Toasted Coconut Oatmeal with Tahini and Maple Syrup

As featured in blog post #1: The Mighty Maple.

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I whipped up this recipe for my Mighty Maple blog post when I spotted an unopened jar of tahini in my mother’s pantry.  A jar of something that delicious begs to be opened, and so this oatmeal was born.  I have to give most of the inspirational credit to a dear friend at Pita Cabana Grill in downtown State College, PA.  He serves a Lebanese style rice pudding that bears some resemblance to my breakfast treat.  And so thank you, Hitham, for your delicious flavors.  *Insert shameless plug for PITA CABANA GRILL here.  Visit them, get some falafel, like them on The Facebook, etc.

Back to the Maple…

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Toasted Coconut Oatmeal with Tahini and Maple Syrup

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 teaspoons tahini
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Mix the milk, coconut, and salt in a small saucepan while setting aside 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes for garnish.  Bring the milk to a boil (WATCH IT, it foams #learneditthehardway) and add the oats.  Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Spoon in the tahini and maple syrup and stir until combined.  Add more maple syrup if needed (#sugarjunkies #onemorespoonfulwonthurt).  Remove from heat, spoon into a serving bowl, and sprinkle with reserved coconut and toasted sesame seeds.  Garnish with a splash of maple syrup and voila! Bon App.

Yields one serving.

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Foodie Bonus Version

  • use 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup milk
  • add 1/2 teaspoon rosewater to finished oatmeal
  • add a dash of ground cardamom to finished oatmeal
  • if using steel cut oats increase the liquid amount to 3:1 (that would be 1 1/2 cups milk to 1/2 cup oatmeal)

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Vegan Bonus Version

  • use 1/2 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup almond milk (or water)

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Want to print this for all your besties? Of course you do! Click the link for an easy to print one-page pdf file: Toasted Coconut Oatmeal with Tahini and Maple Syrup Recipe

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