Tropical Oatmeal Yogurt

One of the very, very few negatives of our new house is that we live too close to the new school to be on the bus route. Unfortunately, we’re also just a little bit too far away for the kids to walk to school, at least until the younger ones are a little bit older. So, that means I’ll be driving them to school every morning. That scares me!

First of all, even after a year of public schooling, I’m still fighting with myself to get out of the homeschool morning routine that meant easy mornings with big breakfasts. We’ve quickly fallen back into that beloved routine this summer.

Secondly, within a few weeks of school starting, we’re going to have a newborn in the house. A newborn who will also need to be bundled and loaded into the car along with the rest of us to drive the three oldest kids to school. So…we’ll all have to get dressed, brushed, cleaned and fed with clock work precision while every ounce of my being is begging to sit with a cup of coffee and sleepy-headed children lingering over breakfast. If I’m honest, just the thought of this entire process is terrifying!

I’m already trying to plan out lots of super quick breakfasts that can be made ahead of time. I have quite a few in my arsenal already, but as far as I’m concerned, there can never be too many options! When I came across this idea in an old family church cookbook, I couldn’t wait to try it out. A little tweaking and it was perfect!

What I love most about this Tropical Oatmeal Yogurt is that it lasts in the fridge for about 3-4 days, so it’s perfect to have on hand and just dish out for everyone. It’s as easy as pouring a bowl of cold cereal. But it is so much healthier! Plus, I normally don’t enjoy oatmeal like the rest of the family does, but this is one bowl of oatmeal I can actually sit down and eat happily.

Tropical Oatmeal Yogurt

  • 1 32 oz. container plain yogurt
  • 2 c. oats, old-fashioned or quick cooking
  • 1 20 oz. can pineapple tidbits or chunks
  • 3 T. honey
  • 1 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans

1. Pour all ingredients into a large bowl and stir until completely combined. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To serve, scoop into a bowl and garnish with fresh fruit of choice. Or, layer with fresh fruit in parfait glasses.

We love this as is, but I think you could definitely play around with the method to suit your tastes. Don’t like coconut or pecans? Just leave them out! Add some brown sugar. Toast the oats before combining all the ingredients. So many options!

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7 thoughts on “Tropical Oatmeal Yogurt

  1. Perfect! We eat a lot of oatmeal. Everyone likes it, but I can’t stand oatmeal. This, however, is something I would love and I love how easy it is to prepare. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Sounds like you need to find another momma close by that you can start a carpool with!!! My baby starts school this year and I will be driving her everyday since there isn’t a bus for preK! And I will have a 2 y/o old and newborn in tow! Ahh!! Stressful!

  3. I love oatmeal and this sounds like a great breakfast for those crazy mornings. We seem to have a lot of them in our house with a 2 month old and 2 1/2 year old to get up and out of the house. Good luck with your routine once school starts.

  4. This is really interesting to me. I’m guessing the oatmeal softens up in the yogurt as it sits. I think I would like this, and its very healthy.

  5. If you’re looking for another quick option that can be prepared ahead of time, you could make Baked Oatmeal ahead and leave it in the fridge, and pull it out and heat it up real fast in the morning (a little milk, and it is sooo good!). You could also do the same with any breakfast casserole, or quiches, you know muffins always works, and oatmeal bars etc. But you could also make “hot-pocket” style breakfast sandwiches… (these are just a few suggestions that I think might work for you). Oh, and congratulations on the upcoming baby! (I didn’t know you were expecting– may the Lord bless you with an easy transition!)

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