Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk and Chia Seeds

Overnight oats with chia and coconut milk
Easy, make ahead breakfast that’s healthy and delicious.  Overnight oats with coconut milk and chia seeds are sure to satisfy your hunger until lunch!
 

I know, overnight oats, kinda last year huh?  But, they one of the most perfect summer breakfasts.  With just a touch of prep work the night before, you have a cool, creamy, filling breakfast in zero minutes.  The coconut milk adds a touch of tropical flair and works perfect if dairy isn’t your thing.

What are chia seeds?

Chia seeds come from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is a relative of the mint plant.  They are a good source of fiber, protein, and omega fatty acids.  When soaked, they get gel-like and create a pudding texture (like tapioca).  The chia soaks up the coconut milk overnight adding additional creaminess.  You can find them in most groceries stores and even though they are a little bit expensive, a little bit goes a long way so a bag will last you for ages.  

Other ways to make overnight oats:

Feel free to substitute any milk or fruit for the coconut milk and blueberries.  I happen to like blueberries because I don’t have to cut them, but mango with coconut milk would be really nice or a mixture of strawberries and blueberries with almond milk would taste great too!

Can I use steel cut oats for my overnight oats?

I have used steel cut oats for overnight oats, but because of the way they are processed, they don’t soak up the milk as well as old-fashioned or quick oats would.  Old-fashioned oats are rolled and steamed for quicker cooking (or water absorption).  Overnight oats made with steel cut oats still taste great, they just have a little more texture and are a little soupier than if they were made with old-fashioned oats.

Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk and Chia Seeds

Easy, make ahead breakfast that’s healthy and delicious.  Overnight oats with coconut milk and chia seeds are sure to satisfy your hunger until lunch!
Course Breakfast
Keyword oatmeal, healthy, overnight oats,
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Heather

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds optional
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped mango
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk use light coconut milk, its not as thick, think regular milk vs. cream
  • 1-2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons shredded coconut optional

Instructions

  • In a bowl or Mason jar combine oats, chia seeds, and mango. 
  • Pour coconut milk over mixture until covered.
  • Drizzle with agave. 
  • Refrigerate overnight.  Enjoy in the morning! Add in shredded coconut if desired

If you liked this post, maybe check out some of my other breakfast recipes-like whole wheat browned butter banana bread or this simple granola with no refined sugar.

Happy Baking!

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Sources:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Healthy Eating