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Nourishing Coconut Milk Oatmeal

20 min


One-bowl / one-pot

10 ingredients or less

This is a cozy bowl of oatmeal. It's the perfect oatmeal especially for the fall, as stewed berries and creamy nut butter toppings are warm and inviting, while the bananas and coconut milk add a nourishing richness. If enjoying in the summer, add tropical fruits such as mango and fresh berries instead!



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  • 1 cup (160 g)
    steel cut oats, soaked overnight, drained
  • 1⅔ cups (399 mL)
    canned light coconut milk
  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    unsweetened soy milk
  • 1
    banana, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp (7 g)
    ground flaxseeds
  • ½ tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)



  1. To a saucepan, add the oats, coconut milk, plant milk, banana, flaxseeds, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, reduce to a gentle simmer and allow to cook for 15 minutes*, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add more milk if a thinner consistency is preferred, or cook for another couple of minutes to thicken. Stir in the vanilla and remove it from the heat.
  3. Add your favourite toppings, and enjoy!


  • Nutrition tip: aim to use plant-based milk that is fortified with calcium.
  • * If you were unable to soak the oats overnight, the cooking time will be longer, about 30 - 40 minutes in total. You will also need to add more plant-based milk.


  • Store premade oatmeal, without toppings, in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • When re-heating the oatmeal, you may need to add up to an additional ½ cup (120 mL) of plant-based milk to thin out the oatmeal a bit.

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Grains & Starches 46%

steel cut oats

Proteins 24%

unsweetened soy milk

ground flaxseeds

roasted unsalted pecans

hemp seeds

Fruits & Veggies 30%


fresh mixed berries


unsweetened soy milk


canned light coconut milk

ground flaxseeds

roasted unsalted pecans

hemp seeds

Nutrition info

We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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Nicole Mostofa - Feb. 28, 2024, 1:42 p.m.

It's nice to mix it up and try something different for breakfast, as I normally wouldn't use coconut milk.

Katie Grabrick - Jan. 30, 2024, 2:54 a.m.

One of my favorites for sure! Will absolutely be in my weekly rotation for breakfast or lunch.

Chloe O - Jan. 4, 2024, 12:23 a.m.

Love the texture of the steel cut oats compared to the traditional oats. The coconut milk makes these oats so creamy!

Amanda - Dec. 8, 2023, 5:02 p.m.

Perfect breakfast! Makes a lot so breakfast is sorted for a few days. Super creamy. Never knew to soak steel cut oats overnight.

PUL Team - Dec. 9, 2023, 4:05 a.m.

So happy that the oatmeal is being enjoyed, Amanda, thank you! 😃

Sera - July 17, 2023, 10:23 a.m.

Toasting the oats before cooking them brings out a great flavour!!

Pooja - Feb. 23, 2023, 4:27 p.m.

I was never a person who would eat oats but this recipe changed my taste and opinion. I use whole-grain rolled oats and top them with some of your granola and chia jam. This is one is my winter favorite.

PUL Team - Feb. 23, 2023, 7:42 p.m.

Such a big compliment, Pooja! We're so happy the recipe is being enjoyed 🤗

Cierra - Dec. 29, 2022, 2:13 a.m.

Hi! Can I use rolled oats instead of steel cut?

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2022, 4:07 p.m.

Hey Cierra, sure - the recipe will just need some changes as rolled oats are smaller and have less fiber than steel-cut oats! Generally, for rolled oats, we start with 2 parts liquid for one part oats, so for instance, you could start with 1 cup of un-soaked rolled oats with 2 cups of plant milk. We suggest cooking at a low simmer for about 5-10 minutes, stirring often and adding more milk for a thinner consistency or cooking for a few extra minutes for thicker oatmeal. If you haven't already seen and are interested, we also have a comforting oatmeal recipe here that uses rolled oats:… 🙂

Jules - March 10, 2022, 5:56 p.m.

My one cup of steel cut oatmeal looks like so much less than the yield you show in your video! Did you use more than 1 cup? Thank you!

