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You’re going to think I’m crazy…

frappuccino oats

That’s okay.

My grandma always said, “If they’re laughing at you, at least you got someone to laugh.”

I like making people laugh. So please laugh all you want at my crazy idea for Frappuccino Oatmeal… But give this recipe a chance and I bet you will be astonished at how delicious it is!

coffee oatmeal

When Starbucks starts selling it in 5 years, maybe then you won’t think I’m so crazy. 😉

Frappuccino Oatmeal

(can be gluten-free!)

Recipe from here: CCK Oatmeal Recipes

  • 1 serving rolled oats (See nutrition link below, for all substitution notes)
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup water or more milk of choice
  • 1/4 tsp salt (important to add before cooking)
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules (I use Mt. Hagen decaf.)
  • sweetener of choice

Microwave option: Combine first four ingredients in a large pyrex measuring cup, and microwave 4 minutes (watching during the last minute to make sure it doesn’t spill over). Leave in the closed microwave 5 extra minutes, then transfer—uncovered—to the refrigerator to sit overnight and absorb the liquid. The next day, add the coffee, a tiny pinch more salt, and sweetener. Stir, and reheat if desired. (I actually like eating this cold!)

Stovetop option: Combine all ingredients (Cut the water back to 1/2 cup if you’re not planning to let it sit overnight). Cook, stirring occasionally, until oats are soft and fluffy (or until they’re still a little liquidy if you want to let it sit uncovered overnight in the fridge). If desired, chill in the fridge. Otherwise, serve and enjoy.

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frappuccino oatmeal

Topped with my favorite melted Homemade Chocolate.

Question of the Day:

Do you care about what other people think of you?

I used to. A lot. When I was in fourth grade, I completely gave up playing with Barbies just because some girls told me it was babyish. (I bet they secretly still played with Barbies, too!) In middle school, my friends and I practically lived in the bathroom, always checking the mirror to apply extra makeup and make sure our hair was perfect. (Rolls eyes at younger self.)

Thankfully I grew out of my awkward middle-school phase and gradually began doing my own thing and caring less and less what others thought about it. If people think I’m odd, that’s perfectly fine. Being normal is so boring! :)

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Tricia says:

    I actually mix coffee with my oats a lot and my mom thinks i’m crazy, but who cares? Its good :)

    1. LDT says:

      I like to put tea in my oatmeal rather than water. Chai oatmeal, green tea oatmeal, pumpkin spice oatmeal… The possibilities are endless!
      People think I’m nuts, but they don’t know what they are missing!

      1. Anon says:

        This isn’t really shocking to me…how many people would drink a coffee while eating oatmeal…why not have the coffee flavour IN the oatmeal instead. I like your idea as well LDT, using the tea instead of water…i have a chocolate caramel chai tea that im sure would be amazing in oatmeal.

      2. Green tea oatmeal sounds amazing… I put green tea in EVERYTHING *off to the kitchen*

      3. Zoe says:

        green tea in oatmeal…. hmm. I’ll have to try that, it sounds pretty good!

  2. Hmmm… I like layering my oatmeal with other things like milk, fruit, nut butters, etc. This would be PERFECT if you layered it with your frappuccino recipe, some sliced bananas, chocolate chips and chocolate sauce. OH. Sounds delicious!

  3. Amanda says:

    I am intrigued and will be trying this recipe this week.

  4. Katie! When I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, my Italian roommate used to put coffee in her cereal instead of milk. And I found out that is actually the norm over there so you can just tell people that you just have European sensibilities! Or maybe you were Italian in a former life!! 😀


    1. Inge says:

      I’m not from Italy but I am European, and I never heard of anybody who eats there cereal with coffee instead of milk, but perhaps it’s because I live in the Netherlands so the cultures are pretty diverent. I do have a friend who loves eating his cereal with chocolate milk, which I don’t think is that weird, cause I think more people do that. right?

      1. Inge – I sure hope chocolate milk is more normal than coffee, cause that sure sounds great to me…maybe it’s more of just an Italian thing! :)

    2. Viviana says:

      I am Italian and it isn’t the norm at all as far as I know.I know maybe 2 people that do it sometimes but actually we think coffee has to be taken on its own, not even with sugar if you want the real taste. Although I love oatmeal and this recipe sounds yummy.

  5. vogelstar says:

    Hey, that’s a great time saver – coffee and breakfast at once. I like.
    And yes, we all go through that self conscious phase, in fact I still experience momentary spurts of it today but I can more easily reason my way out of it now than I could many years ago.

