal is a true power food packed with health benefits. It’s a great source of energy to start your day off the right way!
Oatmeal is rich in fiber and protein and has a very low glycemic index, which makes it also suitable for diabetics.
It contains valuable minerals such as selenium, zinc, copper and thiamin (vitamin B1) which are great for your skin. This helps balance the skin’s pH and protect it.
The fiber beta-glucan boosts your immune system, is great for your heart and helps support weight loss. Calcium and potassium are also very important minerals for healthy bones, teeth, heart and more.
Besides being very healthy, oatmeal can also be very tasty and fulfilling. You can prepare it with different kinds of fruit, nut milks, seeds, nuts and spices to give it more flavor like in this recipe for coconut tropical fruit oatmeal.
Oats are gluten free by nature, but are often processed in factories where gluten is processed too. If this can be an issue for you, look for brands that sell gluten free oatmeal.
I use rolled oats and let them soak overnight, as this makes them more digestible. Besides that, you also get the maximum nutritious benefit from soaking the oats. Some people say they find soaked oats to be more filling.
To soak use 1 cup of room temperature purified water with 1 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice for 1 cup of oats.
The lemon juice helps to release the minerals and aids digestion.
Let it soak for a minimum of 7 hours.
For this coconut tropical fruit oatmeal recipe I soak the oats overnight in water and coconut milk. (1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of coconut milk per 1 cup of oats)
I then cook the oats in coconut milk (1/2 cup coconut milk per 1 cup of oats)
Add unsweetened shredded coconut and banana and cook on low fire for a few minutes while stirring.
Pour the warm porridge in a bowl, add a pinch of sea salt, cinnamon and some sweetener of choice.
Serve with freshly sliced fruit – I used banana, pineapple and papaya, but pretty much any fruit goes!
Also try this creamy coconut mango porridge.