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!


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)!


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.


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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