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Overnight Oats With Coconut Milk

Overnight oats with coconut milk are a nutritious and convenient breakfast option. Rolled oats soak up creamy coconut milk, resulting in a flavorful and filling breakfast that’s ready for you when you wake up; customize the oats with a variety of toppings like fruit, nuts, seeds, and sweeteners for a delicious and satisfying start to your day.

Three containers of overnight oats with coconut milk topped with fresh blueberries.

Benefits of Coconut Milk

Coconut milk comes from the flesh of mature brown coconuts, and they are a tasty non-dairy alternative (especially in overnight oats). Coconut milk is also a source of healthy fat and helps reduce inflammation and fight viruses and bacteria.

What You Need to Make this Recipe

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  • Oatmeal: Old-fashioned oats produce the best results, whereas steel-cut oats wind up chewy since they don’t absorb the liquid properly, and quick oats turn out mushy.
  • Chia Seeds: In addition to texture, chia seeds provide protein, fiber, and healthy fat.
  • Coconut Flakes: Boost coconut flavor by adding coconut flakes.
  • Coconut Milk: You can use coconut milk, water, or another milk, like oat, soy, or almond milk.
  • Sweetener: Sweeten the overnight oats with coconut milk using vanilla extract and maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar.
  • Toppings: The toppings are optional, but I enjoy adding more coconut flakes and a drizzle of honey.

How to Make Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Divide oats into two containers.

Oats divided into containers.

Step 2: Top them with chia seeds and coconut flakes.

Chia seeds and coconut flakes added to oats in containers.

Step 3: Pour coconut milk, vanilla extract, and honey over the oats.

Coconut Milk and maple syrup added to the overnight oat containers.

Step 4: Stir to combine. Then, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Coconut Milk Overnight Oats ready to be refrigerated.

Expert Tips

For the best overnight oats with coconut milk, follow these helpful tips.

  • Store overnight oats in a jar with room to spare since the oatmeal expands as it rehydrates, and so will any mix-ins you add.
  • I find a 1:1 ratio of one part old-fashioned oats and one part milk the best unless you add chia seeds. Use less liquid if you want thicker oatmeal and more if you like it runny.
  • Despite the name overnight oats, they only need to soak for 2-3 hours before you can enjoy them. However, the longer you soak the oats, the softer they will become.
  • Give the mixture a good stir before adding toppings and digging in. If the oats seem dry after sitting in the fridge, add another splash of milk.

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Serving Suggestions

The best thing about overnight oats with coconut milk is flexibility. All you need is oats, coconut milk, and toppings or mix-ins. Here are a few suggestions we love.

  • Chocolate Chips, Cocoa Nibs, Cocoa Powder
  •  Chocolate or Vanilla Protein Powder
  •  Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds
  •  Agave, Maple Syrup, Monk Fruit, Fig Jam Recipe
  •  Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese
  •  Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Peanut Butter, Nutella, Cookie Butter

How Long do Overnight Oats Last?

  • Refrigerate  Most overnight oat recipes keep for three days in the refrigerator. If the oats seem dry after sitting in the fridge, add another splash of almond milk.

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Overnight Oats With Coconut Milk

Tressa Jamil
Enjoy overnight oats with coconut milk! The rolled oats soak up the coconut milk, resulting in a tasty and filling breakfast that's ready in the morning.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Soaking Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 231 kcal
Equipment
  • Mug
  • 2 Airtight Container
Ingredients
  
  • cup rolled oats gluten-free, divided
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds divided
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes. unsweetened, divided
  • ½ cup coconut milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
Instructions
 
  • Divide oats into two containers and top them with chia seeds and coconut flakes
  • Pour coconut milk, vanilla extract, and honey over the oats; stir to combine. Then, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Notes
Expert Tips:
  • Store overnight oats in a jar with room to spare since the oatmeal expands as it rehydrates, and so will any mix-ins you add.
  • I find a 1:1 ratio of one part old-fashioned oats and one part milk the best unless you add chia seeds. Use less liquid if you want thicker oatmeal and more if you like it runny.
  • Despite the name overnight oats, they only need to soak for 2-3 hours before you can enjoy them. However, the longer you soak the oats, the softer they will become.
  • Give the mixture a good stir before adding toppings and digging in. If the oats seem dry after sitting in the fridge, add another splash of milk.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 231 kcal | Carbohydrates: 35 g | Protein: 4 g | Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 15 mg | Potassium: 166 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 11 g | Calcium: 27 mg | Iron: 4 mg
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Recipe Rating




Mia Johnson

Friday 26th of May 2023

This is healthy breakfast bliss. I love the creamy texture and changing out the toppings.

Tressa Jamil

Friday 26th of May 2023

I know right! That's one of the main things I love about overnight oats is that no matter the recipe, you can modify it and make it your own.

Ethan Thompson

Friday 26th of May 2023

Overnight oats with coconut milk are a game-changer! Fueling my fitness goals.

Tressa Jamil

Friday 26th of May 2023

I am so happy to hear that. In fact, I started making overnight oat recipes for my husband who is a runner and needed something more substantial to carry him through his workouts. If you like this recipe, definitely check out our Protein Overnight Oats. My husband loves it as a post-workout snack and it's easily customizable.

Benjamin Lee

Friday 26th of May 2023

Delicious and energizing! My go-to breakfast for busy mornings.

Tressa Jamil

Friday 26th of May 2023

I am happy to hear this recipe has made it into your morning routine.