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Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal

Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal

Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal
Having never lived in the tropics, I can’t really tell you when mango season is. But I do know that a few times a year, there’s suddenly an abundance of champagne mangoes at the grocery store. They’ll be strategically positioned at the front of the produce section, boxes stacked precariously on top of each other. And they’re always 5 for $5. While I like regular mangoes just fine, I like the champagne ones even more. They’re a little bit smaller, but I have yet to get one that wasn’t sweet or that was stringy or weird in some other way. So, in summary, I love champagne mangoes and it’s that time of year–cheap champagne mango season. Exclamation point!

I’ve been trying out different kinds of overnight oatmeal lately, but I haven’t had success until I came up with this Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal recipe. The first time I made overnight oatmeal in a jar, I tried using steel cut oats. I’ve read other people raving about using those in overnight oats, but I have TMJ and chewing on them gave me a jaw ache that stayed with me the rest of the day. Not good! I also tried adding cocoa powder to my oats, but it made me kind of queasy–I had to let my husband finish that batch of oatmeal. After purchasing a bunch of cheap champagne mangoes last week, I thought I’d try overnight oatmeal one more time, with mangoes and coconut. And if it didn’t work out, I would stop trying to make this overnight oatmeal thing happen for me.

Pouring almond milk into oats
Well, I guess it’s true that the third time’s the charm, because the Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal was definitely a winner. I find oatmeal to be a little bit heavy, so adding an equal amount of mangoes to the oats was the perfect way to lighten it up. And the best thing about overnight oats is that you do the (minimal) prep work the night before and your oatmeal is done in the morning–you don’t even have to heat it up (although you can if you want)! I’ve been making this with my cheapo mangoes all week and I don’t think I’m going to get tired of it anytime soon.

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Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal

Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal in Jar

Breakfast doesn’t get much easier (or healthier) than this tropical overnight oatmeal recipe!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup mango, diced
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 tbsp agave nectar

Instructions

  1. Stir together all ingredients in a resealable jar or bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir before serving and add additional milk (for a thinner consistency) and agave nectar if desired.

Notes

Prep time doesn’t include time spent overnight in fridge. You can substitute any kind of milk for the almond milk, but you may need to adjust the amount of agave nectar you use. If you don’t keep agave nectar on hand, brown sugar or honey would both work well in this recipe.

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103 Comments

  • Reply
    Adrienne @ How to Ice a Cake
    April 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Oh overnight oats. I’ve seen these all over the blogosphere but I have yet to try them. Maybe I’ll buy some oats this weekend and check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

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      The Type A Housewife
      April 12, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Yup, I had seen them everywhere too and I was a little bit skeptical about the whole cold oatmeal thing at first, but after making this, I’m a convert. After all my trial and error, I think the key is to add lots of fruit so it’s not too heavy.

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    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    April 12, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I’m a new lover o’ mangoes so I will likely give this baby a go. I’m feelin’ tropical!

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    Marianna
    April 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

    This looks so yummy and easy. I like easy! I’ll have to give it a try.

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      April 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      It doesn’t get much easier than this–I think it probably takes the same amount of time as instant oatmeal!

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    Rachel @ Following In My Shoes
    April 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Gorgeous photos — as I said on Facebook, I purchased nearly all the same ingredients last week to make this for my son (lactose intolerant and a lover of coconut/mango) but I hadn’t gotten around to it. Glad to hear it worked so well!

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      The Type A Housewife
      April 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      I think he will love it. ๐Ÿ™‚ The mango makes the oatmeal so sweet without adding a lot of sugar–he won’t even know it’s healthy!

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    Val
    April 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Ohhh- I definitely have been looking into overnight breakfast recipes lately and this sounds fab! I’m not a huge coconut fan though, so I might trade it for something else. I’m also not big on almond milk… does the taste come out strong in this?

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      The Type A Housewife
      April 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Well, you don’t have to use almond milk–soy milk, dairy milk, or whatever else you have on hand would be fine!

      • Reply
        Faith
        April 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

        What about… COCONUT MILK!

        • Reply
          The Type A Housewife
          April 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm

          Yup, any type of milk works. I would have used coconut milk, but I had almond milk on hand. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Genevieve
    April 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I’ve tried overnight oats a couple of times and had mixed feelings about the results too. I haven’t tried them in a long time though, so maybe its time to give them another chance – this version definitely sounds like a winner! I’ll keep my eye out for champagne mangoes too, since I can never seem to remember which types of mangoes I like better than others!

