Best-ever overnight oats recipe with coconut

Best ever! If you’re a regular A Lady Goes West reader, you know that I’m a big overnight oats eater for breakfast. Not only do I like the fact that the oat combination is hearty, filling and full of a bunch of nutrients, I also like the fact it can be made ahead of time, so all I have to do is pull it out of the fridge in the morning.

Does anyone else get excited about breakfast time? I certainly do. Because I don’t work out in the early mornings these days, breakfast is the first thing I get to do after I wake up. It’s a lot easier to get out of bed when you can look forward to something as tasty as this little number I’ve got for you today.

I’ve toyed with tons of overnight oats recipes over the years, and I’ve officially found my favorite. Gasp! It features coconut, it’s high in protein, and you can thank me later.

Coconut protein overnight oats recipe via A Lady Goes West

Coconut protein overnight oats 

You need all the usual suspects to make one serving, including the following:

  • Old-fashioned or rolled oats
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Your favorite milk (I used plain almond milk)
  • Your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • Sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • Chia seeds (optional) 

Coconut protein overnight oats ingredientsThese ingredients I used were purchased at Safeway and Trader Joe’s, and the protein powder was sent to me by Healthy Skoop as part of a package I’ll talk more about soon.

To make the overnight oats, all you do is measure out the ingredients as stated in the recipe below and mix them together. Cover the container, place it in the fridge and enjoy it in the morning.

A few notes about overnight oats: I make about three or four single-serve batches at a time, and they stay fresh and tasty, so don’t worry about eating it right away. Also, you should take the overnight oats out of the fridge about 10 minutes before you plan to eat, so they can soften and warm up a bit. You can also splash a little extra milk on top on the morning, if you prefer your oats more moist. I do not.

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Nutritional information 

If you care to know the nutritional value, this breakfast, depending on your exact measurements, runs about 400 calories with approximately 30 grams of protein. That’s an ideal breakfast in my book, and one that will keep you full through the morning.

The finished product, before being topped with a sliced-up banana looks like this …

Coconut protein overnight oatsSo much coconut deliciousness in one bowl.

Coconut protein overnight oats recipe

Coconut protein overnight oats

Ashley Pitt
A high-protein, easy-to-make, delicious breakfast concoction.


  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned or rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup of milk I used almond
  • 1/3 cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 big tablespoon of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 big tablespoon of sweetened shredded coconut
  • OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon of chia seeds


  • Combine all of the above ingredients into a bowl, and mix around.
  • Cover the bowl, and put it in the fridge overnight.
  • In the morning, take it out, and let it sit for a few minutes to warm up.
  • Add your favorite toppings, perhaps a sliced-up banana, blueberries or almond butter.
  • Enjoy.


When I make overnight oats, I actually use more than the ingredients above by going with overflowing measurements. Meaning my 1/3 cup is much more than that, because the oats and the yogurt are actually filled way above the marker line and dangling over the edges. It's not quite a full 1/2 cup, but definitely more than 1/3. However, you're safe using the stated measurements above.

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  1. I’m a huge overnight oats fan! I’ve been adding pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to the mix these days and loving it. Your coconut oats recipe looks delish! It might be yummy to add a little coconut flour in–makes the oats taste a little bit like cake ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Emily! Oh yes, I like adding pumpkin too, but something about the coconut flake crunch just made this one the BEST EVER. Glad you’re onboard with overnight oats. Happy Thursday!

  2. Love overnight oatmeal. I get mad at myself when I wake up and realize I forgot to make it! Thanks for the new flavor! My husband is crazy for coconut! Have a great day. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I’m LOVING Skoop, while I usually go for a whey protein, this one is plant-based, but so tasty. You MAY see a write-up about it on my blog tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I have recently found your blog and LOVE it. I find that I can relate well, I’m very into fitness/health (I’m a HS health/PE teacher) and you teach some of my very favorite classes (attack and pump!) Question…is there any substitution or adjustments for protein powder? Thanks!

    1. Hi Amanda! Thank you so much for the kind words, and I’m glad you’ve found me! If you don’t want to use vanilla protein powder, you can always use vanilla-flavored almond milk or vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt. Let me know if you make it. Have a lovely day:)

  4. Breakfast is without a doubt my favorite meal of the day! I get ridiculously excited about it.

    I went through a phase where I ate overnight oats every single morning, so I got burnt out and switched to a different breakfast. That seems to always happen to me with breakfasts food.

    1. I’m really hungry when I wake up, so I like to get straight to it, but I’m sure your mornings are pretty difficult. By the way, with CXWORX, I got a little frustrated with the long holds that were hard to count, and because I was also subbing classes instead of having my own, I just never fell in love with it. I may start teaching it again because I just got hired at another gym. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Eating this right now – it’s delicious and I see this for many more breakfasts in the future ๐Ÿ™‚

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