If you like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain
If you’re not into yoga, if you have half a brain
Ok, I’ll admit it: I really like the song “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”. Even though I almost never drink alcohol and hate getting caught in the rain. Still, I like the song.
And this oatmeal.
Now I can’t get the Piña Colada song out of my head! I suppose some of the lyrics describe me. I’m not into yoga at all. I tried going to yoga classes last year and while I liked doing the actual movements, the whole meditation and mindfulness thing just wasn’t for me. Whenever we had ‘meditation time’, I’d end up thinking about what I was going to make for breakfast the next day. And that whole ‘connecting’ with your body parts – um, what? As I said, it just wasn’t for me.
Hmm, I’m not sure about the lyrics: if you have half a brain. Does that describe me?
Actually, maybe don’t answer that one. 😛
In case you were wondering, yes, I did attempt to make a palm tree using spinach and some pineapple on a popsicle stick. And yes, that was 100% necessary.
Fun Fact: My mother’s name is Pina (she’s Italian). It annoys her to no end when autocorrect changes her name to Piña. Oddly enough, she also hates Piña Coladas.
While I opted for rum extract, if you’d prefer, throw in a few tablespoons of actual rum (my guess is the alcohol will mostly ‘cook out’).
Also, feel free to use 1 cup of rolled oats or ½ cup of quick-cooking steel-cut oats (either store-bought or homemade) in place of the regular steel-cut oats.
So, do you like Piña Coladas?
- 1 cup coconut milk (carton)
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup steel-cut oats
- Pinch of salt
- 1 heaped cup chopped pineapple
- 2 teaspoons rum extract
- ½ teaspoon coconut extract
- 2 large handfuls of shredded coconut
- In a saucepan, bring the coconut milk and water to a boil, and then turn down the heat to medium-low. Add the steel-cut oats and salt, and stir well.
- Steel-cut oatmeal generally takes 20 - 30 minutes to cook. As it’s cooking, add more coconut milk if it looks as though the oatmeal is drying out.
- Once the oatmeal has started to thicken (after about 10 - 15 minutes), stir in the chopped pineapple. Add the rum and coconut extracts.
- When you are pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, divide it between two bowls. Top each oatmeal with a generous handful of shredded coconut. Enjoy!
I always use coconut milk from the carton, not the can.
If you don't have any coconut extract, use vanilla extract instead (or just leave it out).