Sometimes you simply need the quick comfort a bowl of piping hot oatmeal can provide. This blueberry and coconut oatmeal is a great flavor duo and a perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.
This week was a tough one! My house was plagued with illness and we also worked to transition our two foster girls back to relatives of theirs. Although my husband and I keep taking on short-term placements, its still difficult to say goodbye and help the kids, our boys included, go through the emotions instability creates. Even if I were healthy it would have been difficult. But throw in the weird super-bug stomach/upper respiratory mess I had and it was just a recipe for a terrible, no-good sort of week.
When I’m ill, there are few foods that actually sound good. I typically find myself craving either crackers or hot comfort foods like soup or, in the mornings, oatmeal.
Since oats are shelf-stable, they also tend to be readily available no matter when I need them. I can’t say the same thing about soup. Probably because we usually make our own and gobble it all up before leftovers even become an option. But oats – they are an affordable, pantry-staple.
And speaking of staples, frozen blueberries are another indispensable ingredient around here. Especially during the winter when prices on fresh fruits, like blueberries, tend to skyrocket here in Michigan.
Not only can frozen fruits be stored longer than fresh varieties, but they continue to provide the same essential nutrients as their fresh counterparts do. In fact, some flash frozen fruits may even retain more of their nutrients than fresh varieties do. Kind of crazy, but good to know.
Related: Frozen Fruit Myths… Debunked!
In a pinch, having staples like oats and frozen fruit on hand make it easy to whip up a bowl of oatmeal any time… even when your sick like me! Of course, you don’t have to wait until those moments to enjoy your favorite oatmeal mix.
In fact, you may like oatmeal so much that it becomes your go-to meal for months to come. Honestly, there are so many different add-ins for oatmeal to consider that coming up with new ideas shouldn’t be a problem and your tastebuds should never get bored.
If your an oatmeal novice, you may enjoy this read from Bon Appetit on how to not ruin oatmeal. Or this great oatmeal 101 post from Gatheredtable. Both are great reads for taking your oatmeal to the next level.
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup wild blueberries, frozen
- A splash of milk
- A drizzle of honey, if desired
- In a medium saucepan, boil water.
- Add oats, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Reduce heat to a simmer and heat through for 5 minutes or until water is mostly soaked up.
- Remove from heat. Add a splash of milk and stir in blueberries. Top with coconut flakes and drizzle with honey if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
I love this recipe because its quick and super simple. It also has nourishing ingredients that are sure to keep you feeling full and satisfied after enjoying a warm, comforting bowl.
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