  6. I do this all the time! it is sooo tasty 😀 Add a bit of cocoa powder or unsweetened chocolate chunks, and it is now a mocha oatmeal! I’ve also cooked oats in coffee before instead of water. tasty 😀

  7. I think we ALL had that awkward middle school phase. And I think we ALL have gone through times where we care what other people think about us, at least to a certain extent.

  8. oooh I bet that IS delicious! your photos are so gorgeous! they’ve turned a humble bowl of oatmeal into a superstar! thanks for sharing!

  9. looks incredible Katie! I don’t think you’re crazy in the slightest. 😉

    I usually care about twhat people think of me, but I’m working on my confidence!

    1. anonymous says:

      me too. i’m very very worried about what other people think of me, but i’m working on it. i’ve gotten much better!

  10. alyx says:

    I had my very first coffee in middle school! Memories…I remember the first day of school I was made fun of mercilessly for my Star Wars podracer light-up sneakers, so I traded them in for some oh-so-cool purple skechers. After that, it’s just a blur of watermelon lipsmackers, the O.C., and Orlando Bloom :)

  11. Sarah says:

    CCK, your photos look better and better every single day! You have my favorite blog on the web :).

  12. Abby says:

    Did you know I thought I hated oatmeal until I stumbled on your blog a few months ago? Now I think I’ve had your chocolate oatmeal or your raspberry truffle one (my two favorites) every day for a month! I’m a huge coffee lover, so as soon as I pick up the instant coffee for this recipe, you better believe I’m making it!
    I love your creative, crazy ideas. Don’t ever stop!

  13. I care about what other people think of me far too much… I blame my lack of self-confidence. :(
    Your oatmeal looks & sunds (and most possibly also tastes) absolutely delicious though! Can’t wait to try it… :)

  14. This is one I’ve done before- coffee oatmeal. Killing two birds with one stone! :)

  15. I used to worry about what others thought of me and if they didn’t like me, ect.. But I realized I spent too much time worry about it and just stopped. I’m not perfect, but I’m a good person, and if someone doesn’t like me… Well that stinks. But I don’t waste my time on it. Move one and focus on those you love and that love you back!

  16. Samantha says:

    Good morning…I love the tea idea from above! I keep thinking I am going to get some instant coffee and haven’t done it yet (I LOVE coffee flavor).

    Overall I have always kind of been “odd” I think. Definitely not the popular kid and I was more of a school nerd as well. I did get hurt a lot when I got teased growing up, but I just wasn’t good at changing to the social desirable to try and make it stop. I just sort of kept to myself. :)

    I would say I have always been more hard on myself than other people ever could be. So I care more about how I am measuring up to my own expectations these days.

    1. vogelstar says:

      hey I used to get picked on all the time when I was younger for being so small. Imagine that adults still make comments on my being so tiny. I can see now where those schoolkids got it from

      1. Samantha says:

        I never ceases to amaze me what another adult thinks it is OK to say to another. I know adults probably still think it is OK to say comments to you because I also see it against really tall people.

        I totally agree with you, often behind an unpleasant child is a judgmental parent…

  17. L. says:

    Yeah, this sounds a little crazy to me. But then again, your 5-Minute Chocolate Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast, and before I tried it I thought THAT was crazy. So yup, this sounds crazy, but I’m still going to try it! And I’ll probably love it!

  18. OMG, I think this is divine!!!! How awesome is coffee in everything?? Actually…I need a cup right now 😉


  19. Sarahishealthy says:

    MAJOR kudos to you for somehow making oatmeal look delicious. Oatmeal tastes delicious, but usually it LOOKS awful. How did you make it look so good? You’re magic, girl! 😉

    1. Amanda says:

      Yeah seriously, how’d you get that beautiful caramel color?

  20. teabagginit says:

    i’m getting too old to care what people think about me – i try to focus more on what I think of me. it’s so much more important to be proud of who you are and the decisions you make!

  21. I used to cook oats in brewed coffee, it was great and I killed two birds with one stone (coffee and breakfast!)
    I’m quite different from friends and thankfully I don’t care too much anymore what anyone is thinking. I definitely used to a lot more too though, but I think that just comes with age.

  22. definitely don’t think you’re crazy! I made a similar recipe a few weeks ago, called Espresso Buzz Cocoa Oatmeal. It was very similar, except I added chocolate 😀 of course, haha.

    I used to care a lot about what other people thought of me (& to some degree, I still do), but as I’ve matured I’m feeling more “meh” about other people’s judgments, & more concerned with what I think of myself. Sometimes criticism is valid, but when people are just doing it to judge or be mean, I try to remind myself that that is about them & their damage, and nothing to do with me.

    And I agree! Being normal is way boring :)

    1. Karen says:

      Honestly, the people who judge you and say nasty things are usually (always?) the most insecure. Normal, happy people don’t have to put others down to make themselves feel better.

