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Rich, creamy, and oh so very coconutty
I’m guessing you have come to expect yet another dessert-inspired Royal Oats recipe. And I shall not disappoint you within this Coconut Cream Pie Oatmeal! Get ready to escape into a tropical breakfast paradise with hearty oats laden with creamy coconut milk, shredded coconut, crunchy coconut chips, and a dollop of whipped cream (if you dare).
Now…since this bowl of coconutty oats can be pretty rich, below are some options for you to be able to make this as rich and creamy or light and healthy as you desire. After all, we are all on our own health journey and are trying to stay on the path towards the light (pun intended)!
Coconut options for coconut cream pie oatmeal
There are a few different forms of coconut that you can use in this recipe. From the milk to the types of dried coconut, you can play around with your combinations. Let’s take a look.
Types of coconut milk
As I mentioned earlier, you can choose how rich and creamy you want your oats to be. When I make this bowl of indulgence, I usually use either full fat or reduced-fat milk. But I always add whipped cream to mimic one of the best features of coconut cream pie…the CREAM!
Anyway, here’s the breakdown to help you choose the right milk or milk combo for you:
- FULL FAT–and let me tell you…it is FULL in fat (starting at about 12 g of fat and 11 g of saturated fat per 1/4 c) but gives a nice and creamy texture to the oats
- REDUCED FAT/LIGHT–this type of milk discards some of the coconut solids and oil for less fat (starting at about 4 g of fat and saturated fat). It will still provide that coconut essence but will be less creamy.
- COCONUT CREAM–the fat solids of coconut milk that can make an awesome non-dairy whipped cream topping.
- CREAM OF COCONUT–it’s basically coconut condensed milk, so it is very thick and sweet. This may be a bit too sweet and thick for this recipe unless you dilute it with light coconut milk or even almond milk.
- COCONUT MILK POWDER–which is dehydrated coconut milk; just add water to make milk. It’s a perfect pantry staple.
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Types of dried coconut
So…I toasted some dried shredded coconut and raw almond slices to achieve the toasted color I was looking for (as shown above). I like to toast nuts and such in bulk, allow them to cool, and store them in an air-tight glass jar for up to 3 months or so. This mix is a perfect topping for other oatmeal recipes, cereals, yogurt, ice cream, etc.
- DRIED SHREDDED–the raw unsweetened coconut that has been shredded and dried
- SWEETENED SHREDDED/FLAKED–this is partially dried, slightly chewy, and sweetened with sugar
- CHIPS–thicker slices of coconut that have been toasted, baked, fried and/or sweetened (I recommend Bare Baked Crunchy Coconut Chips (paid link) because they are delicious and it’s hard to put them down once you get to snackin’ on ’em. Seriously, they’re addictive.)
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Whatever type of coconut you choose, I’m sure it will be as satisfying to you as it is to me. Allow yourself to be taken away (Calgon style) with this treat. Bon voyage!
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- 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 c water
- 2 tbsp International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream* or coffee creamer of your choice
- 1 tbsp dried unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 c coconut milk, unsweetened
- 1/4 c toasted shaved coconut (Bare Baked Coconut Coconut Chips* were used)
- 2 tbsp toasted shaved coconut
- 1 tbsp dried unsweetened shredded coconut
Additional Topping Options (as shown in the photo)
- a dollop of whipped cream
- toasted almond slices
- dash of cinnamon
- Make the oatmeal. In a microwave-safe cereal bowl, combine the oats, salt, water, coffee creamer, and shredded coconut. Stir and microwave on high for 2 minutes and 30 seconds (or as instructed on the oatmeal product's packaging). Mix the coconut milk and shaved coconut (chips) into the cooked oats.
- Make it pretty. Top the oatmeal with more of the shaved and shredded coconut. If you are feeling naughty, I recommend adding the Additional Topping Options (which is about 30 or more calories). Remember, that breakfast can be the biggest meal of the day so it's ok to indulge a little. Happy eating!
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**Nutrition values do not include the Additional Topping Options.
How to Make a Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer Substitute
- Combine 2 tbsp half and half + 1/8 tsp vanilla extract + 1½ tsp sugar
Alternative Low-fat & Non-dairy Substitutes
- Reduced-fat or light coconut milk allows for fewer calories per serving. Also using half coconut milk and half almond milk can reduce fat and calories per serving as well. However, these alternatives may not provide the same creaminess as full-fat coconut milk.
- Whipped coconut cream is a delicious non-dairy alternative to whipped cream.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 480Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 294mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 12gSugar: 11gProtein: 8g
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used. I am not a doctor, nor a certified nutritionist and make no claims to the contrary. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. Please consult your personal physician with any questions you may have regarding your own health and diet.