Peaches and Coconut Cream Oats

Peaches and coconut cream oats are a healthier coconut twist on the traditional peaches ‘n cream oatmeal breakfast combination.

I think of two things when I hear the phrase “peaches ‘n cream”, those tiny little packets of Quaker oats instant oatmeal that maybe satisfy a mouse and the 112 song from my early college years.

Interesting enough, I roomed with a girl for 3 weeks in the beginning of my sophomore year that apparently dated one of the singers in that group.

Peaches and coconut cream oats are a healthier coconut twist on the traditional peaches 'n cream oatmeal breakfast combination.

Unfortunately, that was about the only cool thing about her because after 3 weeks I ended up spending 3 nights in Motel 6 before finally changing rooms and moving in with random strangers (who later became my best college friends) when her sleep all day, party all night and bring random people into our room at 3am schedule resulted in me losing my mind and starting an all out scream fest.

I take my sleep seriously.

So the oatmeal has better memories. Although, if we’re talking about the packets, the brown sugar one was way better.

Just saying.

Stove top oatmeal with peaches and cream using coconut milk.

Now that I threw peaches under the bus yesterday in this nectarine brie pizza, I’m going to try and convince you to use them today. Sound good?

When it comes to oatmeal, I need to doctor it up. I actually used to hate oatmeal as a kid while my brother practically lived off the stuff. He’d shove his spoon of it in my face at the breakfast table and say “want to taste my oooooaaaatmeal, Gina???” all evil like.

It was mostly a texture thing (which I’ve subsequently gotten over) but also a nasty artificial taste thing of those packets. The peaches and cream one always smelled so disgustingly sweet to me and unnatural. Which is a damn shame because who wouldn’t want to gobble up a breakfast with the word “cream” in it?

Side note – try this strawberries and cream oatmeal for another riff off the Quaker packets.

So my doctored up, real food version uses fresh, summer ripe peaches and cooks in coconut milk for a healthier “cream”. Topped with a coconut butter/coconut milk “icing” and it simply puts the packet to shame.

Fresh ripe peaches and coconut milk make this a healthier version of the classic peaches and cream oatmeal.

…let me tell you what I wanna do, let me show that I’m feeling you….wanna taste, wanna put my lips all over you…

Oops, wrong one. But still appropriate.

Love peaches and cream oatmeal and want more easy stove-top oatmeal recipes?

Try green oatmeal – totally fun for St. Patrick’s Day or just for making breakfast cool for the kids. Blackberry orange steel cut oats take a little more time but their flavor is so good! Or, there’s always triple chocolate oatmeal to satisfy an early morning chocolate craving!

Peaches and Coconut Cream Oats

Peaches and Coconut Cream Oats

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

Peaches and coconut cream oats are a healthier coconut twist on the traditional peaches 'n cream oatmeal breakfast combination.


For the Oats

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 small banana, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk from a can
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 1 cup peaches, chopped & divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla whey protein powder (optional)

For the Icing

  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk from a can


For the Oats

  1. Combine all ingredients except 1/2 cup of the peaches in a small sauce pan.
  2. Cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently until oatmeal thickens.
  3. Pour into serving bowl and top with remaining peaches.

For the Icing

  1. Combine coconut butter and coconut milk in a small bowl.
  2. Heat in microwave for 15 seconds and stir together.
  3. Drizzle icing on top of oatmeal.


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  1. Kate Minor

    I am completely on the same oatmeal page as you. I disliked it as a kid, but now making delicious versions of oatmeal like this is my favorite. I can’t wait to try it. :)

  2. Shell

    This looks delicious, like everything else you post! It’s like you know I just bought a tonne of peaches and coconut yesterday.
    I lived off those oatmeal packets as a kid but only the plain or brown sugar flavours and I would make two at a time, cook them in the microwave with as little water as possible and make it as thick as possible. So good.
    Crazy roomates always make for the best stories, once you can laugh at the situation. A girl in residence told me when I met her that she would lock her door until she knew I wasn’t going to steal her stuff and sell it for crack…

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    That is the most beautiful bowl of oatmeal! The sunlight, the peaches, the coconut, it’s so delicate and airy and the light hitting it…it could be used in a Quaker ad! Seriously, Gina…so pretty!

  4. Sara @ sarasmiles

    Speaking of your “bookmark to blog” series, I just pinned this oatmeal! I just started using pinterest yesterday btw (I think I’m waaay behind on the trend). Also just bought some peaches at the store so can’t wait to try this out!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      You and me both then :) I just refuse to get sucked in to another time trap! Plus, I’m a weirdo and Pinterest overwhelms me. I don’t feel inspired by hundreds of “wish I had that” or “Wish my house looked like this” kinds of pictures, I get frustrated that I can’t make it happen like now! So I’d rather just not accumulate all that “inspiration” ;) Although, I do hope you make the oatmeal happen :)

  5. Ashley - baker by nature

    Guilty confession… Still know every single word to that song!! Peaches and cream oatmeal sounds like the thing breakfast dreams are made of!

  6. Emily @ Life on Food

    I have no clue who or what 112 is? I know enough about the Quaker Oats packets though to know I wouldn’t touch them. Your bowl looks much more appetizing. My version of peaches N cream is a bowl full of sliced peaches topped with milk.

  7. Gena

    Everything about this post–photos, ingredients, writing–is delightful. And I could put coconut butter on a piece of burlap and think it was delicious (seriously, why is that stuff so incredible) but I’d much rather put it on delicious oats. Great post :)

  8. sally @ sally's baking addiction

    I like to doctor up my oatmeal too, Gina. Plain oatmeal sorta makes me gag. Peaches + coconut are a fab combo, too. I once had a warm peach/cinnamon/taosted coconut muffin that was out of this world. I think I’m going to make this combo for my next oatmeal breakfast this week!

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