  23. Kristen N. says:

    People think I’m an absolute freak, but it’s ok! You learn to grow resistant to their taunting and besides…. I’m going to be moving very soon. 😀

    Oh, and thank you for this delicious recipe! I don’t drink coffee, but I’ll definitely show it to my coffee-obsessed family!

  24. Erin says:

    Oh my goodness, Katie, this looks amazing. Thanks! When I was younger, I cared a lot about what people thought about me. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve worried less about what people think and become more and more confident in my quirky and goofy personality. We each have something unique to offer and we have to own it and not try to conform to the “norm” because no one is actually “normal.” :)

  25. Hahha I’ve done this before too; haters gonna hate I guess 😉

  26. Karen says:

    As usual, your post is making me hungry even after I already ate breakfast. Couldn’t you post a little earlier each day? 😉

    Or I might have to resort to eating a second breakfast, like a hobbit!

  27. Robyn says:

    Hmm, I do care what other people think of me but not so much as actually change anything about myself! I am obsessed with porridge at the moment! But please tell me what is the difference between oatmeal and porridge?

  28. Kit-Kat says:

    Perfect! I love the oatmeal with the chocolate drizzle on top!

  29. Lissy says:

    don’t think you’re crazy, but I hate coffee, so not something I’ll be trying :)

    Being a kid is really hard. We tell them to be themselves, but when you’re a little strange (or extraordinarily strange like I was) that’s pretty much social suicide. You gotta care what other kids think of you when you’re little, or you’ll end up eating alone at the lunch table until you meet other freaks in high school. And even then, you’ll have to go to prom with a friend of a Jewish friend that she knew from Hebrew school.
    I probably should have cared a little more about what people thought of me.

    1. Liz says:

      Too true. Grown ups who tell kids to just be themselves have obviously forgotten what it’s like to be a kid.
      Sadly, other kids who are insecure will pick on the kids who are even the tiniest bit “different”. :(

    2. Norma says:

      It makes me sad to hear you say that. I was that loner kid by myself and I’m way better for It. I learned to be Independent and fully accepting of myself. No one ever told me to be myself or to try and fit In, I figured It out on my own. That It’s better to be liked for who you are, by people who are genuine then to be liked as a fraud by other fake, nasty people. It was just as wonderful to sit by myself or with genuine friends then and again, because both of those scenarios represented me being true to myself. I would not want to be friends with the kind of people who are nasty to others just because they don’t fit some stupid mold. How could It possibly be better to have friends like *that* then to be alone In your triumphant Integrity?&If you can’t be true to yourself, even when It’s challenging, you’re going to end up not even knowing who you are. Like some of the crazy stars who never learned to rely on themselves and do anything and whatever It takes for some approval and attention. I find It sad. &In fact, I count myself among those who are lucky because I’ll never be those people. The only way In which these kinds of challenges suck, Is If you don’t even learn anything from them. Even now, I realize many people might disagree with what I’m saying and as It turns out I can stand by myself, If I have to, and speak what I’ve found to be true for me.

  30. I guess I don’t necessarily care if people think I’m weird or silly, but I do care if they like me. I’m such a people pleaser. It’s something I’m constantly trying to improve upon. As someone with a strong faith, I should be caring more about pleasing the Lord and not people! 😉

  31. Nah, I don’t think you’re crazy, I think that sounds delicious! And a surefire way to get going a little bit faster in the morning, thanks to the caffeine!

  32. Shauna says:

    Pfft at leas your awkward middle school phase didn’t involve wearing pyjamas to school. Seriously. Everyday.
    What was I thinking!?

    1. Samantha says:

      LOL! You were thinking why dress the latest uncomfortable fashion! :)

  33. Liz says:

    Breakfast tomorrow!

  34. Not crazy – BRILLIANT! Can’t wait to try this one out. :)

  35. This doesn’t seem crazy at all! I love it!

  36. Diandra says:

    What exactly is “one serving of oats” in cups or – better – grams? I could possibly re-calculate that from the calories, but… yeah, I am lazy. ^^

    1. Sarah L says:

      I think it’s 40g, or at least that what it says on my oatmeal package. It’s a little over a dl, like 1/2 cup or something. :)

    2. Alanna says:

      Yep, Sarah has it (about 1/2 cup)… That makes a huge serving, though (especially with the voluminous oats trick described!), so for myself I do 1/4 cup oats and 3/4 cup liquid (milk or water) for cooking.

