Coming up with a variety of dairy & egg free breakfast ideas can be hard; it’s so easy to fall into the trap of serving the same thing everyday. This mango & coconut milk overnight oats recipe is a nice idea for something a little different. And overnight oats are a great option for babies, so you can serve one breakfast for the whole family!
There are lots of different combinations of dairy free overnight oats you can make, but I particularly like this mango and coconut milk version; the flavour combo gives me a holiday vibe! Mango is a firm favourite in our house. I often use frozen mango, as it is generally cheaper and means less waste. Plus it means I can make this on a whim and don’t need to remember to go out and buy a fresh mango.
A time saving breakfast for the whole family
Overnight oats are handy for days when you know you’ll be short of time in the morning and want to prepare something nutritious in advance. They are super easy and quick to throw together. If I’m making these I’ll make enough for everyone, and will often do enough for the next day as well (they keep for a couple of days in the fridge). A little effort for lots of food!
Which dietary requirements are mango & coconut milk overnight oats suitable for?
Made with coconut milk, these overnight oats are dairy free, so they are a good breakfast option for children with cows milk protein allergy (cmpa). They are also vegan, and free from:
Some people who can’t eat gluten also find oats a problem, as there is apparently a high danger of gluten cross contamination due to the manufacturing processes. If in doubt always choose oats specifically labelled as gluten free. You can also try this recipe with quinoa flakes if oats are a problem, or just for some variation.
5 reasons to love mango and coconut milk overnight oats:
- Overnight oats are quick to make – simply measure your ingredients into a jar or tupperware, mix well, and enjoy the next day. Having breakfast ready to eat in the morning with no prep required is particularly helpful for those of us with babies and toddlers who don’t want to wait!
- Oats are packed with nutrients and provide slow release energy to keep your little one (and you!) full of beans.
- Mango & coconut milk overnight oats make a great breakfast for babies. You can change how you serve as your baby progresses through weaning, and adapt depending on whether you are spoon feeding or blw; see below for more info on this. Best of all, they are sugar free, so suitable for even the youngest eaters!
- This breakfast delivers a big boost of calcium – just make sure you use a fortified coconut milk like Koko.
- Dairy free overnight oats are very adaptable depending on what you have in the cupboards. For example, you can switch the coconut milk with oat milk, use ground chia seeds instead of flax, or switch mango with raspberries.
How to serve overnight oats to babies
From 6 months babies can eat normal porridge oats, but if you prefer you can quickly whizz them in a food processor for a finer texture.
If you are baby led weaning you can serve this either on a pre-loaded spoon, or just let them use their hands for the chunks of mango and to scoop up the oats (my three year old still does this when she thinks I’m not looking…). One thing to be aware of is that Mango is pretty slippery, so it can be tricky for babies to grip. When starting out, you can either cut the mango into fingers (which are easier to grip) or mash/puree the mango and mix that with the oats.
Looking for other dairy & egg free breakfast ideas? You might like to try:
For breakfast basics, check on my post on the best dairy free yogurts for babies and toddlers, including lots of ideas on how to serve it. Or, you may find this list of dairy and soya free breads helpful.
Mango & coconut milk overnight oats (dairy free)
- 40 g rolled oats (use gluten free if required)
- 110 ml drinking coconut milk (unsweetened & calcium fortified e.g. Koko)
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- ½ tbsp dessicated coconut
- 50 g mango (in chunks or mashed/pureed for younger babies)
- Simply measure out all your ingredients and mix together in a large tupperware container, or jar with a lid. Give it a good stir to make sure the oats are fully covered by the liquid.
- Keep in the fridge overnight, allowing the oats and ground flax seeds to soak up the coconut milk and give the frozen fruit (if using) time to defrost.
- The next morning all you need to do is dish up and enjoy! If you like you can loosen with some extra coconut milk, and top with a squeeze of honey (for over ones only); vegans can use maple syrup instead.
- The recipe amounts are for one serving, but this can easily be doubled, tripled or more!
- From 6 months babies can eat normal porridge oats, but if you prefer you can quickly whizz them in a food processor for a finer texture.
- Mango is pretty slippery, so it can be tricky for babies to grip. When starting out, you can either cut the mango into fingers (which are easier to grip) or mash/puree the mango and mix that with the oats.
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