Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk are creamy, indulgent, and give off strong Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats vibes. These Coconut Overnight Oats are easily gluten- and dairy-free, and are a low-maintenance recipe requiring less than 10 minutes of hands on prep time.

A jar of coconut cream pie overnight oats layered with whipped cream

Why You’ll Love These Coconut Overnight Oats

  • These coconut overnight oats are ultra creamy, rich, and decadent – tasting like a coconut cream pie!
  • They’re very simple to make, with less than 10 ingredients requiring less than 10 minutes of hands-on preparation time. The rest of the time your fridge does your work for you, so you’re ready to grab-and-go this easy, delicious breakfast in the morning!
  • You can easily customize these overnight oats to your preferences. Want a little more protein? Use Greek yogurt. Need them dairy-free? Use coconut-based yogurt.

Featured Ingredients

ingredients to make overnight oats with coconut milk
  • Old-Fashioned Oats: I recommend using old-fashioned oats for the best overnight oats texture. That said, you can use steel cut or quick cut oats, it will just impact the absorption amount and time.
  • Coconut Milk: I recommend using canned coconut milk in this recipe, as it’s thicker, creamier, and helps give more coconut cream pie vibes. I personally prefer to use lite canned coconut milk. Note that if you use the thinner coconut milk in a carton, like in the refrigerated section of the store, it will affect the texture of your oats and make them thinner.
  • Shredded Coconut: Let it get nice and toasted and this goes a long with with adding texture and flavor to these oats.
  • Yogurt: Use a yogurt that fits your needs. Coconut milk yogurt makes a delicious, dairy-free option. I personally live in a very rural area and can’t always find coconut milk yogurt, so plain Greek yogurt works well, too.
  • Flax & Chia Seeds: I like to use a mix of both flax and chia seeds for both nutrition (adds more healthy fats, fiber, and a little protein) and function (helps absorb liquid and creates an ideal creamy overnight oats texture).
  • Vanilla Extract: Just a little helps elevate the dessert and “coconut cream pie” type vibes of these overnight oats.
  • Sweetener: Use a sweetener that makes sense for you. The above image features a non-nutritive natural sweetener called allulose, but you can use stevia, monk fruit, erythritol, coconut sugar, sugar, or even honey or date syrup.

Best Tips to Make Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk

Coconut Overnight Oats
  • Use old-fashioned oats – this recipe has been tested most successfully with old-fashioned oats. Using steel cut oats will require more liquid and a longer absorption time, whereas using quick oats may require less liquid and/ or less absorption time.
  • After you stir the overnight oats, let them set on the counter for a few minutes while you put everything away and tidy up. Then, before you refrigerate your oats overnight, give them a second stir. This second stir is KEY for preventing the oats and seeds from settling at the bottom.
  • Sweeten to your preferences – that includes the level of sweetness and with the type of sweetener.
  • Always give your oats a stir in the morning before eating to see if you need to add a splash or two of milk to create your desired consistency.
  • Don’t forget to add some fun toppings! You can go for more dessert-like, with whipped cream, toasted coconut, and chocolate chips, or you can add more nutrient-dense toppings like fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds.

Recipe Q&A

Are these coconut milk overnight oats dairy-free?

These coconut milk overnight oats can be made dairy-free by using a dairy-free yogurt (such as a coconut milk-based yogurt).

Are overnight oats gluten-free?

Overnight oats are gluten-free as long as you’re using certified gluten-free oats.

Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?

Either! Overnight oats are often consumed cold, straight out of the fridge, but they can easily be warmed.

To enjoy hot oats, simple heat overnight oats in a microwave-safe container in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each set. Alternatively, you can reheat in a pot on the stove over medium heat, but you’ll likely need to add a little more liquid here as some liquid is cooked out while reheating.

Are overnight oats healthy?

Overnight oats can absolutely be a part of a healthy, balanced diet. (But remember – it’s not really about individual foods, but more so about your overall eating pattern.)

But overnight oats, like these, are typically a great source of fiber (especially soluble fiber) and often contain protein from certain types of yogurts, milks, and protein powders.

a white bowl of coconut milk overnight oats

How long do overnight oats last?

Overnight oats last about 3 days in the fridge.

If you need to prepare overnight oats for beyond 3 days, I would suggest prepping the dry ingredients in a mason jar, then sealing it and storing it in your pantry. The night before you need them, simply add the coconut milk and yogurt.

Why are my overnight oats too thick/ thin?

Often absorption issues are due to using different types of milk (for example, coconut milk in the refrigerated, drinkable section is thinner than canned coconut milk like this recipe calls for). It may also be due to using different types of yogurt and oats (quick oats absorb faster and steel cut oats absorb slower than old-fashioned oats).

Additionally, if you’re adding any protein powder, that can also play a role in the texture.

Ultimately we all have different preferences, too, so play around with your specific ingredients and see if you need to add more or less liquid to suit your preferences.

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A jar of coconut cream pie overnight oats layered with whipped cream

Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk

Overnight Oats with Coconut Milk are creamy, indulgent, and give off strong coconut cream pie vibes — plus they're so simple to make!
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 301kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • cup canned lite coconut milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt use coconut milk yogurt for dairy-free
  • 2 teaspoons sweetener like allulose, stevia, monk fruit, or sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon shredded coconut toasted

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except shredded coconut in a jar or container and stir. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Stir one more time, to prevent oats and seeds from settling to the bottom. If you want shredded coconut inside the oats, add before stirring this second time. If not, save it to top your overnight oats with at the end.
  • Let overnight oats sit and absorb in the fridge overnight, or at least 4 hours.
  • Stir and adjust consistency with an additional splash or two of milk if desired. Add any desired toppings and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition facts are calculated with lite coconut milk, allulose, and with unsweetened shredded coconut – does not include the whipped cream garnish in pictures (though I highly recommend it as a fun and delicious addition!).

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.4g | Cholesterol: 3.1mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 162.9mg | Iron: 3.6mg

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