Coconut Overnight Oats

BY : PUBLISHED : March 23rd, 2022 UPDATED: August 5th, 2022

Add these Coconut Overnight Oats to your daily breakfast routine and enjoy a simple, healthy, and creamy morning treat that will get you going throughout the day. Quickly put together this no-cook, fuss-free recipe in the evening and delight in a leisurely morning with a yummy breakfast waiting for you in the fridge! It also makes for a delicious grab-and-go breakfast on a hectic weekday or a revitalizing afternoon snack.

completed jar of coconut overnight oats with granola and fruit topping against a white background

Vegan Overnight Oats are one of the easiest and healthiest ways to make breakfast for your whole family. Made using only a handful of budget-friendly ingredients mixed together in a jar, it is undoubtedly on every busy mom’s go-to recipe list. This overnight oats recipe made with coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk is one of the simplest ways to create one. It has a sweet, refreshing taste with hints of vanilla goodness. One of the best things about its simplicity is that it lends itself to endless flavor combinations! We make it in bulk, get creative and try out new flavors each week!

Possible Flavor Variations

 It is delicious as is it but gives you room to explore using other flavors to make variations! Here are some that you might want to try!

  • Vegan Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats - Give this coconutty confection a chocolatey twist by adding cocoa powder to the mix! Who can say no to chocolate in the morning, right?
  • Tropical Overnight Oats - Add the flavors of summer by adding mango or melon puree to the mix and top it with watermelon, bananas, or pineapple slices.
  • Vegan Pumpkin Overnight Oats - It is brimming with amazing fall flavors and is ready in less than 10 minutes! Top it with fresh apples slices and candied rosemary walnuts for good measure!
  • Salted Caramel Overnight Oats - A blend of sweet and salty goodness made with peanut butter and a dash of salt. Serve it with a drizzling of caramel sauce on top, and you have a winning breakfast in no time!
  • Berry Overnight Oats - Add blueberry or strawberry puree for a berrylicious treat that your whole family will adore! Top it with vegan whipped cream and more berries for a dessert-like breakfast treat!

 Coconut Overnight Oats Ingredients

  • Old-fashioned oats - Also known as rolled oats, are flat and flakey and turn creamy and pudding-like when soaked overnight. They are excellent sources of essential vitamins and minerals and are rich in fiber and antioxidants.
  • Coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk - High in healthy fats, this will make your overnight oats thicker and creamier.
  • Shredded coconut - Not only does it add a nuttier flavor, it also gives the overnight oats more texture.
  • Vanilla extract - This delicate, aromatic flavoring pairs so well with coconut.
  • Maple syrup - To add sweetness to your morning oats! You can use agave or any sweetener of choice.
  • Plant-based milk - Unsweetened almond, oat, soy, and coconut milk would be great for this recipe. If you have sweetened vegan milk in your fridge, you can always use that and just omit or reduce the amount of maple syrup in this recipe.
  • Salt - Will further enhance the coconut and vanilla flavor without making the mixture salty.

How to Make it

Nothing can be simpler than making this delightful breakfast hack! Here’s how you do it:

  1. Mix. Using a sterile mason jar or airtight container, add all the ingredients and mix everything until well combined using a spoon. You can also place the lid on tightly and shake it up.
  2. Chill. Place the jar or container in the fridge and let it chill for 6 hours to overnight. In the morning, you can transfer the content in a bowl and add your desired toppings, or bring the jar with you and eat on the go!
completed jar of coconut overnight oats with granola and fruit topping against a white background

Tips when Making Coconut Overnight Oats

  • We love our overnight oats cold, but when you need something to warm you up on a chilly morning, feel free to heat it up first using a microwave. Just set to heat for a minute or two and add more plant-based milk when necessary.
  • To get the perfect creamy consistency, the rule of thumb is usually equal parts oats to liquid. Ensure that the mixture is well blended and the amount of liquid is enough for the oats to absorb. Otherwise, you will have dry, lumpy oats instead of creamy ones.
  • If you are after a high-protein breakfast, you can add your favorite protein powder to the mix or mix it with chia seeds.
  • We do not recommend using steel-cut oats and instant/quick oats because they do not absorb liquid as well.
  • If you are after saving more bucks, you can replace the dairy-free milk with the same amount of water or use half water and half plant-based milk instead. But keep the coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk for the best results.
  • Always sterilize your jars or containers before using them. You can do this by submerging them in hot water for a few minutes and letting them air dry. This should include the jar lids too.

Storing Notes

These Coconut Overnight Oats can be stored in the fridge in tightly sealed jars and containers for a week. That means you can make a big batch and get your whole week’s breakfast done in just one day for a few minutes only. Talk about working smarter! We recommend adding your toppings as you prepare them in the morning to prevent early spoilage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are old-fashioned oats safe to eat uncooked?

