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Healthy Coconut Milk Oatmeal with Stewed cherry

Vegan coconut milk oatmeal recipe with toasted sweet coconut flakes

Coconut Milk Oatmeal.

This warm, comforting, and satisfying bowl of healthy coconut milk oatmeal have been a total hit in my household in this cold winter. And who says you can’t enjoy them in the summer months.

The kids love it, the husband and I adore it!

Comforting coconut milk oatmeal porridge with stewed cherry topping
Nourishing, creamy, comforting, this bowl of goodness will make your day!
One of the things I love about this bowl is its tropical flavors, which am sure will also make this bowl your best oatmeal recipe going forward. Click To Tweet

Here’s the deal: when it comes to breakfast, I want the real thing. 70% of the time, as long as I have 10 – 15 minutes, I cook up some oats. But if I am on-the-go, then I would roll with the smoothies—either my avocado goodness, perfect peach, or king blueberry.

There are two significant ingredients when it comes to this nutritious and delicious coconut milk oatmeal—first, the fresh coconut milk, second, the oats. The cherry, and nut toppings are optional!

Healthy coconut milk oatmeal porridge recipe with fruits and nuts toppings
You can choose to use only the stewed cherry (and not nuts) or use both. I love both; the sweetness of the cherry, and crunch from the nuts! You can also decide to add additional sweetener. Make this your way.

Coconut milk.

Before coconut milk, there was coconut, I mean the coconut fruit. To make coconut milk from the coconut fruit, you have to use coconut “meat.” The coconut fruit is very versatile; aside extracting milk from this fruit, you can also extract oil (coconut oil). Ever heard of coconut rice, coconut sweet, coconut flour, the list is endless. You can even eat the coconut meat by chewing down on it and swallowing. It makes a great snack, or you can pair it with wet cassava snacks. Growing up, coconut was a readily available thing; we had a coconut tree in our compound in the village.😋

Vanilla coconut milk oatmeal toasted cashew toppings
Oh, this coconut meat is very meaty! Sometimes, sadly, I have also bought the not-so-good ones.

Without a doubt, coconut milk plays a significant role when it comes to this recipe. For the most part, I have always only used fresh coconut milk to make this recipe. I usually buy fresh coconut fruit and then make the milk, and afterward, I will use some of the milk to cook this oat recipe. I also think store-bought (from the dairy section) would work just fine, but I have yet to try it. Let me know how you choose to try it when you do!😊

Vanilla coconut milk oatmeal toasted cashew toppings
The taste and sweetness of homemade fresh coconut milk are like no other! I make them in batch and freeze in 2-cup containers.

Oats.

Oats are nutritious, powerful antioxidants, and the excellent fiber that your body needs. Scientifically oats are referred to as Avena sativa. This whole-grain can lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar, and can help you keep your weight in check.

My warm coconut milk oatmeal porridge will not be complete without oats, obviously. Even the name suggests it. I love to use the old-fashioned oats; it does it for me when it comes to this coconut milk oatmeal recipe. You may try any other type, say, steel-cut, etc., I can’t guarantee the same result.

Warm and creamy coconut milk oatmeal recipe
Ensure always to buy heart-healthy ingredients; Look out for the heart sign from the American Heart Association on your next shopping trip.

Oat is whole-grain.

This porridge is an excellent breakfast recipe, lunch, and dinner, whichever one you choose!
These are perfect for overnight oats as well. Do you have a favorite kind of oats?

Cherry:

I love cherry. But I seem not to know when this fruit is in the season, so I typically resign my faith to frozen cherries, which is still very sweet and tasty. So, as you may already know, that was what ai used for this recipe, and it was fantabulous! Cherry has several benefits, and it is great for you.

Stewed cherry is the best breakfast topping.
This is how I usually stew my cherry; this is the exact one I used with this recipe.

The verdict.

One of the most surprising and yet amazing thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t need any additional sweetener! Not sugar, honey, stevia. None. The natural sweetness of the fresh coconut milk and cherry are just right and enough. Click To Tweet

Now, if you are ready, let’s make the most delicious and mouthwatering oatmeal recipe!

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Category: Light and Lovely

Cuisine: Nigerian Inspired

Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH

Servings: 2 people

Vegan coconut milk oatmeal recipe with toasted sweet coconut flakes

This warm, comforting, and satisfying bowl of coconut milk oatmeal have been a total hit in my household. It's vegan, healthy, sweet, and everything you desire in one bowl! I hope you give it a try; this oat recipe will make your day! Please don't forget to let me know when you do try it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of old-fashioned oats
  • 3 cups of (fresh homemade) coconut milk.
  • 2 cups of frozen pitted cherries
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    Toppings (optional)
  • ¼ shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup of cashew nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250. Add the shredded coconut & cashew nut to the same baking tray toast to your desired perfection. Usually between 10 — 15 minutes. Please keep your eyes on it and stir in between. Set aside.
  2. Add the cherry to a small pot turn stove to low — medium, cook until it softens, and the juice is runny. This may take about 15 minutes (or so). Keep an eye on it; can easily run over and make a mess.
  3. Add oats to a clean pot, add coconut milk, then vanilla, cover, cook until soft and cooked through, just like you would with oats. Be sure to keep stirring as it is simmering to prevent from burning & oats sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  4. To serve add oats porridge to a bowl, then top with stewed cherry, and toasted nuts. This will make your day.

Notes

This recipe serves two people.

I typically do not add any other sweetener, however, feel free to add some original maple syrup or honey (or any other one) if you think you need it. You go ahead and make it your way!

If you aren't able to make your own coconut milk, I suggest you use the coconut milk that you can find alongside other non-dairy milk in the dairy section of your grocery store. I can't guarantee the same result. 

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With love,

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Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH

Hi, I'm Nkechi "Kechi" Ajaeroh, a Public Health professional turned Inspirational author slash exceptional home cook. A 2x International Best Selling Author of Elevate Your Life with the Power of Positive Perception and Gratefully Growing. African, (specifically, Nigerian) Food Enthusiast, watermelon connoisseur, on my to finessing my fitness. This blog is all about loving food, living life, practicing gratitude, and inspiring you to use your wings. Join the journey.

6 Comments
  1. Hi thanks so much for sharing this delicious food for breakfast. I love oatmeal, anything coconut and cherries oh yes!!
    I know what I am having for breakfast tomorrow.
    I’ll definitely let you know when I do and connect with you on social media too

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