  37. Not at all crazy! I love this…and will take coffee anyway I can get it in the morning :)

  38. luv2run says:

    haha love this post and i so esp love your last sentence! I love meeting new people in general but it’s extra fun when you meet/know people who are just a little different! (fun to act that way too) 😉 😀 😀 I read someone’s blog once and it said something like, “Sometimes i pretend to be normal but then i get bored” lol :)

  39. Sarah L says:

    Haha, I was seriously thinking about making something similar for breakfast today, but I was afraid to have a caffeine overload (which I probably got anyway – I don’t have decaf instant coffee).

    I used to care A LOT about what others thought of me. I still care, but not as much. I’m coming to terms with how weird I am, and how awesome it is! 😉

  40. Diane Lauren says:

    I think my favorite thing about your blog is how crazy (in a good way) all your recipe ideas are! Like this one. Something simple, but would I have ever thought of it? Nope!
    Or the deep dish cookie pie, or your Samoas fudge babies? Pure genius!
    Your craziness is what makes your blog so awesome. Well, that and the beautiful photos and well-written, funny posts :).

  41. Luu says:

    ooh that’s so true! Being normal is so bering 😀 Luckily I’m so crazy sometimes and the other time I’m just a bit crazy 😀
    Sounds great the new oatmeal variation! I think I’ll try it tomorrow 😉
    Love your blog!

  42. This is fantastic! I can skip the step of making coffee with my morning breakfast and have it all in one! thanks Katie.

    I feel like I care more than I should. I don’t want to let people down, but then I always take on too much and inevitably wear myself down to the ground…I’m getting better though.

  43. Chris says:

    I am not laughing. This is tomorrows breakfast. Thanks.

  44. Nena says:

    Sounds interesting. I definitely saves time. Coffee and breakfast in one! 2in1 :)) And when I was younger it was very important what people think about me. With years it’s change, you stop worrying about it …

  45. Claudia says:

    It sounds really delicious! I wouldn’t call you crazy at all!
    I might just add a bit of cocoa powder for an extra caffeine kick .

    Anyway, have you ever tried out dulce de leche? If you have, maybe you could try to come up with a vegan, healthier recipe… Just a thought! :)

    1. I haven’t! Not even before I went vegan :(.
      So sad… I think the closest I’ve ever gotten was when I tried a Dulce de Leche Luna Bar. Don’t think they even make those anymore!

  46. Coffee… in oats… I see it!
    I could say that I don’t care what people say about me, or what they think, but I do. I think on one level or another I’m always looking for others to approve of what I’m doing to help me gauge my own self worth. It’s a horrible cycle that I’ve gotten better at with time, but it still pops up when someone says something not so nice about me. I think the more confident we are in our abilities and what we bring to the world, the less we tend to care about what everyone else thinks!

  47. I never thought of adding instant coffee to my oatmeal, great idea!! :)

  48. Definitely don’t think you’re crazy, that looks absolutely amazing!

    I use to care a lot too! Middle school and high school almost revolved around making sure I would fit in with all my friends. Once I moved onto college though and developed more as an adult, I started to realize I was happy with myself and didn’t care as much what other people thought of me. Now, I could care less if people think I’m crazy or weird or nerdy or ___. Love the post, thanks for the recipe!

  49. Alex says:

    I was just wondering what to have for tomorrow breakfast… found it! 😀

  50. Valerie says:

    Haven’t commented in a long time, but I’m still reading every day! I love when you post breakfast recipes!!! :)

    Oh, and a belated congrats on starting on a cookbook. All I can say is “It’s about time!” I’ll be buying out the store :).

  51. That, my friend, is no laughing matter. It sounds delicious!!!!

  52. Healthy Heather says:

    Oh wow, that last photo is especially lovely. This post made me laugh SO much. And now I am craving oatmeal. Only you could get someone to actually CRAVE oatmeal ;).

  53. Tina A says:

    This sounds good! We have a coffee shop so I have access to lots of coffee! This morning I added dark chocolate chips, pecans, cinnamon & raw sugar to my oatmeal. Will definitely have it again–it was delicious!!

  54. mrsluckypants says:

    I don’t care for coffee myself, but will pass this on to others in my family that I’m trying to encourage to eat better. Maybe this will do the trick. Thanks for the great idea!

    I think we all go through that insecure stage when growing up. Fortunately most of us grow out of it. I really don’t care what people think of me for the most part. I think we are all unique individuals and how boring it would be if we were all the same. My daughter is just leaving those middle school years where it’s so important for everyone to be a clone of the other. I’ll be glad when we get past that stage, it’s not my favorite one. I always hope that she will gain a little more self confidence. She’s such a creative, sweet, smart and unique individual.

  55. Yum! I have to try this! When I was younger I also used to be a lot more concerned about what people think… now I just be ME and try to teach my children to be themselves too and do what makes them happy (while not hurting anyone else!).

