A hearty three ingredient make ahead breakfast you’ll look forward to! Like my Overnight Oats with Peanut Butter, these no cook Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk are creamy and so satisfying. I’m sharing five ways to customize these coconut milk overnight oats! This recipe is vegetarian, vegan and easily gluten free. Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Bob’s Red Mill.
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Easy and Delicious: Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk
Have you tried overnight oats? When I discovered them years ago, I couldn’t believe what I’d been missing. They check all the boxes for flavor, they’re meal prep easy, hearty and make for a healthy breakfast! Here’s why you’ll love Coconut Milk Overnight Oats:
- Super Easy to Pull Together
- Time Saver Breakfast
With so many ways to enjoy overnight oats, there’s a flavor profile everyone will love!
Ingredients for Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk
Keeping these ingredients on hand in the pantry means an easy breakfast isn’t too far away. Here’s what you’ll need to whip up a batch of overnight oats (see recipe card for details):
- Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- Light Coconut Milk – unsweetened
- Maple Syrup
- Pinch of Salt (optional)
I use light coconut milk for this recipe. Although delicious, full fat coconut milk renders the overnight oats too thick (mortar-like after the refrigerator soak), unless diluted – more on that in a bit. Look for the canned variety of coconut milk rather than cartons. Canned has fewer ingredients than cartons and you can recycle the can.
High Quality Pantry Staples
Choosing high quality ingredients is important for flavor and health. It’s a reflection of the love and attention that goes into the recipes I create. I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats in this and many other recipes including breakfast, sweet and savory recipes too.
Find Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats in my Cinnamon Apple Crisp Bars, Peanut Butter Overnight Oats, BBQ Chickpea Burgers (I know!), as oat flour in this Healthy Zucchini Bread and much more. Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats are perfect for everyday and something you’ll always find in my pantry.
How to Make Coconut Milk Overnight Oats
For this recipe, I’ve included one and four servings, but if needed you can scale up further. A four serving batch is so convenient to portion into individual jars and have them on hand for a portable kind of breakfast when needed! Here’s how to make overnight oats (see recipe card for details):
- First, in a small bowl or 8 ounce container add the oats.
- Second, pour the coconut milk over the oats.
- Next, add the maple syrup and pinch of salt if using.
- Last, stir and lid the container. Refrigerate overnight, about 12 hours.
The next morning, stir and add your toppings. This way the nuts won’t get soggy and your fruit will stay fresh.
Tasty Toppings for Overnight Oats
Overnight oats act as a blank canvas for a variety of toppings and flavor profiles. From seasonal fruits, to berries, nut butters, nuts and seeds. Yogurt is a tasty addition too!
Here are some ideas:
- Hummingbird Overnight Oats – these toppings mirror my favorite cake. Top with pineapple, crushed or chunks, unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped pecans and a dusting of cinnamon.
- Almond Butter & Banana – this is one I make most often. Top with sliced banana coins, almond or peanut butter, a dusting of cinnamon and a sprinkle of chia seeds.
- Berrylicious with Yogurt – I love the tanginess of yogurt in overnight oats. Top with a swirl of yogurt, seasonal berries like strawberries and/or blueberries, a dusting of cinnamon and if desired, chia or hemp seeds.
- Almond Joy – a classic pairing for good reason! Top with almond butter or chopped/sliced almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes and mini chocolate chips or coca nibs.
- Mango & Coconut – a morning trip to the tropics! Stir in 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, top with mango chunks, unsweetened coconut and chopped macadamia nuts.
Variations on Coconut Overnight Oats
If full fat coconut milk is what you have on hand, simply mix half coconut milk with half of your favorite other milk like Homemade Cashew Milk, almond milk, dairy milk or even oat milk. This will render the full fat coconut milk a little thinner and allow the oats to soften throughly.
Gluten Free? Look for Bob’s Red Mill Organic Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats to use in this recipe. It’s an easy swap!
A Touch of Vanilla: vanilla extract is a tasty addition to these overnight oats with coconut milk. Just a 1/4 teaspoon for a single serve, or 3/4 – 1 teaspoon for four servings.
For Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk and Yogurt simply replace half the coconut milk with yogurt of choice. Or you can top the oats with a dollop of your favorite yogurt after soaking overnight.
A Few Recipe Tips
- Types of Oats: for overnight oats, rolled oats provide the best texture and creamy consistency. Instant oats have very little texture and steel cut oats are a bit too dense and chewy for overnight oats.
- Warm or Chilled: enjoy overnight oats gently warmed stovetop or microwave, at room temperature or chilled, my favorite!
- Toppings: with exception to peanut butter or almond butter and yogurt, save the toppings for the morning. That way they’ll be fresh, crunchy and not turn mushy.
- Storage Containers: portion single serves in 8 ounce Mason or Weck jars for ultimate convenience!
More Recipes with Rolled Oats
- Creamy Oatmeal
- Banana Pecan Oat Waffles
- Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins
- Chia Turmeric Overnight Oats
Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk Recipe
For One Serving
- 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (40 grams) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats I use Bob's Red Mill, gluten free if needed
- 1/2 cup (115 grams) Light Coconut Milk
- 1 teaspoon Maple Syrup adjust to taste
- Pinch of Salt optional
For Four Servings
- 1 3/4 cups (160 grams) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats I use Bob's Red Mill, gluten free if needed
- 2 cups (455 grams) Light Coconut Milk
- 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup adjust to taste
- 2 Pinches of Salt optional
- In an 8 ounce Mason jar or medium mixing bowl, add the oats. Stir in the coconut milk, maple syrup and salt if using.
- Cover the oats and set in the refrigerator overnight, for at least 12 hours.
- Remove from the fridge, stir and adjust sweetness to taste. You can add a splash more of milk to adjust the consistency if desired.Enjoy chilled, at room temperature or gently warmed in the microwave or stove top. Add toppings of choice (ideas in the blog post above).
- Leftovers may be stored in the fridge for up to three days.