Goji Banana Mango Oats is my recipe tribute to National Cereal Day, Nutrition Stripped style. Leave the processed cereals on the shelves and lets praise real “cereals” like oatmeal. This recipe is full of nourishing and fiber rich fruits such as mango, banana, and goji berries. Oatmeal is one of my absolute favorite grains to use as it’s so versatile to add into your diet; hot or cold cereal, cookies, pancakes, pie crusts, protein bars or “globes”, breads, crackers, granola, etc. (all home-made of course)!
This is one of my favorite go-to recipes for a quick and refueling breakfast especially after a hard workout, since it’s full of carbohydrates (both simple and complex) to refuel and help repair those muscles, grrr. You can tweak the recipe to make it a little more low-carb friendly by simply taking out or decreasing the amount of fruit, but I strongly suggest you try this one out first, it’s delicious! It reminds me of the tropics with the sweet flavors from the banana and refreshing mango, the slight tartness and chewiness from the goji berries, mixed with classic warm vanilla and cinnamon; it truly is the perfect flavor and texture combination to start the day (especially when your surroundings are not quite feelin’ like the tropics).
Nutrient breakdown of GOJI BANANA MANGO OATS |
- Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties (especially from the cinnamon)
- Healthy fats (from the pumpkin seeds and coconut, which are optional toppings)
- Vitamin A, B1, B6, C, D (from the almond milk)
- All essential amino acids (especially from the little red guys- Goji’s!)
- ½ cup dry organic (gluten-free) oatmeal
- ½-1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (depends on how thick/thin you like it)
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup of organic mango (may use frozen if not in season)
- ¼ cup of goji berries
- large dash of cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. of organic vanilla extract
- Additional Toppings:
- Sprinkle of pumpkin seeds (or any nut/seed you enjoy)
- Sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut
- *Can make this hot or cold!
- Cold Version:
- Soak oatmeal overnight in the almond milk (I keep this bowl in the refrigerator).
- Blend or mash the banana until creamy and add into the oatmeal (creates a nice creamy texture).
- Simply add remaining ingredients at the time you wish to eat and enjoy!
- Hot Version:
- Soak the oatmeal overnight in the almond milk.
- Blend or mash the banana until creamy and add into oatmeal.
- Pour into a small saucepan and lightly heat until a small simmer.
- Add in remaining ingredients.
- Let the mixture heat through (about 5-10 minutes on medium-low heat).
- Serve in a bowl.
- Add on the additional toppings and enjoy!
What is your favorite breakfast “cereal”? What about your favorite way to make oatmeal? Comment below, I’d love to hear your recipes!
Happy cereal-spoonin’ day,