Lychee Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

Lychees and coconut milk. That’s it. I wanted to add mango so badly, but I knew if I did, I wouldn’t be able to taste the lychee as well. Considering how rare and special it is for me to possess fresh freakin’ lychees, I wasn’t about to cover it up with the (admittedly delicious) flavor of mango. In my opinion, when there’s a fruit you rarely have around, you let that fruit be the goddamn star.

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What better way to complement fresh lychees than with coconut milk? Actually, I used coconut creamer. No, not coconut cream from a can. I actually bought a little carton of coconut creamer from Trader Joe’s.

Any type of coconut milk would work for this, but I simply wanted to try something different. It was a little less thick than what would come in the can, but it also didn’t have that aluminum taste that’s always present in canned coconut milk. I really hate that tinny taste.

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I also considered using coconut yogurt, but I kind of hate using yogurt in my overnight oatmeal. (Is that sinful for me to say?) Nondairy yogurt–at least the brands that are affordable–just aren’t quite up to par and make my oats taste artificial and chemical-y. Pass. I’d rather just use coconut milk and thicken it up with chia seeds.

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Speaking of chia seeds, if you have the ever elusive white chia seeds, that would make this oatmeal more visually appealing. Those little black spots are such a buzzkill.

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Lychee Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

3 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 6-10 fresh lychees, peeled and pitted
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream or creamer (I used Trader Joe's brand)
  • 1/4 rounded cup quick cook steel cut oatmeal
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Combine lychees and coconut cream in a blender or food processor and puree.
  2. Mix lychee-coconut puree with remaining ingredients in a mason jar or tupperware with a lid. Stir until combined, or cover with a lid and shake until combined.
  3. Place in fridge overnight (or for at least three hours). Serve cold (recommended). Add more coconut milk as desired when serving.

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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.

6 Responses to Lychee Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

  1. Kelsey says:

    Yum! My Whole Foods had rambutan last week, think that would be a reasonable substitute for lychee? Also, I agree with you the about the black chia seeds. My mom refuses to eat them because she thinks they look like little dead bugs floating in her cereal milk…

  2. I’ve never thought of chia seeds as a buzzkill! I think they accentuate a bowl of oatmeal rather nicely 🙂

  3. Christine says:

    Wow – I’ve never even heard of lychees. This recipe makes me want to try them. If you don’t like the tinny taste of canned coconut milk, So Delicious also makes a kind that comes in a little carton.

  4. I’ve had lychees before, but in other countries. I didn’t realize you could buy them fresh here! Interesting. I may have to look for them

  5. Cassie says:

    I am sorry, but I’ve NEVER liked lychees. YECHK. I don’t know what’s wrong with me or possibly what’s wrong with the lychee I tried when I first had one, but I don’t know if I should give it a second chance! Anyways, this oatmeal looks soooooo creamy and rich from that amazing coconut creamer and the chia seeds! It would be like biting into a giant bowl of fruity pudding!

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