Mom-Approved Breakfast in Bed: Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

chocolate coconut overnight oatmeal by jane maynard
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What I like most about Mother’s Day is my kids making really cute cards that I love to read, and then having a full day to myself with no interruptions.

That’s right, I take a break from motherhood on Mother’s Day! My husband thinks it’s weird, but I think it makes total sense.

There’s one more reason I love Mother’s Day: breakfast in bed. I wake up and STAY IN BED, have people bring me delicious food, and don’t have to make food for anyone else. It’s kind of the best thing ever.

I am lucky enough to have a husband who makes fabulous breakfasts with my kids. But whether or not your family is handy in the kitchen, it is possible to get a breakfast you will want to eat come Mother’s Day morning, with little to no effort on your part!

Here are a few tips to help your family make you a great breakfast in bed!

  • Buy a tray! If you don’t already have a serving tray with handles, get one! We have a few handled trays that we use all the time, and they’re especially perfect for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day breakfasts in bed!
  • Pick up some pastries the day before. Better yet, get frozen pastries from the grocery store that can rise over night and just have to bake in the morning. (Trader Joe’s chocolate croissants from the freezer section are delish!)
  • Have easy to prep fruit on hand. Whether you make a fruit salad the day before or simply have fruit that doesn’t need any preparation (like bananas and oranges), it’s delicious and easy for kids to throw on the tray.
  • Make sure your favorite cereal is in the pantry. No, it’s not fancy, but it’s still delicious and something kids can make!
  • Provide your family with a few easy breakfast recipes. Better yet, find a recipe that can be made a day or two before, like the overnight oatmeal recipe below.

Yes, it’s the thought that counts and, in the end, it doesn’t really matter what your kids feed you on Mother’s Day morning. BUT … you work hard and you deserve some deliciousness!

I have come up with the perfect dish for breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day: Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oatmeal. The recipe needs to be made a day in advance, so you can help with the prep without cutting into your precious Mother’s Day morning. Technically, this recipe is so easy your family might not need your help at all!

Image source: Jane Maynard
Image source: Jane Maynard

If your kids like to get creative in the kitchen, they can also try different flavors of overnight oatmeal besides chocolate and coconut. The basic ingredients are equal parts oats and milk. You can use the recipe below as a guide for adding in extras or just experiment. Fruits, nuts, chia seeds, coconut, honey, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and even yogurt are all great ingredients to add in. And a lot of those foods make a pretty garnish when it’s time to serve, so the kids can make your breakfast extra fancy!

Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Fridge Time: Overnight
Makes: 6 servings (approximately 1/2 cup per serving)


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled, old-fashioned oats (not instant, quick cooking, or steel cut)
  • 1 1/2 cups canned coconut milk (one 13.5-ounce can)
  • 1/2 cup, plus more for garnish, unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 ounces, plus more for garnish, grated semisweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Mix all ingredients well in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Serve cold out of the fridge or warmed in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, depending on your preference. Garnish with chocolate shavings and/or shredded coconut.
  3. Oatmeal will keep well stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
chocolate coconut overnight oatmeal by @janemaynard
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