  56. Kimberly says:

    Haha, that girl in 4th grade was SO playing Barbie in secret! I remember coming home from my first day of 7th grade Jr High and playing Barbies with my best friend. We swore not to tell anyone of course.
    I am so thankful to have found your blog. Over the past year we have found my 8 yr old daughter is allergic to milk, egg, and soy. It has been such a struggle to find things she can and wants to eat. It’s all “health” food. Everything we have tried off of your site has been delicious. Thank you. Two questions for you: do you ever use flax? I have read that you can sub it for the fat in baking but I’m scared to try it! Will you make a granola recipe? It’s one of our favorite breakfast choices but I can’t use my old recipe. Thanks Katie and keep up the delicious work!

    1. I think my Genius Blondies are the only recipe I have that call for flax. But you can also use it in the Big Fat Coconut Breakfast Cake. I really need to experiment with it more. I’ve heard it’s great as an egg replacer!

      And I do have the Copycat Nature Valley Granola Bars… just crumble them up and they could be granola! I tried to make a chocolate granola once, but sadly it was awful!

      1. Anon says:

        I haven;t heard of using flax for the fat in recipes, just eggs. You mix it with a bit of water and its supposed to work really well. I think if you just want to use flax in recipes because you want the nutrition you could add it to basically anything.

      2. Kimberly says:

        Thanks! I will try making the bars and smash ’em up. I would love some more uses for flax. It’s delicious and nutritious. 😉

  57. Haha I don’t think you’re crazy at all! Now when you post a recipe for oatmeal with, say, cucumbers and chocolate, then I’ll start giving the side eye 😉

    1. Just today I made a lemon pie with cauliflower. Is that weird enough? 😉

      Not sure if you remember the blogger Heather Eats Almond Butter, but she used to put beets, cauliflower, and even spinach in her oatmeal!

  58. Rae says:

    thats not weird at all.. Ive been doing that trick too and recommending to anyone since then and they liked it. I let it cool and add corn flakes to it aand it was heaven! 😉

  59. Alanna says:

    Not crazy at all… This looks/sounds amazing! So glad I bought more milk yesterday. :)

    I didn’t care too much what people thought of me in high school because I was a nerd anyhow, and I try not to care now but I still do sometimes. It depends, I guess… I care a lot what people I respect think of me, but the opinion of people I dislike is pretty unimportant. 😉

  60. Holly B says:

    I haven’t tried any flavor of oatmeal since I was a kid. But, I think I will try this one!

  61. Sarah says:

    Yum, so trying this for tomorrow’s breakfast!

  62. Jennifer says:

    I definitely want to make this for breakfast one day! This would be good with a little of bit of cocoa powder, too.

  63. Mandie says:

    I actually really like coffee oatmeal! I put Tim Horton’s instant French vanilla coffee in my oatmeal on occasion. Really good! So you are not crazy at all in my opinion. 😉

  64. I’ve heard of coffee oatmeal before and I’ve always wanted to try it, I just never have! This sounds delicious!

  65. meg says:

    I used to put cocoa, coffee and cayenne pepper into my oats. mexican chocolate oats!

  66. Stephanie says:

    Hey Katie!

    Thanks for the post! One question: how do you make your oatmeal “sticky”? Mine usually just ends up watery and not so good. Any secrets you can share?

    1. Caroline says:

      If you’re doing it on the stovetop, try cooking it with a bit less water! You’ll need to watch it because it cooks pretty quick… Use maybe, say, 1/2 cup of water for 1/3 a cup of oats. Then if some of the oats are still not cooked, add a bit more water… but just a bit, you don’t want them to be sitting there all watery if you’re eating them immediatly. You’ll find a proportion of oats/water you like after some experimentation.

      1. Stephanie says:

        Thank you, Caroline! I’ll give it a go.

        1. Thanks, Caroline! I just edited my post with your suggestion.

          Stephanie: also, if there’s extra water left you can put it UNcovered in the fridge overnight. The next day, much (if not all) of the extra water will have been absorbed, leaving the oats perfect and fluffy.

          1. Stephanie says:

            Thanks so much, Katie!

  67. grace says:

    this looks so good!! I love all of your recipes… I would LOVE it if you made a healthy carrot cake/cupcake recipe! (the macadamia nut + chocolate chip cookies were a hit!)

    1. I have this one:
      I’m also working on an actual big cake, maybe for the cookbook.

  68. Anna A says:

    I have tried this for this morning and LOVED it! Made my day right from the start :). So nice! And because it is very hot where I live I ate them cold. Thank you Katie!!

    1. Valerie says:

      I ate mine cold too. It was like an iced coffee in a bowl. Sounds weird, but it was delicious! I didn’t want breakfast to end :).

