Persimmon Coconut Steel-Cut Oatmeal


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Many readers have suggested using persimmon in oatmeal. However, I was completely overwhelmed at the idea. How would I possibly create a recipe using a fruit I had barely even heard of, and had definitely never tried?

One day, Allison brought a persimmon into work. Seeing her eat her first persimmon–the deep look of curiosity on her face as she sliced through and bit into its tangerine-colored flesh–made me want to try one as well.

Coconut Persimmon Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist

But what would I do with it? What went well with persimmon?

Luckily, I didn’t have to think very hard. That evening, Allison texted me a recipe idea: persimmon, coconut, and vanilla. Bingo.

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My first bite of the persimmon was brilliant. I was confused at first because it had virtually no smell. However, once I bit into it, the sweetness and velvety texture stunned me. It had a flavor that I couldn’t quite pinpoint–just undeniable sweetness. I’m smitten.

This recipe is for two, but you could double or half it as needed.

Persimmon Coconut Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: serves 2

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup coconut water or coconut milk
  • 1 cup water (or more milk)
  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 persimmon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • shredded coconut for topping

How to make it:

  1. Add coconut milk and water to a large pot over medium heat.
  2. While you wait, prepare your persimmon. Dice it into as small of pieces as possible (the smaller the chunks, the more evenly distributed the flavor will be!).
  3. Once the liquid comes to a boil, add oats and diced persimmon. Reduce heat to medium.
  4. Stir occasionally. After about ten or fifteen minutes, add vanilla extract and salt. Stir.
  5. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to two bowls. Add a splash of coconut milk, shredded coconut, and any other additional toppings (pecans are wonderful).

Just an FYI:

I used a large Hachiya persimmon. If you are using a smaller Fuyu persimmon, you may need to use two.

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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.

2 Responses to Persimmon Coconut Steel-Cut Oatmeal

  1. Max says:

    I just discovered persimmons this fall, too. After my first bite and a bit of consideration, I declared them my favourite fruit 😀 But I didn’t yet combine them with coconut. I think I’m gonna try that soon!

  2. Yay! Welcome to the persimmon lovers club.

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