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
- 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
- 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.
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