For the past week and a half I have finally been able to wear shorts again in the mornings when I go running. Yeah I know, whoop-de-do, but for me this is pretty exciting! I’ve missed all my running shorts, it feels like it’s been ages since I’ve put them on. Since it’s been a while all the other people out running, or walking, or driving in their cars will just have to put on their sunglasses to protect their eyes from my pasty legs. Running in summer running clothes is so much easier than winter running clothes. You don’t have to worry about layering and getting too hot or not having enough layers on, I don’t have to wear gloves to keep my fingers from going numb, and I don’t have to wear ear warmers or a beanie (I kind of look like a dork in them). Nope, summer running is all about shorts, tank tops, and getting some color back in my skin, I love it! You know what else I love, this Tropical Oatmeal!
While it’s definitely getting warmer around here, I still enjoy a warm breakfast occasionally after my run.
Oatmeal is such a satisfying breakfast after putting in some long, hard, hilly miles. It’s filling and satisfies my carb craving. To make this oatmeal more spring/summer appropriate I put a tropical twist on it.
I added one of my favorite fruits, mangos as well as pineapple, and a little bit of coconut. I sautéed the fruit in a touch of butter along with a little brown sugar so it would caramelize. If you have never caramelized fruit, you must! It tastes absolutely amazing!
Since this is Tropical Oatmeal I cooked my oats in coconut milk along with a little cinnamon. When the oats were cooked I added in a 1/4 teaspoon of coconut extract to really bring that tropical flavor home. I then added half the fruit to the oatmeal along with the shredded coconut and stirred it together. I split the oatmeal into two bowls and then topped it with the rest of the caramelized fruit. You guys, this Tropical Oatmeal is divine! It tastes like dessert yet it’s healthy enough for breakfast, and who doesn’t love a breakfast that tastes like dessert?! So as you start to transition to shorts and tank tops, but still crave something warm for breakfast, give this Tropical Oatmeal a try!