Learn how to make coconut milk overnight oats! This easy, make-ahead breakfast is light, raw, refreshing, yet filling simultaneously. Find my base plus 3 exciting variations below.
I love this breakfast because it’s so simple, satisfying, and good for you. The perfect grab-and-go on busy mornings and fully customizable to suit any dietary needs or taste preferences!
You can dress overnight oats up however you like with fresh fruit, nuts, grain-free granola, coconut, jam, honey, yogurt, etc. I’m sharing three of my favorite variations (+ my go-to base recipe!) below to get you started. Try them out, and then get creative by making your coconut overnight oats your own!
Coconut Milk Overnight Oats Ingredients
Overnight oats is simply the process of soaking oats in a liquid (we’re using coconut milk) and placing them in the fridge overnight. It’s a great way to have a filling raw food breakfast because it satiates with high-quality carbohydrates and offers lots of good whole grain fiber. Soaking the oats reduces phytic acid typically found in oats, which aids greatly in digestion and the absorption of vitamins and minerals making this a great breakfast for all my fellow GERD sufferers.
Old Fashioned Gluten-Free Oats – As we learned in our post 5 Foods That Won’t Give You Acid Reflux, Oatmeal is a high-fiber food which means it promotes gut health and reduces constipation. Keep your gut happy and there’s a good chance you’ll have fewer reflux symptoms.
Coconut Milk –coconut milk is creamy and delicious. It’s also rich in many nutrients and minerals. Some of these nutrients also help protect your stomach lining from inflammation, which reduces acid reflux and GERD symptoms!
Chia Seeds – Adding chia seeds to your diet may increase the strength of the LES and prevent stomach acid from leaking into the esophagus. Plus it adds a delicious depth and bite to your overnight oats.
Maple Syrup – for a touch of sweetness, honey or agave could also work.
Salt – to really make all the flavors pop.
How to Make Coconut Milk Overnight Oats
First, add your oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and salt to a jar that has a lid and give it a really good stir to make sure the chia seeds are spread throughout.
Then, add coconut milk. Stir, stir, stir, being sure to scrape down the sides of your jar so there are no clumps of chia seeds.
Finally, cover your jar and place it in the fridge overnight or for up to 5 days! It’s that simple.
When you’re ready to eat your coconut milk overnight oats, give them another good stir and then get creative!
Coconut Milk Overnight Oats Variations
This is one of the most versatile and satisfying raw breakfasts I know of – definitely one to try for anyone who needs a lot of energy to get them through the morning all the way to lunchtime. Here are the 3 variations I love most.
Almond, Cherry, Coconut
Light and refreshing and oh so decadent. I add ½ tsp almond extract to the creamy coconut base and then add organic frozen cherries that have been thawed and shredded unsweetened coconut on top. Each bite is both tangy and delicious.
This version is perfect for fall and winter. Warm and crunchy, it’s a treat. I add 2 TBSP of unsweetened applesauce to the coconut milk base and then top with fresh diced apples and our grain-free apple granola. The diced apples and granola add a crunch and depth that is so fresh and yummy.
For this version, I leave the base as is and top it with our homemade Blueberry Sauce. So simple to make. It’s just a matter of simmering frozen blueberries, water, and cinnamon. It doesn’t need any sweetener as the blueberries cook down and meld into a thick, naturally sweetened jam. I especially like to spoon it over my oats while still warm. The contrast between the hot and cold is really nice.
I hope you like these variations and give them a try. What’s your favorite way to top Coconut Milk Overnight Oats? Please leave a comment letting us know! Your feedback is so helpful to me and other GERD Chef readers!
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Make the base recipe: In a Mason jar or other lidded jar, place the oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and salt. Add the coconut milk and stir until the mixture is well combined and there are no clumps of chia seeds at the bottom of the jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for up to 5 days.
In the morning, top with your desired toppings
For almond, coconut, and cherry overnight oats, make the plain overnight oat base but add ½ tsp almond extract to the mix. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with frozen organic cherries that have been thawed, shredded unsweetened coconut, and a drizzle of maple syrup, if desired.
For apple crumble overnight oats, make the plain overnight oat base but add 2 TBSP of unsweetened apple sauce to the mix. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with diced apples, grain-free cinnamon apple granola, and drizzles of maple syrup, if desired.
For blueberry pie overnight oats, make the plain overnight oat base. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, top with homemade blueberry sauce, and a drizzle of maple syrup, if desired.
I prefer my coconut milk oat base to be a bit thicker. To me, it really makes for better flavor and texture, but if you prefer yours creamier then add 1 cup of coconut milk to your base.