I love oatmeal but sadly it doesn’t love me so much. A bowl of oatmeal gives me major heartburn, it’s so frustrating. It doesn’t matter what base I use to make my oatmeal – water, milk, almond milk, after every bowl I get that familiar burning in my chest, it sucks. To find relief I have to chug down antacids, otherwise hours pass before I get relief. Hence today’s recipe, coconut oatmeal. It is 1 part oats to 1 part dried coconut chips, and a saving grace to my digestive system.

Coconut Oatmeal by Diverse Dinners


I’ve learned that eating foods with high acid content or caffeine after or before a bowl of oatmeal can trigger heartburn, so I’ve avoided drinking orange juice, tea, coffee, or any fruits at all whenever eating a bowl of oatmeal, but nothing worked. My issue, I think, is that my body can only successfully digest a few spoonfuls of dry oats in one serving, or indeed for the day. So I thought, why not mix my oatmeal with something else just as yummy and see what happens, and it worked.

I’m so happy this coconut oatmeal recipe works for me. I still get a little – um – gas, but other than that I’m good. No need for antacids.

Hopefully my body will not reject my version of coconut oatmeal in the not too distant future, because I’m stoked that I have my oatmeal back. I will make batches of this wonderful breakfast to eat prior to my workout session, which is currently at home in front of the TV bopping to Shaun T’s Hip Hop Abs. 

If you have a similar reaction to oatmeal, give this recipe a try. Use your preferred base, be it water, almond milk, soy milk, regular milk, whatever you use will work great. Then top with nut butter and nuts to add another layer of flavor.

Coconut Oatmeal by Diverse Dinners


Coconut Oatmeal

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings: 3
Author: Viella


  • 2 cups milk - plus another 1/2 cup for serving substitute with almond milk, soy milk, whatever milk you prefer
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk optional
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup dried coconut chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey if desired


  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup almond slices

Equipment & Utensils

  • Large saucepan with cover


  • Heat 2 cups of milk, water and coconut milk until almost boiled then add oats, and then coconut chips.
  • Slowly stir until ingredients are combined then lower heat to simmer.
  • Add vanilla extract and then stir once more.
  • Add honey and stir, if required.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes and stir regularly until oats thicken.
  • Cover and let rest for 3 minutes.
  • While oatmeal is resting mix almond butter and honey together.
  • Once oatmeal has rested place in bowls.
  • Pour equal amounts of the extra milk over each serving and then top with honey almond butter mixture and almond slices.