  69. Albizia says:

    Most people think I’m crazy. It’s not even interesting anymore so I just don’t care.

    I’ve been putting instant coffee (mainly decaf but who cares….) in my breakfast concoctions for the last 10 years and people always look at it like it is poisonous. To me the smell is simply irresistible. My favorite one is a mix of plain yogurt, mashed banana, cocoa cookies, coffee, cocoa powder, peanut butter and some other (not so) secret ingredients and I never get tired of it. If people don’t like it, there will just be more for me.

  70. I can’t believe I have never thought to do this- given how much I love both coffee and oatmeal! Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that just seem the most brilliant! I have to have some kind of fruit in my oatmeal though (usually banana). I wonder if that would make the flavor taste “off.”

    I’d like to say that I’m way too old to care what others think about me, but there’s an insecure part of me that always will. But- for the most part, I do what makes ME happy, without being “selfish” about it. I do want others to be happy as well. :)

  71. Courtney says:

    I am a serious oatmeal and coffee addict so I don’t know why I’ve never thought to combine the two together. But last night when I was searching for an idea for a dinner and saw your recipe, I immediately knew I had to try it! I have another bowl cooking right now for breakfast so obviously the results were pretty good. :) Thanks for the idea, Katie!

  72. LizAshlee says:

    No laughing at you…what a great spin!! :)

  73. Jacqueline says:

    Yum! This was my breakfast today. I made it with almond milk and mixed chopped almonds in and it was delish!

  74. Your not crazy, your a genius!! I love it!!

  75. Valerie says:

    Katie, I just had this for breakfast. It was incredible! I must agree with the person above me. You are a chocolate-covered genius, and I am so thankful I found your website. What would my tummy do without it? 😉

  76. Sarah Spencer says:

    Made this today using 1T chia seeds instead of letting it sit overnight, added 1T choc chips and some stevia. Delicious!

  77. Shelley says:

    yum that looks good! I was going to suggest that a mocha frappuccino oatmeal would be even better, but as I read further it turned out you already had that idea. Silly me, thinking you would forget the chocolate 😉

  78. Lauren says:

    Did you already do the Vita-Mix giveaway? The post didn’t say on which day you would do the drawing.

    1. Alanna says:

      She’s going to announce the winner in a future post… The company wanted the contest open for a few weeks, so it’s not over yet! :)

  79. Emily says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious! If everything could be coffee flavored, I’d be on cloud 9. Definitely going to try it!

    Thank you for another great one!

    You could make it cappuccino-like by adding french vanilla into it as well… Hmm… the possibilities. Some hazlenuts, or some irish cream… (although that wouldn’t exactly be vegan).

  80. Sara Dane says:

    This looks awesome! I’m not a coffee drinker but I love coffee-chocolate flavored desserts; it’s a great combination (obviously I am planning on adding chocolate when making this)

    I played with Barbies and American Girl dolls into Junior High, but only with my little sister. Now that I’m in my mid twenties, I’m proud of my quirky choices and I am not apologetic about my values. But I think we all still feel insecure at times!

  81. Natalie says:

    This is what ive been looking for lately.
    except it needs some cream on top.

  82. Dana says:

    I love your blog!……So I nominated you for a Food Stories Award!

  83. Mia-Ciara says:

    Someone who gets me!! 😀

    I use frozen spinach as a base for desserts! Is that crazy? ;D I think you understand me, right Katie??

  84. Moni Meals says:

    Such a great idea. All I can think is “why did I not come up with this!” All are my favorite things. Great Recipe!

  85. That sounds really good :) I sometimes care what people think, but it depends on what it is.

  86. YUM! I don’t think you’re crazy at all. It sound delicious to me! :)

  87. lisa says:

    Looks good!!!!- as far as your question regarding caring about what people think– this is my favorite answer
    “When you are truly comfortable in your own skin, not everyone will like you; but you won’t care about it one bit!”

  88. Ruthie says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Katie! When I make overnight oats, I usually include a bit of leftover coffee from my thermos in addition to fresh almond milk. I like to think of them as “caffeinated overnight oats.” :)

  89. cwaltz says:

    Icare what SOME people think of me(My spouse, my kids, close friends). As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten better at recognizing when its important to care or not care what someone thinks of me. It’s all about balance. Sometimes it’s good to put others first, and then again sometimes its a MUST that you come first and what others think is secondary.

  90. Lindy says:

    Loving the idea! I will try it soon, but now it is too hot and humid outside for oatmeal I think.
    Maybe you have somse smoothie or popsicle recipes coming up? I hope so :)
    I’m making the frappucino pops tonight!

