Grapefruit Overnight Oatmeal

I’m still disappointed that my Grapefruit-Coconut Oatmeal recipe isn’t more popular. How many glittering reviews do I have to give it before people try it out? What I love about it most is that the oatmeal and coconut milk mellow out the bite of the grapefruit, leaving you with just the sweet, citrusy flavor of the grapefruit. No bitterness! The only thing I don’t like about it is the prep work; segmenting grapefruits is such a bother.


Well, here’s a way to save some time. You can do the prep work the night before, and you’ll be able to wake up to delicious grapefruit oatmeal in the morning without dirtying a knife!

Did I merely use the same picture for this post as I did for the original stovetop recipe? Mmhmm, yes, I did. Get over it. Although Daylight Saving Time has allowed me to photograph AFTER work, I still can’t take pictures in the morning. (I wake up at 5:freaking30, remember??) Thus, overnight recipes remain unphotographed. Deal. With. It.

Plus, it’s the exact same recipe–just prepared differently.

Grapefruit Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 a grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I recommend coconut)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut yogurt, or coconut-flavored almond yogurt (optional)
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Prep grapefruit and spoon segments into a mason jar.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients in the jar.
  3. Cover with lid and shake, shake, shake until combined.
  4. Store in the refrigerator overnight (or for several hours). Eat cold or warm up in the microwave! It's best warmed up with more shredded coconut on top...and a drizzle of honey!

Just an FYI:

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.

15 Responses to Grapefruit Overnight Oatmeal

  1. Sosa07ac says:

    You could try adding coffee to it. And maybe some type of sweetener (e.g. dates, syrup, honey etc) to mellow the bitterness. It’s sooo good!!

  2. Love the idea of grapefruit and coconut milk, sounds like such a fun flavor combination.
    I also completely understand what you mean about how annoying it is when your favorite blog posts aren’t popular, that happens to me all the time! The ones I work hard on people barely read and the ones I, ahem, throw together get plenty of views. πŸ™‚

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love the original recipe. I microwave mine on high for 3 minutes.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Good to know! I am entirely incompetent at microwaving oatmeal (unless it’s instant). Every time has resulted in the water boiling over and making a mess. πŸ™

  4. Ahahaha, I did exactly this to your original grapefruit & dark chocolate oatmeal πŸ™‚ Great minds think alike!

  5. Eleanor says:

    I made this using whatever similar ingredients I already had which turned out to be pomelo (less popular but sweeter cousin of grapefruit), sweetened coconut flakes, and european style yogurt. The tart yogurt and honey were a bit strong and masked the flavor of the pomelo so I would go a bit easy on them next time. Yes, there will be a next time because it was pretty darn tasty!

  6. Scrumptious says:

    I am in love with your blog! I’ve been adding overnight oatmeal recipes to my menu planner for the last couple of hours. You have a genius way with oatmeal, thanks for sharing your gift!

  7. Izzy says:

    I added Chia seeds,toasted the coconut and a few chopped dates. So yummy. I love your blog. It has saved me from a boring life.

  8. Christine says:

    I had this for breakfast this morning. It was delicious! The coconut-flavored yogurt and sweetened coconut kept the oatmeal from tasting sour. My only complaint was that the oatmeal was a tad too wet for my taste. Next time, I would try using less than 1/2 cup milk. I would also try upping the amount of spices.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      As you’ve probably figured out by now, many of my older recipes are a bit shy with flavors. πŸ™‚ Sorry about that!

      • Christine says:

        That’s all right. I had this for breakfast again yesterday. I added a dash of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg, to make it more like your recipe for stovetop Grapefruit Coconut Oatmeal. I still ate the overnight oats cold, but they tasted delicious! Maybe the extra spices helped, or maybe the recipe just grew on me. I would make it again.

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