Oh hey, I'm here with yet another oatmeal recipe. What else is new, right? I just can't help it, you guys. Oatmeal is what I eat almost every single day so I can't help but create more and more new recipes. I love this Pineapple Vanilla Oatmeal! I wanted to call it "Pina Colada Oats" at first but that just didn't seem right so I decided on Pineapple Vanilla Oatmeal instead which perfectly describes this bowl of creaminess. There are basically no other hidden ingredients, it's just oats, pineapple, vanilla powder, and some almond milk.
I love using vanilla powder! It's literally ground vanilla beans and it's the best way to add vanilla flavor to your cooking. I don't really use vanilla extract because it can contain sugar and other unnecessary ingredients I'd rather avoid. Vanilla powder can get pricey but it's so amazing that it's just worth the extra money. Besides, it's much stronger than regular vanilla extract (as it's real pure vanilla) so you need much less of it so it lasts you longer. I can actually say I use vanilla powder almost every single day (as I do cacao powder but shhh) whether it's in oatmeal, baking, or smoothies, it's just too good not to!
It's kind of funny because I never really liked any vanilla flavored food as a kid. It wasn't until I tried the real deal that I fell in love with vanilla. Fun fact: the "vanilla flavor" in store bought products isn't actually vanilla at all, it's vanillin aka Phenolic aldehyde (YUM!! not). it can either be made "naturally" or synthetically which is a much cheaper way of doing it and that's what I suppose most brands with very cheap snacks and desserts choose. Eat the real thing, not a chemical compound.
Fun fact: the "vanilla flavor" in store bought products isn't actually vanilla at all (unless it specifically says "vanilla powder"), it's vanillin aka Phenolic aldehyde (YUM!! not). it can either be made "naturally" or synthetically which is a much cheaper way of doing it and that's what I suppose most brands with very cheap snacks and desserts choose. Eat the real thing, not a chemical compound.
I'm including a picture with my new favorite font aka the one I used for my logo because I just can't get enough of it. I'd like to get rid of the extremely long pins at the end of my posts in the future and replace them with a regular-sized picture with font (those long pins will still be there when you click the Pinterest button on the left side of the page but they won't be visible in the actual post). However, since those long pins are still the best performing pictures on Pinterest, I'm keeping them for now. :)
I think that's enough rambling for today so let's get cooking!
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla powder (or vanilla extract)
- ½ teaspoon coconut sugar or another sweetener (optional- for me, the pineapple makes it sweet enough)
- In a small pot, bring the milk to a boil, add the oats and cook for about 1é minutes until thick and creamy.
- Add the pineapple, vanilla, and coconut sugar (if using) and mix to combine. Cook for a few more minutes to thaw and heat up the pineapple if it was frozen.
- Serve topped with berries, nut butter, or any other toppings you like.
You could add the pineapple at the beginning of the cooking to make it softer if you're using fresh pineapple. I tend to always use frozen which I find soft enough by just thawing it.