Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Coconut Cream Pie Oats

I was introduced to Ben & Jerry's ice cream on a trip to the grocery store with my aunt. I think I was 11. She let me pick out whatever flavor I wanted. I scoffed at Chunky Monkey; rolled my eyes at Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and threw Cherry Garcia across the floor. Popular flavors begone!* My eyes were fixed on the Coconut Cream Pie flavor and it did not disappoint. So when I learned of its new home in the Flavor Graveyard, I was a little upset. This morning, however, I managed to create a breakfast version of my late Ben & Jerry's treat. Without further ado:

Coconut Cream Pie Oatmeal
1/4 c. steel cut oats
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. light coconut milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract (I use a non-alcohol version)
1/2 ripe banana, sliced thinly

1 tsp. real maple syrup (if you need it)
1/2 white chocolate macadamia nut Clif bar, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tbsp. French Vanilla MimiCreme (avail. at health food stores)
1 tbsp. unsweetened toasted coconut flakes  (I didn't have any on hand, but it makes sense to add them)

Add oats, coconut milk, water, banana and vanilla to pot on medium heat. Stir like crazy. You want the banana to melt into the oats for a whipped effect. Cook for 30 minutes total. I typically set the timer in ten minute increments and stir the pot about half the time. I lower the heat to medium-low for the last 15 minutes or so, but this might depend on your stove. Dish it up and add your toppings. Serves 1 (how sad).

The Clif bar acts as the pie crust, and the MimiCreme gives it a really rich "whipped cream" flavor. The coconut isn't too overpowering, but it's definitely there. If you like coconut, definitely give this a try. Let me know how it turns out and if you make any modifications. I've also tried this with a chocolate brownie Clif Zbar, and it was a match for German Chocolate Cake! Don't get too excited though -- if you're expecting ice cream or dessert from a bowl of oats, you're not going to get it from this recipe. It's sweet, but perfect for breakfast and keeps me full for hours. =)

*No ice cream was harmed during this made-up tantrum. Obviously. ;)


  1. I'm not a huge fan of coconut. Pina coladas I like but flaky coconut, not so much. I think its a texture thing. Recently when I went to buy Almond Breeze I accidentally picked up a coconut milk. I can't stand coconut water so I was prepared to hate the milk but I LOVE IT. It comes in a refridgerated carton which makes me think that it might be something different than the TJ's can that you have.
    My favorite thing to do with it is mix it with greek yogurt + vanilla + 1tsp honey, oatmeal and strawberries. It is so delicious! Very close to a strawberry pina colada! ;)

  2. Your smoothie sounds good! I have yet to experiment with greek yogurt in a smoothie. I've tried the stuff on its own, and can't get past the sour cream-like taste. =/ I'm forever in search of the caramel Chobani's I've seen on a bunch of blogs, but my little town doesn't have them.

  3. Those are the absolute best flavor of Clif bars - can't beat em!

  4. Thanks for stopping by Faith! I'd have to agree with you. I haven't tried many Clif bars, but this is so close to tasting like the actual cookie! =)