Mango Oatmeal

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Mango Oatmeal

Warning! This blog post is overloaded with love. Please, sensitive people should immediately stop reading it since it may affect them. People resistant to all this cheesy stuff may proceed.

All right, are you ready? Let’s this party started.

Mango Oatmeal

I adore mangoes! Succulent and mellow, with such an incredible flavor, they are one of the most favorite fruits. I do love everything mango, and I’ve been adding them in our food a lot since we got to Canada (I did that before too, but it was quite an issue to find a decent mango). I  cannot remember all the examples, but there are a few to prove my love – mango ice cream and sorbet, lemonade, salads, and some other scrumptious food. I’ve got some interesting memories. Being a child, and living in a small provincial USSR city, we had a tremendous deficiency of products. There weren’t any orange juice or the variety of yogurts (the word yogurt didn’t exist up to the 1990th indeed), and most of the other fruit (green bananas 2-3 times per year!). Obviously, we didn’t have any fresh mangoes, but surprisingly mango juice in the large (2 liters? 3?) cans was being occasionally sold. I don’t think I tried it more than 3-5 times before it finally disappeared until the mid of the 1990th, but I’ve got that love since I was a boy – such an exception in my life! As the matter of fact, it’s still one of the greatest mysteries of USSR history. Why mango juice? Why?

I’ve been passionate about oats, especially for the last few years. I’ve always loved to eat a bowl of hearty oatmeal; however, last year I came to realize I had been eating the same oatmeal over and over for years. Boring! Now everything has changed, and I do have a simple oatmeal just once in a while when I get sick and tired of all this sophisticated stuff:)

Mango Oatmeal

Thus, two my favorite foods had to meet each other, sooner or later. That happened to them last year when the first time ever I incorporated slices of fresh mango and some cashews. It was quite a lovely combo! By the way, cashew is another thing I worship adore. I love them for their unique creamy and sweet aftertaste. In fact, they are very treacherous nuts to me – I can easily eat a cup or two at once. That’s why we’re trying not to have large Costco jars now.

So, this time I was going to repeat an oatmeal bowl topped with mangoes, but as that usually happens to me, all of a sudden I ended up to having totally changed this idea. Since I had an opened can of mango puree, I thought why not. Well, I’ve got to admit, sometimes I have just awesome ideas:) This oatmeal turned out to be amazing – so delicious, juicy, and with the distinctive mango flavor. And yes, so yellow!

Since the puree is quite sweet, no sugar needed. Indeed, it may be the way too sweet to you so you will probably love to balance it out adjusting the amount of juice/water.

I loved this version that much that I’ve already made it twice. The first time I topped oatmeal with the fresh mango and cashews and the next time with coconut. By the way, I love coconut as well, but I won’t be spending time talking about coconut cause who doesn’t love it?!

Combined with fresh mangoes, cashews or/and coconut, it’s just ambrosial oatmeal – the perfect breakfast/brunch meal!

Mango Oatmeal

Okay, enough about this oatmeal. Shall I announce one horrible news? Yesterday, I officially got one year older. Just kidding though – I’m fine with that. Actually, as soon as I turned 25 (which happened a few centuries ago) and up to 30 all my birthdays were marked with a cranky and almost depressive mood. I thought I would never enjoy my birthdays anymore. Surprisingly, I was mistaken. For the last few years, practically since we have been living in Canada, I don’t have that depressive attitude (okay maybe a bit grouchy but that’s me!), and that’s so lovely.

Yesterday, as usual, we got a nice 5 hours walk in Toronto and saw some places we hadn’t seen before! It was such a beautiful day! 30 degrees C.! Honestly I don’t remember ever having such a sweltering great day for all my 30 and something years. Yup, it’s official too – summer has finally arrived!










4 thoughts on “Mango Oatmeal

  1. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    Happy belated birthday! This was such a wonderfully written post, I really enjoyed reading it. Indians are known for loving mangoes so I’ve been eating them since I was a little kid, definitely one of my favorite fruits. I recently put mango puree on a coconut rice pudding, can’t wait to try it on oatmeal!

    • havocinthekitchen says:

      Thanks, Sonali for congrats and your sweet words about this post! My next oatmeal combo by the way is going to be with mango puree and coconut milk. I just feel it will be divine! I’ve never made a rice pudding but have been planing to do that for a long time. I guess if I browse your blog, I will find a lovely recipe:)

  2. spicedblog says:

    Mmmm…oatmeal! This is a great post, Ben. I had no idea that you have roots in the USSR…and I had no idea that fresh fruit was so hard to come by over there when you were a kid. Although I must admit that I am still chuckling that you called the presence of mango juice one of the greatest mysteries of USSR history! Is that in textbooks? Because it needs to be. I can see it being one of those little side columns in the chapter on 1980’s Russian history. :-) My wife loves mangoes, but they’re still a relatively new addiction for me. I’ll need to give this oatmeal a shot asap!

    • havocinthekitchen says:

      Thanks, David! Not only do I have roots in the USSR, but I lived in that country and then Russia for most of my life. I can easily start almost any post with that kind of memories – what kind of food I hadn’t had almost up to recently! :)

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