PUL Team - March 11, 2022, 1:50 a.m.

Hey there, Jules, thanks for the question! We indeed used 1 cup in this one. It also increases a lot in volume when soaked, so perhaps that's why it seems like a lot 😊

NIkki - Jan. 12, 2022, 12:44 p.m.

This recipe made me actually enjoy oatmeal again. For years I was so sick of it, I didn't even entertain the thought. This is really delicious and thank you for opening my eyes to adding toppings to make this even more inviting.

PUL Team - Jan. 12, 2022, 9:08 p.m.

We're so thrilled the oatmeal was enjoyed, NIkki - thank you!

Jen - Jan. 9, 2022, 2:05 a.m.

This is the best oatmeal I've ever had! It's my go-to oatmeal recipe now. Thank you for all of your amazing recipes!

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 2:20 a.m.

A massive compliment, Jen - thanks a bunch! 🤩

Monika N. - Dec. 30, 2021, 6:07 p.m.


I am wondering, in the interest of too many calories, if drizzling coconut milk would still taste as good. (I'll try next time :-))
I would also use peanut butter instead of almond butter since almond butter doesn't really taste like anything and peanut butter has the "salty" taste to it.
I used 1/2 of a banana and 1/2 cup of berries for 1 serving (used frozen triple berries) and non-milk chocolate chips.
Serving of the steel cut oats was 1 1/2 cups cooked.
It will keep you full for a long time.
For sure a keeper!

PUL Team - Dec. 31, 2021, 5:30 a.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Monika, and thanks for sharing the modifications. The coconut milk can be substituted with an alternative plant-based milk. such as unsweetened almond milk, if desired. Let us know if you experiment with it 🙂

Sarah - Oct. 23, 2021, 11:07 p.m.


Amanda - July 13, 2021, 6:20 p.m.

I love this recipe and the classic comforting oatmeal. I usually make one or the other at least once a week. It's versatile and makes for decent leftovers as well.

Erin - July 8, 2021, 8:14 p.m.

A wonderful recipe! Perfect for quick & delicious breakfasts in the morning. Thank you!

Evelyn s warner - July 7, 2021, 7:30 a.m.

terrific recipe tasted amazing!! 💕

Louise Magnusson - April 21, 2021, 9:15 p.m.

This oatmeal is delicious, and the meal prep-format is a definite winner. Oatmeal is a common breakfast in Sweden, but the addition of coconut milk and vanilla extract is a new variation for me😃. Another funny thing is that it doesn’t matter which topping combination I use: everything works!?😮 E.g. grated apple/almonds/dark chocolate or coconut flakes/cloudberry jam/cashew butter.
One comment/question: the written recipe above differs from the video. I’ve tried both ways, and I find the newest version (1/3 banana per serving) better than putting one whole banana at day 2. The video version was also good, but it gave me a “paltkoma” = Swedish expression for extreme tiredness accompanied by stomach pain after a heavy meal 😪😴
What’s your motivation for this change in the recipe? I’m curious 🤓

PUL Team - April 22, 2021, 3:39 a.m.

Hey Louise - great eye! I think it really comes down to personal preference 🤓 Sometimes if I'm not adding much fruit to the top, I'll add a whole banana into a single portion - that way I'm getting in some of my fruit servings for the day, plus the sweetness from the banana in the oatmeal is rather nice 🥰 Other times, I prefer less banana, and in that case, I usually add more fruit to the top. I'm glad to hear you're loving the recipe - all the topping combos you mentioned sound so good 🤤

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Suzy - March 26, 2021, 1:40 p.m.

I make this recipe probably once a week. It's delicious and it lasts all week. Definitely love it with berries, PB and pumpkin seeds.

PUL Team - March 26, 2021, 1:40 p.m.

So glad you enjoy the recipe so much, Suzy! Thanks for taking the time to share 😊

Suzy - March 26, 2021, 1:43 p.m.

Oh, so nice! Thanks, eh!