Apple-Nana Walnut Oatmeal

I am going to share with you a recipe for healthy, hearty oatmeal to get your day off to a great start. But first, in the spirit of blogging, I will bore you with a totally unrelated description of the trip I took yesterday. If you are running late and need to make breakfast immediately, by all means go ahead and skip to the recipe. But if you have time to kill, here is a typical blog post on a food blog with about 1/2 to 3/4 of the page having nothing to do with food. I promise the Battleship Iowa is much more interesting than a bowl of oatmeal anyway.

That’s right, my family and I went to see the Battleship Iowa yesterday. It was a battleship during World War II. One of its missions was to take President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to meet with Stalin. The battleship was recently turned into a museum in San Pedro. Here’s what it looks like from the parking lot:

battleship iowa from the parking lot

It kind of looks like the ship itself is in the parking lot, taking up about 50 spaces!

We climbed aboard the ship and explored all the decks. There were helpful little arrows on the floor telling us where to go, so everyone moved in an orderly fashion and we got to see everything. There were also guides who knew a lot about the ship. Some of them ha actually participated in the World War II effort.

The inside of the ship was a little claustrophobic. Look at these doors, they seem to go one forever:

doors inside battleship iowa

The outside of the ship was also kind of scary once we got to a certain level. We had to climb spindly-looking ladders to ascend to each new deck.

looking up at the battleship iowa

We saw plenty of fascinating stuff inside the ship. For example, here is the bed where President Franklin Roosevelt slept while on the Iowa:

president's quarters inside the battleship iowa

And here is a rubber ducky found in the presidential bathroom, which I guess I’m supposed to believe the president played with at bathtime? It even has a hat that says “USS Iowa” on it.

battleship iowa rubber ducky

Here is where the ship’s crew spent their free time. Though I doubt there was a flat screen T.V. in there back in the day.

living area in battleship iowa

The mess hall, where the crew must have had meals. (Gosh, those seats look even less comfortable than the ones at my school cafeteria!)

mess hall on battleship iowa

Below is a memorial dedicated to the crew members who died in a cannon explosion years ago:

battleship iowa memorial from explosion

And here are those infamous cannons, seen from above:

cannons on battleship iowa

Here is a sack of the gunpowder they would have loaded into each of the cannons before firing:

gun powder sack for cannons battleship iowa

The view from the battleship was splendid, too! The harbor was surprisingly clean.

view of harbor from battleship iowa

After we’d seen all there was to see on the battleship, we headed to a nearby souvenir shop and restaurant area for a late lunch. In the car on the way, my brother and I had a “camera fight” to try and get pictures of each other.

Here’s me:

camera fight on the way to lunch after battlehip iowa

I’m so happy because I just got the perfect shot of my brother:

camera fight in car after battleship iowa

We made it to the shopping area, and couldn’t find a single restaurant that looked good. They were all seafood, which is usually not kosher.

yet another seafood restaurant after battleship iowa

seafood restaurant after battleship iowa

more seafood after battleship iowa

I guess it is a harbor, but still! Can’t they possibly make any food that doesn’t involve crabs or lobsters?

We passed the “Crusty Crab.” I wonder who had the idea first – this place, or the creators of Spongebob?

crusty crab after battleship iowa

No one was too interested in Crabby Patties, so we moved on. Finally, we found the restaurant we’d been looking for: Ports O’ Call Waterfront Dining.

It had a lovely outdoor area:

outside restaurant after battleship iowa

Inside there was great decor:

wall decor at restaurant after battleship iowa

interior decoration at restaurant after seeing the battleship iowa

I loved these faces made of junk and what looks like driftwood. The one on the far right reminds me of Ferb from “Phineas and Ferb.”

driftwood faces in ports o' call after seeing the battleship iowa

Even though the interior decor was great, we were all ready for lunch. Some of us were feeling a little “winey.” Get it?

whine at restaurant after battleship iowa

We didn’t order any wine, but my brother did get a Root Beer. Here he is training to be a food blogger:

brother taking photo of root beer after battleship iowa

I took pictures of the food as well, even though I don’t normally review restaurants. I didn’t taste everyone’s food, only my veggie sandwich which was pretty good:

veggie sandwich after battleship iowa at restaurant

Everybody else agreed that the food was great. We plan to return to this restaurant if we ever go to the Battleship Iowa museum again. And we do want to return, once they add more to it.

hamburger at restaurant after battleship iowa

spaghetti at restaurant after seeing battleship iowa

soup after seeing battleship iowa

That was a fun trip. Though it was pretty hot over there, we got to see a fascinating World War II battleship and dine at a nice restaurant. So yesterday’s journey was a success.

Okay, I’m done with the totally-unrelated-to-food chattering about my family outing. I can’t find any smooth way to connect this to an oatmeal recipe. And I know you’re all hungry for breakfast. So let’s skip the smooth transition and jump into a bowl of nutritious, yummy banana apple oatmeal! Yay!!!

Apple-Nana Walnut Oatmeal

makes 1 serving

walnut apple oatmeal with banana


  • 1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill brand 5 grain rolled hot cereal
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbl organic raw agave syrup
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • about 1/2 -1/3 of a Gala or Pink Lady apple, diced
  • 1 tbl chopped walnuts


Place water in a pot on the stove. Turn heat to high and let water start to bubble. Add the oats, turn heat down to medium. Add the mashed banana, cinnamon, and agave syrup. Let cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat. Pour oats into serving bowl. Top with diced apple and chopped walnuts. Let cool for a minute or two, then enjoy!

apple walnut banana oatmeal

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One response

  1. I think you should go on more trips so we can see more travel blogs. What a great summary of everything you saw and learned!

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