This creamy bowl of tropical oatmeal is cooked on the stove-top with coconut milk and banana and topped with shredded coconut.

Nothing warms me up like a bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning especially if it involves flavors that make me think of white sand, suntan lotion and piña coladas. This bowl of oatmeal does just that with flavors of both banana and coconut. It’s delightful… and now one of my favorite oatmeal variations.

A healthy bowl of oats that will have you daydreaming about tropical islands and white sandy beaches.

Almond Milk + Coconut Milk Blend

The star ingredient is this Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend. I have a slight obsession with the regular almond milk so when I saw this new version at Kroger (on sale nonetheless) I had to buy it!

I like it because it’s unsweetened and has pretty much the same nutritional facts as their unsweetened vanilla almond milk — low calories, 50% more calcium than regular milk and no sugar! Plus it’s soy and gluten-free!

Tropical oats with banana, coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup.

So if you’re in the mood for a tasty bowl of oats that will have you daydreaming about exotic islands give this little combo a shot. If you can’t find the almond/coconut milk blend, you could always use half almond milk and half coconut milk.

The first time I made this I used a little stevia to sweeten it up, but left it out the second time. I’ve found that the oats don’t really need any extra sweetness — a ripe banana will do the trick!

Tropical oats with banana, coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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A white bowl of oatmeal covered with slices of banana, pieces of dried coconut, and a honey drizzle. A spoon is sitting in the bowl.

Tropical Oatmeal

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This creamy bowl of tropical oatmeal is cooked on the stove-top with coconut milk and banana and topped with shredded coconut.


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond coconut milk blend*
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened coconut flakes (toasted, if you’d like)
  • maple syrup (optional)


  1. Place oats, milk, banana slices, cinnamon and vanilla in a medium sized pot. Cook on medium-low heat for about 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally so the oats don’t stick. Banana slices should cook down and become creamy.
  2. Remove from pot, top with extra banana slices, coconut flakes and a drizzle of maple syrup.


  • If you can’t find the almond coconut milk blend use coconut milk or 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove-top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 305
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 7g

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    1. Amy
      April 14, 2020 AT 12:05 pm

      My 21 month old daughter and I loved this oatmeal! I added some raisins and a touch of pure almond extract too. My daughter is in her picky eating stage now and she even asked for seconds! We have been having difficulty getting her to eat much lately, so thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 14, 2020 AT 12:47 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Amy!! I’m so glad she enjoyed this oatmeal. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it!

    2. Moyave25
      January 23, 2012 AT 12:47 pm

      I have to thank you SO much for introducing me to…cooked oats basically. I never used to cook oats because I didn’t think it necessary, I would just eat them plain with (organic) milk and some cranberry-nut mix. I still think that combo is divine but I am enjoying the warmths of cooked oats for winter. I make mine with a blend of coconut milk and water, then toss some coconut rasps in there.

      You guys in the US are so lucky, you seem to have a much better choice of health-food/good-for-you options available, despite being the country of fast food. In Germany, I wouldn’t even know where to buy Almond Milk!

    3. Katharina
      January 23, 2012 AT 12:47 am

      Hello, hello! Long time no see ;p I heard about that new milk from Almond Breeze! Sounds interesting 🙂 take me to the tropics too! I did FaceTime with my mom today and she showed me around their house (in Florida) and I virtually basked in their sun lol. I hope all is well (pshh they are beyond well!!)

      XOXO, so much love to you!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        January 25, 2012 AT 11:07 pm

        Hiii lady! I hope you are doing well in NYC. I’m missing you here in Richmond. Let’s meet up somewhere warm. 🙂 xoxo

    4. Andrina
      January 23, 2012 AT 12:35 am

      OMG..I can’t wait to find that Almond/Coconut Blend.

    5. Sarah
      January 22, 2012 AT 9:35 am

      Your oatmeal concoction looks delicious! I haven’t seen that particular flavor yet, but I’m certainly going to be on the lookout for it!

    6. Karlee
      January 21, 2012 AT 7:32 pm

      i just picked some of this up too!

    7. Emily
      January 21, 2012 AT 2:58 pm

      hi brittany! those oats like FABULOUS! i had seen this milk in the store but was weary…now i really want to buy it! do you think you could do this recipe as overnight oats too?

      1. Eating Bird Food
        January 21, 2012 AT 3:40 pm


    8. LizAshlee
      January 21, 2012 AT 9:55 am

      I love the new flavor of almond milk, just tried it last week!! It’s great in breakfast oats and smoothies!!

