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Spirulina Coconut Lime Overnight Oats (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Fruit-Sweetened, Naturally Colored)

Looking for a summery overnight oats recipe that's light, refreshing, and is the beautiful color of aquamarine waters that will make you feel like you're in the Caribbean, Thailand, or on the Amalfi Coast? Then look no further! These healthy overnight oats are bursting with coconut and lime flavor and are naturally colored with blue and green spirulina to give you all the summer vibes. What's more, they're 100% fruit-sweetened and there's an option for a nut-free version. No cooking is required for these oats (bc nobody wants a hot kitchen in the heat of summer), they're easy and literally take 5 minutes to make, and all you have to do is chill them in the fridge overnight and by the morning you'll have overnight oats! So sit back, relax, and take a bite of summer!





Just look at that color! All the turquoise and aquamarine feels! These overnight oats are as delicious as they are vibrant. For a coconut and lime punch that is summer in a mason jar, these oats are it.


Simple, quick, few ingredients, and no cooking required, these overnight oats are a must-try and will make your tastebuds swim in flavor paradise.





These overnight oats are 100% raw, vegan, gluten-free, fruit-sweetened, and are naturally colored (from both green and blue spirulina)! They are also entirely naturally flavored and can be made nut-free (but will still contain coconut). They're naturally oil-free, too, but do contain coconut butter.


I've been experimenting with SO many new recipes in the kitchen and can't wait to share them with you!! I have some really fun and Italian-inspired recipes coming up, so keep posted for the latest and greatest!




Substitutions


The oats cannot be substituted. I HIGHLY recommend gluten-free rolled (AKA old-fashioned) oats, but you can try using GF quick oats or GF plain unsweetened instant oats with mixed results. I DO NOT recommend using steel-cut oats, as steel-cut overnight oats require a whole different recipe (which I've experimented with and am trying to perfect). You may use any kind of unsweetened plant milk, homemade or store-bought. Use nut-free/coconut-free plant milk for nut-free and soy-free plant milk if need be. The chia seeds can't exactly be omitted, as they're a key ingredient in overnight oats to help them congeal/solidify. But instead you could try whole flaxseeds OR hemp hearts (shelled hempseed) with mixed results. You can use either date paste OR 1 very ripe banana, mashed per jar of oats, but it will be a little less sweet than with the date paste. OR you can use 1 Tbsp 100% pure maple syrup, agave, coconut nectar, OR honey (if not strictly vegan) per jar of oats in place of the date paste.


The softened coconut butter can't really be replaced because other nut/seed butters would have too robust of a flavor for these oats and change the color. But if you must, you may omit the coconut butter (but note: the overnight oats will have less protein and less coconut flavor). The blue spirulina and green spirulina can't really be substituted either because these are Spirulina Coconut Lime Overnight Oats. If you don't have both on hand, just use 1/2 tsp blue spirulina OR just use 1/4 tsp green spirulina instead of using both blue spirulina and green spirulina. Just using blue spirulina will make the oats more of a cobalt/sky blue color, while just using the green spirulina will yield more of a teal color. If you absolutely have to, you can substitute the two types of spirulina with a little natural/vegan/GF/sugar-free blue and/or green food dye (just enough to color) to achieve that aquamarine color. But I don't recommend doing this because green spirulina and blue spirulina make these oats really healthy and are vibrant enough on their own. The sugar-free natural coconut extract can't really be replaced because again, coconut is a main flavor in these oats, and the extract is the best way to get enough of a coconut flavor. But you can *try* adding up to 1-2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded/desiccated coconut to these oats if you don't have coconut extract on hand to get more of a coconut flavor, but make sure you use the coconut butter too. And using thin/cartoned coconut milk would help with the coconut flavor too. However, if you're allergic to or don't have it on hand, you can omit the coconut extract and other coconut ingredients to make simple Spirulina Lime Overnight Oats without the coconut. The lime juice/zest is also essential because it's a main flavor in these oats. However, if you must, you can try a couple drops of natural lime extract, tasting before adding a couple more drops until your preferred lime flavor is achieved (it's important you only start w/ a matter of drops because lime extract is SUPER concentrated and too much will simply make your recipe disgustingly citrusy, like lemon pledge but in lime flavor. To only add a few drops at a time, first pour a tiny bit of lime extract onto a spoon and carefully tilt the spoon over the oats very lightly tapping as needed to add 2-4 drops of the lime extract into the oats. Make sure you're counting. Taste and if you still want more lime flavor, add another 2-4 drops and repeat this until you're satisfied with the flavor). Instead of lime juice & zest, you can use lemon juice & zest, orange juice & zest, or grapefruit juice & zest, but this will slightly change the flavor profile of the oats. If you must, you can omit the citrus for simple Spirulina Coconut Overnight Oats.