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      The Type A Housewife
      April 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Typically, I kind of have to make myself eat oatmeal–it’s one of those things that I eat because it’s good for me, not because I really love it. But this oatmeal is different! I think it’s the mangoes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just want to eat it everyday!

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        Genevieve
        May 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

        I had some extra mango from a recipe I made last night, so I used it to make this! You’re right, this was so good, and different from other kinds of overnight oats. I put lots of ripe mango in it, so that every bite had a good mix of mango, coconut and oats….yum! This is a much better way to eat oats in the spring/summer rather than hot oatmeal!

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          Kiersten
          May 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

          I’m so glad you liked it! It’s always exciting when someone actually makes one of my recipes! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Kitchen Ninja
    April 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Ditto what Adrienne said. Thanks for this recipe. BTW, our parallel lives continue — I’m also a TMJ syndromer. ๐Ÿ™

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      The Type A Housewife
      April 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      TMJ is just awful. ๐Ÿ™ And my love of crusty French bread doesn’t help! Well, if you do make overnight oats, definitely go with the rolled oats and not the steel-cut ones!

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    Natalie
    April 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I’ve never even heard of champagne mangoes – I must look for them! Did you intentionally cut one into a heart in the first picture? It looks so cute!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      April 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Yes! Someone noticed! ๐Ÿ˜€ It didn’t come out too well in the photo…

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    CulinarilyCourtney
    April 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Oooh, this would be a nice change from my normal cinnamon-banana oatmeal. I don’t think I would like mangoes, something so refreshing, in hot oatmeal, but in these chilled overnight oats I think they would be wonderful!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      April 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      Yeah, I haven’t tried heating this one–I think you’re right, it might not be so good warm. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Kelly Blackwell
    April 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Oh my word! This looks absolutely amazing. I love making overnight oatmeal. I’ve never tried mango in my oats. This will definitely be a nice treat! Thank you for sharing!

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      The Type A Housewife
      April 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      I hope you like it if you make it–after I finish on the computer, I’m making myself some more of this oatmeal for tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Shirley
    April 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I have to confess, I’m not an oatmeal fan. Don’t hate it, just don’t love it. But mangoes might make me love it, because I love mangoes. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      April 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      I like oatmeal, but I’m picky about it. This is definitely my new favorite way of making oatmeal because of the high fruit to oatmeal ratio. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    April 13, 2012 at 11:46 am

    This sounds like my perfect breakfast – I love all the ingredients! I might even sub out coconut milk for almond because that’s what I have on hand and I love coconut so much!

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      April 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Do you have that refrigerated coconut milk or the canned kind? Because I was thinking about buying the refrigerated coconut milk for this. I haven’t tried it yet!

      • Reply
        Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
        April 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm

        I have the refrigerated kind – So Delicious. But I actually like the Silk version better since it’s more coconutty. My mom is a soy drinker and I converted her recently.

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    April 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Now I kinda feel guilty that I bought a couple of those mangoes and let them go bad ๐Ÿ™ I will definitely try again because I literally eat oatmeal every morning – but have never heard of this overnight thing. And you used almond milk, yay!

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      The Type A Housewife
      April 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      NOOOO! Never let mangoes go bad! Especially champagne mangoes. ๐Ÿ™‚ But they are usually very ripe when you get them, so you kind of have to eat them right away. I can’t believe you haven’t heard of overnight oatmeal! It seems to be everywhere lately…

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    c101
    April 13, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    This looks so good! I’ll have to try it. I’m surprised you have TMJ issues with steel cut oats, I do overnight oatmeal with steel cut oats (I’ve never heard of not cooking them though…so, you bring to a boil and then remove from heat and cover all night) and it ends up way creamier and smoother than any other oatmeal I’ve ever had – no chewing needed.

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    Candace
    April 15, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I have seen these overnight oats all over the Internet and they look sooo good. I just won a whole case of mangoes so I will be definitely giving these a try.

