Papaya Lime & Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

Well, I owe you all a huge thanks for this one. I seriously couldn’t have done it without you.

I have minimal experience with papaya. Since I love mango and pineapple, I just assumed papaya would be like that. One day back in my Newark life, my roommate and I bought a tub of pre-cut papaya. We were so stoked to bring it home and try it.

Ugh, what a disappointment. Maybe it was because it was pre-cut (and thus not “fresh”). Maybe it was because I expected it to taste like mango. Maybe it wasn’t totally ripe when it was cut. Or perhaps I just had really picky tastebuds at the time. (The last option is a definite possibility.)

But now, back to 2015, I made this:

Papaya Lime and Coconut Overnight Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist

And it was spectacular.

Here’s how it went down. First, I bought a papaya. For no valid reason. No valid reason at all. And I called out for your help!

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And thankfully, you all were there to inform me that this was, in fact, an unripe papaya (otherwise I definitely would have cut into it!).

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And then a few people mentioned great flavor combinations that went with papaya. These in particular stuck out to me:

Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 2.44.08 PM Screen Shot 2015-08-22 at 2.44.28 PMBoom. That was my answer. Papaya + lime. And coconut, because that’s how I roll. I desperately wanted to include fresh mint, but *ahem* I was in no place financially (nor did I have the ambition to go to the store) to buy some. So papaya + lime + coconut it is.

Papaya Lime and Coconut Overnight Oatmeal #vegan

Papaya Lime and Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

Feel free to add mint if you insist on showing off. 😉

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Papaya Lime & Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup diced ripe papaya, plus extra for mixing in and topping
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • unsweetened coconut for topping

How to make it:

  1. In a mason jar or container with a lid, mash 1/2 cup diced papaya (if it's ripe enough, it should mash easily with a fork).
  2. Mix with coconut milk, lime juice, chia seeds, and salt until combined.
  3. Mix in oats. Stir in another handful of bite-sized papaya pieces if desired.
  4. Cover and store in fridge overnight or for several hours.
  5. In the morning, top with more diced papaya, coconut (I toasted mine), and a splash of coconut milk. This can be heated up but is probably best eaten cold. Top with fresh mint if ~you fancy~. Enjoy!

Just an FYI:

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Papaya Lime and Coconut Oatmeal

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.

3 Responses to Papaya Lime & Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

  1. I’m not a huge fan of papaya, but the couple of times I’ve blended it with milk in oatmeal it’s turned out great. Good idea about just mashing it with a fork; I’ll try the lazy way next time 😉

  2. Cassie says:

    Biggest papaya I’ve ever seen! :O

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