  91. Bridgit says:

    I’ve been on a NO cook oatmeal kick lately. (maybe b/c it’s been hot out). do you think, maybe, this would work as a no cook version?? I don’t know much about instant coffee…does it need HOT water? I have my oatmeal already in the ‘fridge for the rest of this week…maybe i’ll just be brave and try this Sunday night for Monday’s breakfast. What’s the worst that can happen…right???

    1. Alycia says:

      I think if you dissolved the instant coffee, salt & sweetener in water before adding it to the oatmeal it would work as a no cook version! Instant coffee dissolves pretty quick even in lukewarm water. Hope that helps!

  92. Sapphire says:

    I’m going to make this for lunch, but instead of using instant coffee granules, I’m going to brew a cup of coffee and use it in place of the water. I’ll let you know how it turns out if you want :)

  93. Oh goodness you’re definitely not crazy. What I do all the time is mix 1 cup water, 1/3 cup quick cooking oats, 1/2 banana, 1/2 packet of starbucks instant coffee and microwave that for 4 mins, then let it cool for 1-2 mins then add 2 tbsp almond butter, a drizzle of vanilla extract, a dash of cinnamon, a dash of ginger, a dash of cloves, and then the rest of the banana to top it off. I’ll have to use your idea and try the chocolate on top!

  94. Alycia says:

    Just made this for breakfast! It’s yummy but I had no idea how much sugar to put in as you just said to “sweeten to taste”. I only put in 1 tsp at first and that was no good so I ended up adding quite a bit more sugar! I should have assumed though that I would like roundabouts the same amount of sugar in my oatmeal as I would a typical cup of coffee!! Lesson learned :)

    1. Alanna says:

      Try it with a melted banana in place of sugar sometime — it’s perfect that way!

  95. Renee V. says:

    This is one my fav. ways to make oatmeal! I haven’t done the ‘mexican hot chocolate version’ as suggested way above, but now I shall! I also really enjoy adding extracts: hazlenut and almond, occasionally a bit of caramel. Not all together of course!

  96. Kat says:

    why would i laughed to you… Once, I made oatmel, using coffee instead of water to cook it, and then I stirred chocolate-covered coffee beans in it 😀 It was delicious, I´m telling you 😉 I also like to mix my oatmeal with hot cocoa mix….
    If I care what other people think about me? Not really, I only care what my loved-ones think about me, and that is only my family and a few friends :) Others can think whatever, I respect it (unless they´re telling me what to do 😀 )

  97. Krista says:

    This is one of those food combinations that I would never have thought of. I had some for breakfast hot. Sooooo tasty. Then, I tasted it cold this evening. Sooooo tasty. I may have a new favorite breakfast. Incidentally, it works quite well using brewed coffee in place of the water and instant (I didn’t have any instant around).

    Makes me wonder what other beverages could be used in oatmeal…

  98. Rachel says:

    Maybe I’m missing something, but why is it so crazy to put coffee in oatmeal? I’ve been doing that since high school. My roommate used to brew coffee and use it instead of water.

  99. Veronica says:

    This so NOT a crazy idea. Coffee+Oatmeal=Awesome! Ever since I started following your blog, I’ve been blending all kinds of things into my oatmeal from chia tea mix to lemons with banana. I absolutely ADORE how versatile oatmeal is!
    I must try this particular combination, immediately!

  100. Jacqueline says:

    I did this with quick oats and if you do that you have to scale back the liquid by 1/2-1 cup. It absorbed most of the liquid but not all.

    Trying this again tonight!

  101. Lori says:

    This was so delicious! I just wondered if you could alter the amount of liquids and make it into a baked oatmeal cake? Baked oatmeal and coffee would equal a fabulous morning!

    1. I agree… coffee baked oats sound delicious. I’ll have to work on a recipe! :)

      1. Anonymous says:

        YES, PLEASE! I was just going to say the same. Saw the title of this recipe the other day and was excited to make it this morning until i saw the overnight part :( So i’ll be experimenting with my own baked version today.

  102. Lauren says:

    Hey, I’m shopping for new dishes for my house and I was wondering where you got that black bowl?! it’s so nice and simple!

    1. CCK says:

      I think it was Garden Ridge. I’ve had it for awhile, though.

  103. Jennifer says:

    Hi Katie, I have a quick question for you. How many cups of oats do you use for 1 serving? I tried using 1/2 cup of oats, but it wasn’t enough to soak up all the liquid, so it didn’t turn out. I want to try it again, but I want to make sure I have enough oats. Thanks.

    1. CCK says:

      For this recipe, 1/2 cup of dry oats is 1 serving. Make sure you’re leaving it uncovered if using the microwave version.