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      The Type A Housewife
      April 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      You won a case of mangoes?! I am so jealous. Most of the time, I have to make myself eat fruit (I’m more of a veggie girl), but mangoes are always a treat. ๐Ÿ˜€

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        Candace
        April 15, 2012 at 5:11 pm

        I did! Can you believe it? I like fruit; but like you, I have to make myself eat it most of the time…..except for mangoes, grapes and watermelon. I could live off of those…particularly the mangoes. I picked up some almond milk at the Coop this afternoon. I’m going to be having this oatmeal for breakfast this week. Yum!

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          The Type A Housewife
          April 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

          Yay! I hope you like it! I’m waiting for my mangoes to ripen, so in the meantime, I’m trying a different version of overnight oatmeal with blackberries. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Candace
            April 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

            Blackberries sound good! Have you tried it with fresh pineapple?

          • The Type A Housewife
            April 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm

            I haven’t! But I wonder if the enzymes in the pineapple might break down the oatmeal overnight. That might be better to add in the AM? Or do the enzymes only break down proteins?

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    Brenda Williams
    April 15, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Never heard of overnight oatmeal before. This would be great for me to grab on the way out the door to work. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      April 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      It’s great for a quick breakfast because you do all the work the night before. I’ve seen other recipes with blueberries, bananas–you can do just about anything!

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    Elizabeth
    April 16, 2012 at 11:12 am

    This looks fabulous! We have been loving overnight cold oatmeal since last summer. I was shocked when everyone liked it. We have soaked in dairy milk, yogurt and water and almond milk. We love to add chia seeds! Can’t wait to try your version. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      The Type A Housewife
      April 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      I had planned on including chia seeds in this recipe, but Whole Foods was sold out of them! I drink them in juice a lot too, so I’ve been going through a little bit of withdrawal. ๐Ÿ™

      I think now that I’ve had oatmeal cold, I actually prefer it that way….

      • Reply
        Sunny
        October 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        (FYI)…Trader Joe’s has Chia seeds now (and cheaper too) ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Reply
          Kiersten
          October 10, 2012 at 7:26 pm

          Woo hoo! And PS, you were right–my Trader Joe’s has the edamame hummus again. So double woo hoo! I went there last weekend and stocked up on that and those addictive little pumpkin macarons. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Paulina
    April 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I tried this recipe last night and it was my first time trying overnight oatmel. I make homemade oatmeal every morning for breakfast and when i saw this recipe i was super excited to try it. It was out of this world delicious! Have you tried any other fruit combos? (Bannas etc)

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      Kiersten
      April 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it! Bananas and cinnamon (like in this recipe) are great in this–I’ve made that when I didn’t have mangoes on hand. I’m also going to be posting a vanilla blackberry recipe this Friday and I have a few more ideas in the works. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Matt @ FaveHealthyRecipes
    April 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    This recipe looks great! I would love it if you linked up this post to my blog hop for a chance to win a cookbook prize package: http://ow.ly/aj76a

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    Jules!
    April 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Where do you get those adorable jars?!?!?!

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    Maria
    June 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Hi! I recently found your blog!! I made this last night. I ended up using raspberries because I didn’t have apricots and no coconut either, but a little bit of agave.

    Let it sit overnight and then in the morning added a few blueberries. Was delish!

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      Kiersten
      June 28, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      I’ve tried blackberries, but not raspberries–I’m going to have to try that now that raspberries are cheap and in season! Glad to hear you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Dollie
    August 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Okay, loving what I’m reading. My question is about oatmeal. I have Quaker 1-minute oatmeal, is this what to use? Instead of nectar, I’d like to use pure maple syrup, what do you think?

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      Kiersten
      August 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      No, I use old-fashioned oats. I have a feeling that quick-cooking oats may get a little soggy when soaked overnight, although you could experiment and try mixing everything together in the morning instead. Maple syrup or honey would both work in this; alternately, you can add extra mango and omit the sweetener altogether. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kim
    August 22, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Could you use frozen mangos and let them thaw in the mixture?

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      August 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      I think that would be fine, but I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t say for sure!

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    Katrina
    November 2, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Found this via a repost in the blogosphere. First time I’ve heard of overnight oats. Going to put away the instant oatmeal and give this a try!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      November 3, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      I hope you like it! It only takes a wee bit more time than the instant ones, but it’s so worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    PhoenixRose360
    November 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    This looks good and it’s super easy…need to try this!

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