Belly warming vanilla oatmeal bowl with coconut, berries, nut butter, and yogurt. It’s an ultimate breakfast or snack bowl. Super easy to customize to your own liking.

Need a breakfast that everyone will enjoy? You’ll love this coconut oatmeal flavored with vanilla almond milk as it is easily customizable to satisfy the whole gang. After cooking the oatmeal, have additional toppings available to build your oatmeal bowl. 

Reasons to love this Oatmeal Bowl

Creamy and delicious, this vanilla oatmeal bowl has a lovely combination of textures. The chewy oats, chia seeds, and shredded coconut mixed with creamy Greek yogurt and almond butter give you a well-rounded wholesome bowl of goodness. 

  • Easy – This one-pot oatmeal simply needs to be cooked and then the remaining ingredients are added.
  • Hearty – This oatmeal will keep you full through to lunch.
  • Versatile – Start with this base recipe and choose your favorite ingredients to make it your own! 
  • Go-to recipe – When you’re in a pinch this oatmeal recipe with coconut is quick and so delicious you’ll want to add it to your morning routine. 


  • Almond milk – vanilla almond milk adds additional flavor to this oatmeal but plain could also be used.
  • Old-fashion oats – for best texture, rolled oats are preferred over quick oats. Old fashion also retains more nutritional value than instant oats making it a better, more nourishing choice.
  • Coconut oil or coconut butter – the rich, buttery flavor is what makes this dish. For a more robust coconut flavor, use unrefined coconut oil. Refined coconut oil is not as strong of a flavor.
  • Cinnamon – cinnamon adds the perfect sweetness and warmth to these cooked
ingredients for coconut oats

Toppings for Oatmeal

  • Yogurt – Greek yogurt is thick and will make this oatmeal even more creamy. Any yogurt can be used. Try cashew, soy, or almond yogurt to make this a vegan oatmeal recipe.
  • Shredded Coconut – Chewy coconut shreds are just what this oatmeal needs. Toast up the unsweetened shredded coconut for another level of tastiness.
  • Chia seeds – For texture with a slight chew and as a thickener, chia seeds are also a healthy addition.
  • Nut butter – This delicious addition adds just the right amount of nutty flavor and adds to the texture of the creamy oatmeal.
  • Fruit – Frozen berries can be added at the beginning to cook into the coconut oatmeal or top at the end. They will defrost quickly in the hot oatmeal. 
  • Sweetener – Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

How to make Coconut Oatmeal

  1. Bring almond milk to a gentle simmer. Stir in oats and simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from the heat, cover, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in coconut oil and cinnamon. Serve with toppings of choice.

Vanilla Coconut Oatmeal Bowl - just like a smoothie bowl except it's an oatmeal bowl! Made with almond milk, coconut, and pinch of cinnamon. Add your favorite toppings and you have yourself the BEST breakfast | @littlebroken

Recipe Variations 

  • Oatmeal with Coconut Milk – Substitute coconut milk for almond milk and coconut oil.
  • Fruit and Yogurt Oatmeal – Fresh fruit and yogurt mixed in with cooked oatmeal.
  • Overnight Coconut Yogurt – Add all the ingredients together and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Eat chilled or warm in the microwave.

Storage and Meal Prep

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

For meal prep, cook the coconut oatmeal with almond milk as instructed, but without toppings, then separate into individual meal prep containers and store in the refrigerator.

When ready to eat, add a little more almond milk and heat on the stove or in the microwave until heated through. Add toppings and enjoy!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of oats do I use?

Old-fashion oats offer that chewy, delicious texture you want in oatmeal. 

What kind of milk should I use for coconut oatmeal?

For the best flavor, I love to use Vanilla Almond milk. It is sweet and has the perfect balance of vanilla flavoring that is delicious with oats and all the yummy toppings.

Can I use coconut milk?

Yes. Coconut milk is a great substitute. It is a thicker, creamier option.

Why add coconut oil to oatmeal?

Coconut oil adds a buttery decadent flavor and has health benefits if you’re looking for nourishing ingredients.  

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oatmeal with coconut oil

Coconut Oatmeal

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: American


Belly warming vanilla oatmeal bowl with coconut, berries, nut butter, and yogurt. It’s an ultimate breakfast or snack bowl. Super easy to customize to your own liking.


Units Scale
  • 2 1/2 cups almond milk, plain or vanilla
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or coconut butter
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

To Serve:

  • Yogurt (plain or flavored)
  • Frozen berries
  • Shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • Chia seeds
  • Almond butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • Honey or maple syrup, optional


  1. In a small saucepan, bring almond milk to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
  2. Stir in oats and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until liquid has reduced, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat, cover, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in coconut oil (or coconut butter), cinnamon, and salt. Serve immediately with toppings of choice.


  • Nutrition does not include the toppings.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup cooked oats
  • Calories: 261
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 523.2 mg
  • Fat: 10.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.2 g
  • Protein: 6.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: easy, vegan, dairy free