Lemon Coconut Oatmeal

(Hello from the Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport!)

I still can’t believe I hated coconut my entire life. Now, I worship it! Coconut milk, coconut yogurt, coconut butter, coconut shreds…give me any or all and I’ll be a happy lady!

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Friday morning, I paired it with lemon. The wonderful thing about being at my parents’ house is having access to all my mom’s extracts. She decorates cakes, so her cupboard hosts nearly a dozen different flavors, from mint to cherry. Normally, I use lemon juice for my oatmeal, but for this recipe, I was able to experiment with lemon extract. OH MY GOSH, I loved the result. It has such a bright flavor, like lemon zest instead of just the juice. In fact, I liked it so much that I had it again this morning. Encore, encore!

Like my Lemon Poppy Seed Oatmeal, this recipe includes a banana to make it creamy, sweet, and more nutritious. You won’t taste it (as long as you thoroughly mash it before you add it)!

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Are there any foods that you hated as a child but love now? In addition to coconut, my other “change of heart” foods include beans, pumpkin, and kiwi.

Lemon Coconut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1 ripe banana (or half)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, or 1 tsp lemon extract
  • shredded coconut
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now. I recommend chia.)
  2. Thoroughly mash banana and add to the saucepan.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add lemon juice/extract and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and shredded coconut. You could also top with coconut (or coconut-flavored) yogurt.
http://www.theoatmealartist.com/lemon-coconut-oatmeal/

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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.

12 Responses to Lemon Coconut Oatmeal

  1. J. Doe says:

    Oh, so yum. I just adore coconut … must try!

  2. I made this this morning and it was absolutely divine! I added sultanas (because I add dried fruit to everything!) but other than that I made no changes. Seriously, SO GOOD! Tomorrow, Overnight Lemon Drop!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have been contemplating this recipe for months and I finally made it for breakfast this morning. I don’t know why I was so hesitant to try lemon flavoured oatmeal, it’s delicious! I was lucky enough to get some Simply Organic lemon extract on sale, too 🙂

  4. Christine says:

    Regarding foods I hated as a child, the one that comes to mind is pretzels. I couldn’t stand pretzels! They were too dry and salty for me. Now, they’re one of my favorite snack foods.

  5. Christine says:

    I made this for the first time this morning. The combination of lemon and coconut was dynamite! I used sweetened coconut (I couldn’t find the unsweetened kind in the store), and loved how it provided bursts of sweetness between bites. I think this ranks among my favorite recipes from your blog.

  6. Christine says:

    I ran out of lemon extract, so I made this with 2 T lemon juice. It was too sour for my taste. Maybe that was because I used a ripe (as opposed to overripe) banana melted in the microwave. I’m going to try this again with a liquidy-overripe banana and lemon juice. If that still doesn’t work, I’m going back to lemon extract!

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