Grapefruit-Coconut Oatmeal

I first stumbled upon a recipe for grapefruit oatmeal on Pinterest (imagine that!), and I was initially skeptical. I have never used citrus in my oatmeal before, and I had a hard time imagining how those segments of bitter juice would mesh with an earthy bowl of porridge.


Well, I’m here to tell you that they mesh beautifully. Even more impressively, after I dropped the segments in and stirred, they broke into their tiny, individual pockets of juice, which resulted in every spoonful having an equal dose of grapefruit! In fact, this bowl of oatmeal has actually become one of my all-time favorites!



Grapefruit-Coconut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup coconut milk*
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/2 a grapefruit
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • shredded coconut and honey for topping

How to make it:

  1. Prep your grapefruit.
  2. Bring coconut milk (I sometimes use half-coconut milk, half-water) to a boil. Add oats and reduce heat to medium. I also add a spoonful of milled flax at the same time as my oats.
  3. Cut/spoon out segments of half a grapefruit and add to your saucepan. Stir until the segments begin breaking apart.
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add about a 1/4 tsp. each of ground ginger (and/or nutmeg) and cinnamon. Nutmeg is commonly paired with grapefruit, but I don't really like it, so I generally don't include it.
  5. If you'd like to add any additional ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  6. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of coconut milk, some shredded coconut, and a drizzle of honey (you can obviously skip this to keep it vegan).

Just an FYI:

*You can use the coconut milk from the can, but it will taste best with coconut milk from a carton, such as the Silk brand. The "original" varieties are best because they have the strongest coconut flavor. I find the unsweetened variety to taste a little watery and bland.

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master’s degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

18 Responses to Grapefruit-Coconut Oatmeal

  1. Miss Smart says:

    Oh my goodness! So, I randomly put some grapefruit on my oatmeal a few weeks ago, and I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it was. I haven’t taken it to this level though, but I’m glad to discover this is actually a “thing” and I’m not totally out of my mind. [Well, any more than usual, of course. ;)]

  2. I love grapefuit and coconut, and I love oatmeal, so this is a recipe I’ll make as soon as possible! Love your website, btw!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow! I just want to say, your website looks AMAZING!!!!! I just recently started looking at oatmeal as something other than “healthy food” that doesn’t taste good; in reality it can be absolutely delicious! I especially love adding banana and peanut butter. I can’t wait to start making some of your recipes! They look really great!
    Quick question: does the grapefruit make the oatmeal incredibly bitter? Or does it make it more flavorful than straight up bitter?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Thanks so much! To answer your question, no, the grapefruit surprisingly sweetens the oatmeal and leaves a very pleasant taste. I expected it to be bitter as well, but it wasn’t. I also recommend topping with honey, which will also sweeten it nicely. 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ok, I know this is a really old post, but just wondering — and I guess you might not know but maybe another reader would — if you use plain old milk, does it sort of get curdled by the grapefruit?

  5. Jessica says:

    I love oatmeal and eat it every morning for breakfast (and sometimes lunch!) so finding your blog was awesome!

    I tried this grapefruit oatmeal recipe and thought it was only ok. I was surprised that the grapefruit wasn’t sour or tart. I even tried it twice, the second time using a whole grapefruit, not just half, and it still didn’t really have any grapefruit flavor. Oh well, it was a fun experiment.

    I posted about this on my blog at

    JessicaHK of Blog-Inspired Cooking

  6. Ali says:

    I like this recipe!! It’s so refreshingly different. However, my biggest problem is cutting the grapefruit. I just make a mess and waste a lot of the fruit by not cutting it right.. I guess I’ll just have to work on that! But I was wondering if you can save the rest of the grapefruit… Perhaps already segmented to save te hassle on quick mornings and store it in the fridge?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I usually store the other half (unsegmented) in a Tupperware container (with a lid) in the fridge and it keeps for a couple days (maybe even 3). However, I have also segmented it and stored the segments in the fridge for later, so to answer your question, YES!

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  8. Jon Crylen says:

    I’ve been eating grapefruit oatmeal for a couple months now but not until idly Googling “grapefruit oatmeal” and landing here did I realize other sane humans dared eat it. The coconut sounds great; I just bought a couple pounds of chips (prefer them to shredded) and can’t wait to add them in the morning. And your other recipes look fantastic, too.

  9. I have 2 and a half grapefruits left, red, white and pink… Which one should I use? 😀 I love coconut and grapefruit. Gotta try it!

  10. Lyndsey B says:

    I’m actually not much of a grapefruit fan…it tastes super bitter to me! It’s one of the only fruits I don’t like. I think I’ll give this recipe a try though, maybe the coconut will mellow it out? Sounds delicious!

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