“Carry on my wayward son” (Kansas) – I’m not sure what it is about blogging that makes me want to sing, but random ditties always seem to pop into my head as I’m posting. In this case, I was thinking about carrying on with all of my great Overnight Oatmeal ideas. I can’t believe no one called me to task for failing to post a new flavour combination last week! But never fear, The Golden Graham Girl is here! (Or back. Or whatever.) And I’ve got a great new summer-themed idea, just in time for the first official day of summer (happy Summer Solstice and International Yoga Day, everyone! And FATHER’S DAY – yes, you can make this for Dad! And since you can make it the night before – if you hurry – you won’t have to get up early to present dear ol’ Dad with breakfast in bed! Win-win!).
As I’ve mentioned before, South Korea may not always have what I’m looking for in the local grocery store, but they do have a fantastic selection of seasonal produce. And guess what’s in season right now? MANGOES! Sweet, juicy and downright delectable, I was more than happy to make a mess making this oatmeal. And of course you know that I’m all about all things coconut. Mango and coconut is a great summer duo and for great reason – they taste great together! Not to mention they’re
healthyhealthful and good for you in oh-so-many ways. As always, I’ve added my signature high-protein twist to this dish (you can always omit the protein powder if you don’t need this boost!) and it’s just as easy to make this recipe as ever.
Besides being great-tasting, why are mangoes so great? It’s the so-called “king of the fruits” (did you know that?) so I decided to go to Nutrition and You for the health benefits. Like many other fruits, mangoes are chockful of antioxidants, giving them cancer-fighting/preventing properties. They’re also a great source of fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin B-6 and also a source of potassium – I might just have to switch up mangoes and bananas for my potassium intake (which can help prevent and ease muscle soreness after an intense workout – speaking of intense workouts, have you tried my Insane Inverse Pyramid yet? I know, I know – you’re just here for the oatmeal!).
I just so happened to have some toasted coconut flakes left over after making my Paleo Toasted Coconut-Almond-Apricot Balls, so that’s what I used in this dish. You can use un-toasted coconut flakes, too – I do recommend unsweetened as the mango brings plenty of natural fruit sugar to this delicious dish. I also recommend that you DON’T skip the sea salt! It really enhances the flavours and brings a certain salty-sweetness. With the sodium from the sea salt and the potassium from the mangoes, your electrolyte levels should be nicely balanced for a sweat-filled summer day, whether it’s due to a workout or just from faulty air-conditioning.
Mango Coconut Overnight Oatmeal (High-Protein)
While oatmeal might seem like a comforting cold-weather breakfast to some, the fresh burst of mango and coconut in every bite of this make-ahead meal will definitely say summer no matter when you eat it!
Author: The Golden Graham Girl
1 cup (80g) rolled oats – make sure these are gluten-free, if you require
1 scoop (28g) protein powder of choice – I used Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder*
1 cup (250mL or 240g) unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup (113g) plain non-fat Greek yogurt
~1 1/2 cups (200g) sliced fresh mango
2 + 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut/coconut flakes – I used Edward & Sons Reduced Fat Unsweetened Coconut Flakes*
1/4 tsp sea salt
1. Stir the oats and protein powder in a medium mixing bowl.
2. Add the coconut milk and yogurt and mix thoroughly.
3. Chop 1 cup of mangoes and reserve remaining slices for garnish. Stir into the mixture.
4. Stir in 2 tbsp of shredded coconut.
5. Divide the mixture into two wide-mouth Mason jars or containers, garnish with reserved mango slices, top with remaining 2 tbsp shredded coconut, sprinkle with sea salt and refrigerate overnight. Note the recipe easily halves for single servings or multiplies for more.
Calories: 360 Fat: 9g Carbohydrates: 50g Sugar: 18g Fiber: 7g Protein: 24g
Enjoy straight out of the fridge – all you need is a spoon! Best served chilled. Every bite will transport you to a tropical island with its sweet, coconutty goodness!
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