Tropical Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk and Chia

Tropical Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk and Chia

Tropical overnight oats are the perfect quick easy and healthy breakfast for those of us on the go!

Tropical Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk and Chia

Whelp, it’s still very wintery here in the Midwest. And I still wish I was maybe somewhere warmer with a beach. So we’re going to channel tropical flavors again today to take our minds off the cold and snow.

Plus, if you’re anything like me, you always need a healthy breakfast option that is quick in the morning.

Let’s talk ingredients:

  • Oatmeal-old fashioned oats are best-they will lead to the best creamy consistency.
  • Chia seeds-come from the plant Salvia hispanica, which is a relative of the mint plant.  When soaked, they get gel-like and create a pudding texture (like tapioca). 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.  
  • Coconut milk-use light coconut milk. It’s not as thick as regular or coconut cream. Great option if dairy isn’t your thing.
  • Agave-light, not refined sugar sweetener made from the agave plant (fun fact: tequila is also made from the agave plant), vegan.

Are overnight oats healthy?

Yes! Oatmeal is full of protein and fiber. Chia seeds are full of fiber and protein. Coconut milk is reported to have myriad health benefits including boosting your immune system. Plus it tastes hella good and is dairy free for those of us with sensitive bellies.

Tropical overnight oats

Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?

Totally up to you. I eat them cold but I have a friend who prefers them warm. I think they are creamy and delicious cold, not unlike a yogurt parfait.

To make warm overnight oats, prepare according to the recipe. That morning, take oats out of the fridge, stir, and microwave for about 45 seconds. Stir again.If you’re planning to make them warm, leave the fruit out of the jar overnight. If you’re eating them cold, feel free to add the fruit.

Which oats are best for overnight oats?

Old fashioned rolled oats are the best. They absorb the liquid but do not get gummy. Instant oatmeal tends to absorb too much liquid and will get gummy. Steel cut oats do work, but they don’t get that creamy texture that old fashioned oats will. Steel cut oats also benefit from a little extra time in the liquid to soften them up.

How long do overnight oats last?

Overnight oats last in you fridge 3-4 days. So, if meal prepping is your thing, you can make enough for a few mornings and now worry about it until the end of the week!

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


  • 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

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