For topping, you can use unsweetened shredded coconut/coconut flakes, sliced banana, coconut whipped cream (refined sugar free as need be), and/or a light squeeze of lime juice. Or use whatever you toppings you wish or leave this oats as is!



"Future Recipes Sneak Peek" is Back... OH YEAH!


The once-every-three posts "Future Recipes Sneak Peek" has once again arrived, and I've got some really awesome recipes going on in the kitchen. 5 recipes that I've perfected or am still experimenting with and that are on their way to The Dimpled Date soon are:


  1. Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats

  2. Italia Raw Cube Cake (flavors: Lemon Tiramisu, Cannoli, & Chocolate)

  3. Date-Sweetened Matcha Macarons w/ Orange, Peach, and Rose Filling (inspired by a character from one of my novels!)

  4. "The Stella" (Marble Drink AKA Marbled Dalgona Charcoal Latte)

  5. Healthy Açaí Ice Cream

...AND MORE! Stayed tuned for more culinary greatness heading to a computer near you soon!


ENJOY! <3

-K.



Spirulina Coconut Lime Overnight Oats (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Fruit-Sweetened, Natural, Nut-Free Option)


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Chill Time: overnight (or at least 8 hours)

Total Time: 5 minutes (active time)

Servings: 1 jar of oats


Ingredients:


-1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats (AKA gluten-free old-fashioned oats)

-3/4 cup unsweetened plant milk of choice (use nut-free plant milk for nut-free)

-1 Tbsp chia seeds

-1 Tbsp softened coconut butter (AKA "coconut manna")

-1 1/2 Tbsp date paste (Detoxinista has a great recipe!) OR 1 very ripe banana mashed OR 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup

-1/4 tsp blue spirulina

-1/8 tsp green spirulina

-1/4 tsp sugar-free natural coconut extract

-1 1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice

-dash lime zest


Toppings (optional):


-unsweetened shredded coconut/coconut flakes (toasted, if desired)

-sliced banana

-fresh blueberries

-coconut whipped cream (refined sugar free as needed)

-light squeeze lime juice

-dash lime zest

-additional unsweetened plant milk


Directions:


1. Make sure the date paste is made ahead of time or the banana is mashed. Ensure the coconut butter is softened. Juice and zest the lime. Grab one mason jar with a lid or a bowl.


2. Add all ingredients to the mason jar/bowl and stir to combine (stir less for swirls of date paste and coconut butter).


3. After stirring, lightly press down the oats with the backside of a spoon to fully submerge them so they can soak. Make sure all oats are submerged in the plant milk before putting on the lid and placing in the fridge overnight. If using a bowl, cover with plastic wrap before putting in the fridge.


4. Allow the oats to soak/chill overnight. Soaking the oats in the plant milk overnight softens them to an oatmeal-like consistency, which is why you don't need to cook these oats.


5. The next morning, remove the overnight oats from the fridge, add toppings, if desired, and enjoy the ocean vibes! *


*Note: if you want your overnight oats to be warm instead of cold, place your jar of oats in the microwave and heat for several seconds until warm. Also, if your mason jar has a screwable metal lid please remove the lid before putting the jar in the microwave, and/or if the jar has metal hinges, spoon the oats into a microwave-safe bowl before heating it in the microwave.


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