Book Cookin: Oliver Twists’ “Please sir, can I have some more…mango coconut overnight oatmeal”

It’s November. The nights are getting colder, dates are getting shorter and the memories of summer (such that it was), are getting hazier by the minute. Time to break out the classic books and comfort food.

In this Book Cookin post, I’ll be making overnight oatmeal, a.k.a. gruel, a la Oliver Twist.

…Maybe not exactly like Oliver Twist. This is less of a gruel and more of a creamy oatmeal…with mangoes and coconut…and we can eat as much as we like.

Regardless, overnight oatmeal is a pinterest staple, usually made with organic almond milk, laced with chia seeds and served in a charming ribbon-adorned mason jar.

…Show off.

But, if you downgrade these expectations just a little bit, then word on the street is that this little breakfast trick can be a god-send for early mornings.

Overnight Oatmeal: The basics


1 part Rolled Oats

1-1.5 parts milk (any type)

Pinch of salt


Stir ingredients together and let sit in your fridge overnight. In the morning, eat as is, or heat in the microwave to taste. And despite what the internet will have you believe, tupperware works as well as a mason jar.


Try adding any combination of the following before refrigerating:

Yogurt (1 part, any type/ flavor)

Chia seeds, flax seeds, or whatever “miracle seeds” everyone is subscribing to these days.

Cinnamon, ginger, brown sugar, honey, pumpkin spice

Fruit (any fruit- Bananas, berries and apples are especially good)

Peanut butter, Nutella, Jam, Pie filling

Oliver Twists’ Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal

  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 heaping tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup diced mango
  • 1 1/2 tbsp agave nectar (Or, just use sweetened coconut. Also I’m sure a tsp of sugar or honey would be just fine as well)
  1. Combine ingredients in single serve containers
  2. Let chill overnight (covered)
  3. In the morning- Heat (optional) and eat!

This was actually super delicious and easy. Obviously because I heated it, the time savings were minimal. However, I usually opt for a more time consuming breakfast because oatmeal is for poor orphans and my morning deserves better. But with doing this, I was actually really pumped to eat oatmeal, and the “deciding what to have for breakfast” time was saved!

Some other Dickens- inspired combinations (remember, any milk will substitute fine 1:1, and chia seeds are always optional):







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