I’m one of those odd people who can’t eat oatmeal if it’s heated. There’s just something about warm oats that sends a shiver up my spine. But don’t get me wrong: I LOVE oatmeal. That’s why overnight oats are the perfect solution to my conundrum.
I’ve been experimenting with overnight oats recipes for almost a decade now… and it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the perfect blend of nutrition and taste! Now, I’m ready to share this oat revelation with the world.
One key to delectable oats is in the texture. If you add too much liquid, you’ve got runny oatmeal (and NO ONE likes that!). If you add too little liquid, then there’s not enough for your oats to absorb overnight and you’re left with crunchy bits in the morning.
The secret is a 1:2 ratio of oats to liquid… simple as that!
Then, you’ve got taste. This is important because if your oats are bland and lack dimension, then you won’t look forward to eating them in the morning!
I’m personally a huge fan of coconut… so this overnight oats recipe is PACKED with it. From the bits of shredded coconut to the coconut-almond milk blend, your oats will burst with coconutty flavor.
If you don’t like coconut, then you can probably omit the shredded coconut and substitute an alternative plant-based milk instead. But let’s be honest: it just won’t taste the same.
Finally… these overnight oats are a much healthier breakfast option than most! First of all, we’ve got flax seeds. Some have called it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet! There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries.
Then, you’ve got the oats themselves. Oats are a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. They also contain more protein and fat than most grains!
Finally, this recipe wouldn’t be complete without highlighting one of my favorite all-time spices: cinnamon. Cinnamon has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner… even outranking “superfoods” like garlic and oregano. Its inflammatory properties also help the body fight infections and repair tissue damage.
Need I say more? Let’s dig in!
Coconutty Overnight Oats
Total Time: 10 minutes prep, 8+ hours setting
Servings: 2 servings
- 1 c. old-fashioned oats
- 1/3 c. shredded coconut
- 1/4 c. flax seeds
- 1/2 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/3 c. raisins (or other dried fruit of choice)
- 1/4 c. dried cherries (or other dried fruit of choice)
- Dash of cinnamon
- 2 c. coconut milk
- Add all ingredients to a large mason jar. Shake well to ensure everything is mixed.
- Place in the fridge overnight, or at least 8 hours.