  104. Irena says:

    I used to make something like this all the time. I would bring my dry oatmeal mix to work and add various flavored coffees rather than hot water (I don’t like my oatmeal overly soft so letting it sit until cool enough to eat was perfect). I tried it with various teas but other than chai they weren’t very good.

  105. Ashley says:

    Katie, I found never laugh at you for this Frappucino oatmeal. I made it this morning and it is no laughing matter. Yummm! Topped it with banana and mini chocolate chips.

  106. Sapphire says:

    I made it with coffee instead of water and omitted the instant coffee granules…it was delicious!

  107. carolyn says:

    This will be my brekky tomorrow…

  108. Emily says:

    Tried this for breakfast this morning and it was delicious! I love coffee & I love oats so this is perfect for me :)

    Starbucks watch out!

  109. I’m not a coffee drinker but this sounds delicious! I’m for sure trying this!
    Check out my Nutrition blog at ! :)

  110. Amanda says:

    I often put coffee in my oatmeal/cereal! Yay – I’m not the only one. Phew. Love that validation :)

  111. Julia Smith says:

    OMG!! So good!! And yes, I ate it cold. :) LOL I was sooo delicious!MY parents and grandparents wrinkled their noses at me but I didn’t care cause I loved it! 😛 Hahah!

  112. Laura says:

    Currently making this! Will let you know how it turns out. Question: why is it important to add the salt before cooking the oats?

  113. Mariam says:

    So I’m not a complete weirdo for trying my overnight oats with a shot of espresso! In all honesty though it was pretty gross till I made banana soft serve to top it with!

  114. shani says:

    you have no idea how much I love this recipe katie!!!
    it literally is the reason I get out of bed so easily these days 😉

    i have it at least 4 times a week for breakfast (hot) and don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it
    the idea of adding salt is key!! that contributes so much to the flavour

    I used to make my oats in the microwave plain with soy milk, and they were disgusting, like glue!!! thanks for showing me a healthy and DELICIOUS way to enjoy oats. feels like i’m having dessert every morning!

    next up i’ll try the chocolate oatmeal :)

  115. Hey Katie!

    I saw this recipe, and i know you love dessert inspired oatmeal, so I thought you might wanna check it out

  116. Rachel Tousignant says:

    Well I just made this recipe! I am opting for to let it sit overnight. Already looks amazing. I also put a touch of cocoa powder in it.

  117. Hey Katie.
    First of all – I am a HUGE fan of your blog. Especially your breakfast recipes – I think I love breakfast (oatmeal!) more than you love chocolate (and that says a lot, I guess?).
    Second, I am currently making a big ‘breakfast blogpost’. I am a danish vegan foodblogger – and I am so in love with this recipe! Can I have the permision to link it on the post as a ‘breakfast-favorite’?
    I would very much appreciate it.
    From Sara in DK.
    PS. Sorry for my bad English :)

  118. Lina says:

    I just mixed instant irish cream flavour coffee with my oatmeal, just got this weird idea out of nowhere when i saw that i still had some instant coffee left 😀 then i googled if there actually was a recipe like that and found this:D mean i’m not crazy for mixing oatmeal with coffee,or at least i’m not the only one xD
    It tastes amazing ^.^ gotta try your recipe next time 😉

  119. Katie says:

    Not sure why anyone would think you’re crazy. This sounds crazy delicious!! Contains some of my favorite things: oatmeal, coffee, and chocolate (duh!). I can’t wait to try this, along with the other hundreds of recipes on your site I’m dying to try. Love your site! :) Keep your crazy recipes coming.

  120. Kendal says:

    I know this post is from last year, but I have to say this is my FAVORITE oatmeal, ever! I eat it all the time now. It’s just delicious :)

  121. Sabah says:

    Wow, you are so talented! I accidentally stumbled on your blog and have been stalking it all day wondering what to make. I don’t even like oatmeal but your oatmeal recipes look so good that i want to try it. Thank you so much for this amazing site! You’re awesome!

  122. Cristina Toth says:

    This is really delicious! I use almond milk, no water, to cook my oatmeal. The coffee and the chocolate make it so tasty and I sweeten it naturally with Agave syrup. Yum!

  123. Kathryn says:

    Katie, this recipe was featured on Wall Street Cheat Sheet today!
    I’m excited for you! The way I found you was Yahoo featured your healthy Nutella recipe. That was back in August. I’ve been hooked ever since :) Just had your Reese’s cup boatmeal this morning :)

  124. Rai says:

    I use steel cut oats and on the back of the container it says to cook for a whole whopping 30 minutes!!! Should I ignore this and roll with this recipes cooking directions, or cook for 30 minutes instead. HELP!

  125. Ashley says:

    This is probably the stupidest question ever, but do you just put the instant coffee in the oatmeal the next day? Or do you make it, then pour it in?