{vegan} ice cream oatmeal

by Holly on January 11, 2011

in breakfast,vegan

Somedays, a girl just wants to eat vegan.

She wants to trade in her monster mozzarella-stuffed burgers for veggie millet miso soup.

She opts for vegan red pepper marinara soup over bacon-laced baked beans.

She puts down that plate of gloriously runny eggs + seedy multigrain toast drizzled in olive oil…

…and picks up the coconut butter.

I am obviously no vegan.

While I think many people happily choose veganism and live healthy, flourishing lives, it is not right for me. But that doesn’t mean I can’t continually focus on adding more plant-based foods to my life. I mean, I’m an Everythingtarian yo. I eat what I want and when I want it.

And this past weekend, I wanted coconut butter.

It could not be easier to make. Take dried, unsweetened coconut flakes and process in a food processor or Vita-Mix until the oils break down (add a tablespoon or two of coconut oil to help speed this up). Approximately eight minutes of blending later, you’ve got coconut butter.

It is deliciously texturous, full of good-for-you fats and if you close your eyes, an instant passport to white sandy beaches scattered with empty bottles of Banana Boat Coconut Tanning Oil, frozen pina coladas and overly tanned Jerz Guids trying to impress girls with their ability to GTL.

Most importantly, it’s the perfect condiment to drizzle over a bowl of {vegan} ice cream oatmeal.

1/2 cup oats + 1 1/2 cups water
1 heaping T brown rice protein powder
1 t vanilla bean paste
drizzle of agave
pinch of salt
1/2 cup Coconut Bliss Cappuccino ice cream
1 T coconut butter


Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I had no idea how to make coconut butter until I read this post. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Looks freaking amazing, chica. ;)

Katharina January 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

YUM!!!!!!!!! Last time I tried to make coconut butter it came out so dry. I should’ve added coconut oil duh lol! That’s what people do when they make nut butters if they nuts being ground don’t have as much fat in them as others i.e. almonds lol. ANYWAY that looks heavenly. I love Coconut Bliss ice cream more than any other ice cream. I haven’t tried nearly all of the flavors, but I’m biased and I can just assume mwahaha


Amanda (Eating Up) January 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Vegan ice cream oatmeal, say what? Genius.

glidingcalm January 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm


Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks January 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Oh no you di-in. That looks delicious.

Jessica @ Dishin' About Nutrition January 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I’ve never had coconut butter but you make it look pretty good! And relatively easy to make, gotta love that!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 12, 2011 at 1:11 am

I have a HUGE tub of coconut flakes and they are begging to be turned into coconut butter. I have tons of coconut oil. But something about making my own coconut butter has been on my list of to-do’s for like 6 mos now…you pushed me over the edge, gonna do it! :)

Fi January 12, 2011 at 3:41 am

Oh this is fab, i cant find cconut butter here and ive always wondered how to make it! thanks! x

Kristie January 12, 2011 at 4:37 am

Alright… the coconut butter on top is one thing, but cappuccino coconut bliss as well?!?! Ay ay ay that is fabulous!

Matt January 12, 2011 at 5:19 am

I LOVE coconut butter but I have never made my own, MUST CHANGE THAT ;)

Nelly January 12, 2011 at 5:51 am

Yay coconut! I have dried flakes and oil sitting cozily in the pantry not 15 feet from me, so I’m thinking this will have to happen sometime today. As much as a dork I am about coconut, I don’t even know why I didn’t do this already! Although…I have been known to lick coconut oil off the spoon…sometimes after dipping it in the dried coconut :D

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 12, 2011 at 6:15 am

I need a FOR REAL food processor so I can make things like this!!!

Maya January 12, 2011 at 6:41 am

Umm you are crazy brilliant for vegan ice cream oatmeal. Love it!

Amber January 12, 2011 at 6:43 am

I love coconut butter though I have never made it at home. Oh and can I say your picture of toast and eggs are amazing! Nummy :)

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 12, 2011 at 6:55 am

Genius. Almost better than the gingerbread chocolate one, but I’m far too much of a chocolate lover to switch alliances. Coconut butter is the best.

Katie January 12, 2011 at 7:10 am

Making your own coconut butter is BALLER! Saves lots of moola too! Coconut butter is expensive as ever! THis looks amazing! Just like you! xo

megan @ the oatmeal diaries January 12, 2011 at 7:39 am

Great description of coconut butter! Haha and I know what you mean, I’ll have vegan days and then I need some EGGS. Lovingg your bowl of oatmeal!!!

