I love the long summer days, but every afternoon feels like a battle. I just get so sleepy! I have to say early mornings are gorgeous and I wish I had enough motivation to take a walk outside every morning at about 5-6, before the whole neighborhood wakes up.
However the evenings are gorgeous too. I get my energy back from the long hot afternoons and feel like a new person. The sun starts coming down around eight and that is just the most beautiful time of the day. The time when I love to go on a walk, possibly get some ice cream and just sit at a park. The sun sets around nine, it gets dark around ten and that’s when I start getting into work mode.
I’ve gotten back into the habit of making my breakfasts the day before now. There’s so much fruit available, that our fridge is just jam-packed, but I need something more substantial for breakfast that can possibly sub as lunch too. And overnight oats are perfect.
Back when I worked at an office, about 5-6 years ago, I often made myself overnight oats to take to work. Of course back then my recipes weren’t as elaborate. I’d just mix oats with strawberry yogurt, maybe a splash of milk, and nuts. Sometimes I added a banana the next day. I packed them in a jar and that was that.
Fast forward a few years and I love overnight oats just as much, but the biggest difference is that now I experiment more with different combinations. My new favorite are these nectarine coconut overnight oats, that make use of the wonderful fruit that is in season right now and just scream summer.
The oat mixture is super thick and creamy, made with lots of coconut milk and some Greek yogurt. For more coconut flavor I add coconut chips and for a fruity twist I add crushed dried raspberries. I’m not against fresh raspberries and they’re definitely a good fit too, but the dried ones add that slight aroma I want and I would much rather eat fresh raspberries just on their own.
Underneath the thick layer of coconut oat goodness are chopped nectarines soaked in honey. Don’t you just want to eat that right now?! It’s a very sweet combination, but works so well with the oats, which aren’t sweetened at all. Once you swirl your spoon into the layers, they combine into one amazing, crunchy, creamy and slightly sweet mixture.
The next day, when the oats are ready and have absorbed the liquid, I like to add more coconut chips and a sliced nectarine, along with a kiwi flower and whatever fruit I have on hand. Figs and raspberries are a very tasty addition, but anything works in my mind.
This recipe makes two big portions of nectarine coconut overnight oats. You can easily split them into 4 small portions or only make 1/2 recipe. Personally, I love the big portions. As mentioned earlier I also enjoy eating overnight oats instead of a more classic lunch and really, what’s better than a jar full of filling coconut oats and nourishing fruit on a late summer morning?Print
Nectarine coconut overnight oats
A breakfast that will keep you full for hours!
Recipe makes 2 large portions.
- 2 nectarines, pit removed, chopped
- 2 tablespoons honey + more for serving
- 400ml (1 2/3 cups) coconut milk
- 150g (1/2 cup) Greek yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 40g (1/2 cup) toasted coconut chips
- a small handful (1/4 cup) dried raspberries, crushed
- 100g (1 cup) rolled oats
- thinly sliced nectarine
- kiwi, peeled and cut into a flower
- fresh raspberries
- In a small bowl combine chopped nectarines and 2 tablespoons of honey. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl stir together coconut milk, yogurt, vanilla, chia seeds, 1/2 coconut chips, raspberries, and oats.
- Take 2 jars and spoon in 2/3 nectarines. Top with 1/2 of coconut oat mixture. Add remaining nectarines and top with remaining oats. Sprinkle with remaining coconut chips, cover with a lid or plastic wrap and store in the fridge overnight.
- The next day top the oats with sliced fruit and drizzle with more honey.