Flavorful and comforting, this golden coconut oatmeal is inspired by golden milk, which is an Indian drink with roots in Ayurveda. This healthy turmeric oatmeal is golden in color with all the wonderful spicy flavors and benefits of a turmeric latte in a bowl!
When I think about turmeric, I immediately think of Indian cuisine. Turmeric is the main ingredient in many curries and has a wonderful warm but slightly bitter taste. Turmeric is such a special spice because it turns everything it touches a lovely golden color. It also has lots of different health benefits. The turmeric root is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, making it a popular supplement. It is also a key ingredient in a drink called golden milk.
What is Golden Milk?
In recent years, a drink called “golden milk” has become popular at coffee shops and juice bars in the USA. Golden milk is an Indian latte made with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and other spices. This drink is based in the tradition of Ayurveda. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life”. Ayurveda is a holistic healing system with historical roots in ancient India. You can learn more about it here. There is not much scientific evidence that proves Ayurveda’s effectiveness, but I do think that the notion of using plants and herbs for their unique health benefits is important (I’m not a medical professional FYI!)
I find a cup of golden milk to be so delicious. When you pair the spicy and earthy flavors of turmeric and black pepper with creamy milk (y’all know it’s oat milk for me), magic happens! You know what is also creamy? Oatmeal! So creating a bowl of golden milk inspired turmeric oats just seemed natural. And so golden coconut oatmeal was born!
Golden Coconut Oatmeal Ingredients
The ingredient that is most important to this golden coconut oatmeal recipe (besides the turmeric and spices) is the shredded coconut! Make sure that you toast the coconut before adding it to the oatmeal. Toasting coconut is important because it brings out a lot of depth and nuttiness. This adds great flavor and texture to anything you add it to. Toasting coconut is super easy. Just add the coconut to a pan and cook on low until the coconut turns golden brown. For this golden coconut oatmeal recipe make sure to reserve some of your toasted coconut to use as a topping!
Coconut milk is another important ingredient. Be sure to use a light coconut milk so that the oatmeal doesn’t get too creamy. Oatmeal is already a creamy dish, so adding a thick milk can make it overwhelming. If you can’t get your hands on coconut milk, that’s ok! You can definitely use a different plant milk to make this recipe. I’d recommend oat milk over almond milk because almond milk tends to be more watery.
Also, make sure you use whole rolled oats rather than instant oats. My favorite oats are Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats.
As for toppings for the golden coconut oatmeal, I used the leftover toasted coconut, cashews, almonds, berries, dates, and peanut butter. But free to get creative with the toppings! Sunbutter could be extremely delicious, as well as apples and bananas. Caramelized bananas would also be incredible because of their sweetness, and I have a recipe for those right here!
I hope you give this oatmeal a try. If you do, please leave a comment below as well as a review! Also feel free to share on Pinterest. Let’s get into the recipe!
- 1/2 cup whole rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- 4 tbs unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- pinch of black pepper
- optional: pure maple syrup or raw honey to sweeten
- Place water, coconut milk, oats, chia seeds, salt, pepper, turmeric, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon into a large pot. Cook on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally so the oats don't stick to the bottom of the pot. When the oats are done, remove from the heat.
- While the oats are cooking, place whole cloves and shredded coconut into a small pan. Cook on low until the coconut turns golden brown.
- Discard the cloves and stir 2 tbs of toasted coconut into the oatmeal, reserving the rest for garnish.
- Scoop oatmeal into a bowl and top with remaining toasted coconut, nuts, seeds, fruit, or whatever you like!
- You can mix in about 2 tbs of pure maple syrup or add a drizzle of honey to sweeten the oatmeal.
Serving Size:1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275
Nutrition information is not always accurate.