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby January 12, 2011 at 7:55 am

oh man, it’s been a while since i commented your fellow jake-gyllenhaal loving self (we might need to duel over him btw) but oh mylanta, PRAISE YOU FOR THIS CREATION. i went vegan last july and have not had a lick of vegan ice cream ever, but this just might make me whip out my debit card at my local whole foods/paycheck.

oh my goodness. still swooning.

brandi January 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

I’d like your eggs + toast AND the oatmeal bowl, please :)

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 12, 2011 at 8:43 am

Oh girl, you have me drooling. Both over the eggs and the oatmeal. :D

dana @ my little celebration January 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

Ugh. That looks SO good. I was actually contemplating whether or not to buy some coconut ice cream at the store the other day, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it because it was a little too pricey. BUT, after seeing this glorious creation I think I might have to pick some up next time I’m at the store so I can give it a try.

Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing,

Abby January 12, 2011 at 9:00 am

That’s kind of funny because even though I’m a vegetarian, I never would have looked at a bowl of oats and thought, “These are vegan oats.” I think I would have looked at that bowl and thought, “These are coconut oats.” I guess my oatmeal is always vegan as well and I didn’t even realize it, if that matters :)

But no coconut–it tastes like suntan lotion.

Dorothy January 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

Seriously…. THIS post is why I look forward to reading your blog everyday. Keepin’ it real.

Little Bookworm January 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

That porridge at the end looks amazing! Love the homemade coconut butter too!

Kacy January 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

I love it when I make a meal that just randomly turns out to be vegan. It makes me happy.

Megan (Braise the Roof) January 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

Now THAT is a bowl of oatmeal I could get behind. I like the way you think. I’m with you- sometimes I really want all plant based food, but I could never convert totally to veganism. It’s just not my groove.

Erica January 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

mmm homemade coconut butter- deliciousness! I like the idea of adding ice cream to oats. I think this would make a really fun dinner bowl of oats

Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

oh wow. this looks amazing. i love coconut butter, but i’ve never tried making my own. it doesn’t look so hard!

Kiley from Coconut Bliss January 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

Hi Holly!
Thanks so much for including Coconut Bliss in your amazing looking bowl! Like many others here I have to admit I’ve never made my own coconut butter but you have provided the much need inspiration!
Thanks again & Have a Blissful New Year!

Andrea (Off Her Cork) January 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Found your site via Mara’s blog. This is excellent! I have loads of dried coconut, so I’m totally going to make some butter. YUM!

emily (a nutritionist eats) January 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

If it will make me think of guidos, jersey and GTL….DONE. :)

julie January 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm

was this your BREAKFAST. oh lordy and i thought i attempted dessert for breakfast every morning but you’ve stole the cake there girl

Katie January 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

When I saw the title of this post I told myself: “Self, don’t read this right now. It’s bound to be delicious, and you’re starving” – but I read it anyway, and now I not only have a growling stomach, but I’m salivating, too. Thanks for that.

Also, got your card yesterday!! You are such a sweetheart – thank you so much! That card was the most perfect thing ever. EVER.

Rachael January 12, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Well, you mentioned to create a picture of the marriage between my first trimester cravings: all things coconut and big, chewy oatmeal cookies. No raisins. From the bottom of my newly hormonal heart, thank you.

amanda January 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm

better you than me, lovely.

i’ve never wanted to go vegan. but hey, it’s either for you or it isn’t. mama likes me a burger!

Pure2Raw Twins January 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I wish more people had your attitude about incorporating more veggies and vegans meals into their diet :) You are such an inspiration to so many!!! Glad you enjoyed our vegan eats for the day, HUGS

Lisa @ Thrive Style January 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I’ve made coconut butter—and it’s so worth it because the jar kind is so expensive!

I just don’t like labels in general…I don’t want to call myself something—I just want to eat what I want! So I totally agree with you.

BroccoliHut January 12, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Coconut butter is magical, no?
I reviewed it in a video post a long time ago, and I think I referred to it as “tropical paradise in a jar.”

Adam January 13, 2011 at 2:19 am

Ice. Cream. Oatmeal. Nuff said.

Gracie January 13, 2011 at 11:10 am

I just got a food processor, and I’ve GOTS to make my own coconut butter! Good to know that you can just use flakes (I was under the impression that I’d have to crack open an actual coconut. Not gonna happen).

Carlee April 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

gahhh gahhh gahhh! ( <—baby drooling!!) That looks soooooooooooooooooo good!!

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