    9. char @ char on a mission
      January 21, 2012 AT 9:01 am

      I wonder when that milk will make it’s way to Canada – my prediction is a VERY long time. They’re still working on getting coconut milk fortified here (and without it, I won’t drink it because it has NO nutritional value whatsoever!). I guess that means one thing, I also need to plan a trip soon – a short one over the border to grab some of that milk! lol

    10. Laren
      January 20, 2012 AT 8:26 pm

      I bought this but haven’t tried it yet. Can’t wait because now I have a good reason. Must try this oatmeal recipe soon!

    11. Steph @ StephSnacks
      January 20, 2012 AT 8:03 pm

      I recently started adding shredded coconut to my greek yogurt – it’s so delicious!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        January 21, 2012 AT 11:39 am

        I totally agree. I love the texture it adds to greek yogurt and oatmeal. Coconut with sliced almonds in greek yogurt has become a favorite combo for me. 🙂

    12. BroccoliHut
      January 20, 2012 AT 4:56 pm

      ooh! Coconut Almond Breeze?! Yes, please. I will definitely have to hit Kroger for some of my own as soon as I finish up my new carton of flax milk 🙂

    13. Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious
      January 20, 2012 AT 2:44 pm

      I cannot wait to try this milk! I always go back and forth at the store between the coconut milk and almond milk, then I buy both. This may stop the constant struggle!

    14. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
      January 20, 2012 AT 2:38 pm

      I just posted about that coconut/almond milk on Wednesday! The flavor is amazing, especially if you are a fan of coconut, but I, for some reason, don’t like it as much in my cereal. I have not, however, tried it in oatmeal….I also kind of like the idea of using it in a curry…maybe?

      PS- I just opened my TJ’s crunchy unsalted almond butter last night. I always forget just how delicious that stuff is! [I quickly remembered as I continued to re-dip my spoon…]

      1. Eating Bird Food
        January 21, 2012 AT 11:41 am

        Ahh.. I like the idea of a coconut curry as well!! Might have to try that.

        I’m super excited to meet you on Monday. It’s going to be a fun cooking class with all us bloggers!!

    15. Stephanie
      January 20, 2012 AT 1:56 pm

      I had no idea they made a coconut/almond milk blend! I definitely would like to give this a try!

    16. ali janine @ This Ninja Eats Broccoli
      January 20, 2012 AT 12:55 pm

      Oh my gosh I want that milk! I’ll have to watch for it in my grocery store next time!

    17. Alyssa
      January 20, 2012 AT 11:44 am

      I need to try this coconut/almond milk blend!!!!!! I haven’t seen it at my local grocery store yet 🙁

    18. Ali Mc
      January 20, 2012 AT 11:42 am

      Oh man, I could totally go for this right now I need something comforting and hot 🙂 yum

    19. jasper @ crunchylittlebites
      January 20, 2012 AT 11:25 am

      i’ve been on this savory breakfast kick lately so that I may up my iron (supplemented with Vitamin C drink, of course – with the savory bfast) but you are SO MAKING me want to go back to my sweeter side breakfasts! why and HOW are you so awesome brittany!? thank you for the recipe! can’t wait to make it! – jasper

      1. Eating Bird Food
        January 21, 2012 AT 11:43 am

        Let me know if you make it Jasper. I’m sure you’ll love it!

    20. Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
      January 20, 2012 AT 11:19 am

      So delish! I need to get this 🙂

    21. Sophia
      January 20, 2012 AT 10:56 am

      Hi Brittany,

      I am new to your blog and find it absolutely inspiring! I tried some of your oat variations and they were wonderful- can’t wait to get my hands on this almond/coconut milk and try this one. 🙂


      1. Eating Bird Food
        January 21, 2012 AT 11:47 am

        Hi Sophie! Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you found EBF and have been enjoying the oatmeal recipes. I hope you like this one as well.

    22. Kristen@Change of Pace
      January 20, 2012 AT 10:06 am

      I love that it’s a almond coconut blend. I’m still not too sure if I like just plain coconut milk. The oats look delicious!

    23. Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves
      January 20, 2012 AT 9:58 am

      Yum! I love pina coladas and have been dreaming of the beach since Christmas! I hope my Kroger has the coconut/almond milk blend.

    24. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
      January 20, 2012 AT 9:30 am

      I love coconut-oats. Best combo 😀

    25. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
      January 20, 2012 AT 9:09 am

      My husband and I are talking about planning a trip – this might motivate me to get a move on!

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