At my house, weekday mornings start early and are rushed, so breakfasts involve something quick and, normally, a bit boring: cereal, instant oatmeal, frozen waffles, omelets…
Weekend mornings are a totally different story. Weekend mornings involve sleeping in at least until the sun has risen. Weekend mornings involve waking up to delicious smells (well, everyone else wakes up this way – I’m normally the one preparing the aromatic meal) and a hot cup of coffee.
Weekend mornings often involve eating something hearty, sweet, delicious, and refreshing. That’s exactly why I chose to make this delightful Sunny Pineapple Oatmeal last weekend. It’s a very simple breakfast meal that can be made with little effort but has an amazing salty sweet taste. It has a combination of textures: soft, cooked oatmeal; crunchy sunflower seeds; juicy pineapple chunks.
I used to not think of oatmeal as an enjoyable weekend-worthy breakfast, but after discovering that there are so many amazing oatmeal recipes out there, I’ve changed my mind. If you’re not sure about whether or not to change yours too, make this recipe. If you have time, you can even brighten your weekday with it.
- 1 cup milk or water (or half a cup of each)
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup diced pineapple, fresh, canned, or frozen
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- handful of sunflower seeds
- 1-2 tbsp sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) (optional)
- 1. Boil the water or milk in a small pan. Reduce to medium heat, then add the oats and pineapple. Let simmer until no longer watery (depending on what type of oats you used, this could take anywhere from 3-15 minutes—don’t add more milk or more oats).
- 2. Once most of the water has been absorbed, add vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Serve in a bowl, then add sunbutter, sunflower seeds, and, if desired, extra pineapple.
Want more delicious breakfast recipes? Try this Baked Apple Pie Oatmeal
My favorite Whole Wheat Pancakes recipe (made with oats)
Or this amazingly easy and delicious French Toast!