Yes, it is. As long as you soak it in liquid to make it easier for your body to digest and absorb all the nutrients, you do not need to cook it beforehand.

Can I eat oats every day?

Absolutely! Oats are loaded with nutrients and minerals that help with digestion, lower blood sugar levels, and reduce the risk of heart diseases when eaten every day.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Absolutely! Though oats are naturally free of gluten, they may be contaminated during manufacturing. So make sure that you only use gluten-free brands.

More Breakfast Recipes

And if you want more breakfast ideas, here are 36 Easy Vegan Breakfast Recipes!

Photos by Alfonso Revilla

completed jar of coconut overnight oats with granola and fruit topping against a white background

Coconut Overnight Oats

Stephanie Lundstrom
Add these Coconut Overnight Oats to your daily breakfast routine and enjoy a simple, healthy, and creamy morning treat that will get you going throughout the day. Quickly put together this no-cook, fuss-free recipe in the evening and delight in a leisurely morning with a yummy breakfast waiting for you in the fridge!
5 from 43 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Chill 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 350 kcal
METHOD No Cook
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pinches of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons of maple syrup or agave or sweetener of choice
  • 2 Tablespoons of shredded coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons of coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 ¼ cups of plant-based milk
  • 1 ¼ cups of old-fashioned oats

Instructions
 

  • Add all the ingredients to a mason jar or airtight container and shake it up.
  • Store in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 6 hours.

Notes

  • We love our overnight oats cold, but when you need something to warm you up on a chilly morning, feel free to heat it up first using a microwave. Just set to heat for a minute or two and add more plant-based milk when necessary.
  • To get the perfect creamy consistency, the rule of thumb is usually equal parts oats to liquid. Ensure that the mixture is well blended and the amount of liquid is enough for the oats to absorb. Otherwise, you will have dry, lumpy oats instead of creamy ones.
  • If you are after a high-protein breakfast, you can add your favorite protein powder to the mix or mix it with chia seeds.
  • We do not recommend using steel-cut oats and instant/quick oats because they do not absorb liquid as well.
  • If you are after saving more bucks, you can replace the dairy-free milk with the same amount of water or use half water and half plant-based milk instead. But keep the coconut cream or full-fat coconut milk for the best results.
  • Always sterilize your jars or containers before using them. You can do this by submerging them in hot water for a few minutes and letting them air dry. This should include the jar lids too.

Nutrition

Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 8gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 600mgPotassium: 304mgFiber: 7gSugar: 13gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 241mgIron: 3mg
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Comments

  1. Jay says

    I saw coconut and instantly fell in love!

    • Andrea White says

      Big fan of coconut also and this one is delicious!!

  2. Michelle Cehn says

    These are divine!!! Big fan of overnight oats in my house 🙂 Love to mix up the flavors!

    • Andrea White says

      Always a hit in the morning!

  3. Tina G says

    Such a delicious overnight oats recipe!

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! So delicious!

  4. Teodora Grujic says

    Yum! Never tried coconut option! Can't wait to try it!

    • Andrea White says

      It's a winner!

  5. Amanda Meth says

    LOVE overnight oats! Yum!

    • Andrea White says

      Easy and delicious way to start out the day!

  6. Gina House says

    I can't get enough of these overnight oats! Coconut if my fav!

    • Andrea White says

      Same! So so good!

  7. Andrea White says

    So good!

  8. Nancy Wu says

    this reminds me to use up my oats in the pantry. thanks for this inspo!

    • Andrea White says

      Yessss! It's an easy and delicious recipe!

  9. Natalie Knezic says

    I haven't had oats for breakfast in a while. Thank for this idea. Looks fantastic. I never used coconut with oats. I'm excited to try this.

    • Andrea White says

      You're going to love it!

  10. Shelby Stover says

    Overnight oats are our favorite! Such an easy breakfast!

    • Andrea White says

      They're the best!

  11. Emily says

    This was a snap to prepare! I loved having this delicious breakfast was waiting for me in the morning!

    • Andrea White says

      It's always nice when it's ready for you 🙂

  12. Katie Jacques says

    Such a tasty recipe! I love anything coconut, so these had my name written all over it!

    • Andrea White says

      You're so going to love this one!

  13. Anaiah says

    So coconutty and delicious! Love this make ahead breakfast.

    • Andrea White says

      It's a great way to mix up the usual breakfast meals!

  14. Jean says

    delicious breakfast to enjoy!

    • Andrea White says

      So scrumptious!

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