Strawberry Kiwi Oatmeal

I don’t remember much from elementary school—especially anything of importance. However, I easily recall the Ocean Spray vending machine outside the cafeteria. At a certain point in the day (after afternoon recess, I think?), we were allowed to walk by ourselves to the vending machine and put in 50 cents to get a can of Ocean Spray juice.

There were the standard options, like orange, apple, and grape, but my favorite was strawberry kiwi. Now, I shudder at the thought of all this juice and its effect on my beautiful teeth, but I definitely enjoyed it back then.

In honor of all my cavities, I created a much healthier replication of this sugary juice. My porridge contains no added sugar and is less than five ingredients—winner!

Strawberry Kiwi Oatmeal
Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you’ll need:

1 cup milk of choice, or water
1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
2-3 kiwifruit, peeled
5 or more fresh strawberries, hulled
pinch of salt
How to make it:

Add milk (I use 1/2 c original almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a saucepan, bring to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium.
Mash kiwi with a fork until relatively smooth (chunks are okay). Alternatively, you could puree in a blender. Add to oatmeal and stir.
Take two of your strawberries and dice into small chunks. Once more of the liquid in the oatmeal has absorbed, add diced strawberries and salt. Stir.
When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add another splash of milk, remaining strawberries (I quartered mine), and any other additional toppings (more kiwi, sliced almonds, shredded coconut, etc.).