Maple Coconut Multi-Grain Cereal

Gluten-Free, Vegan, Maple Coconut Mulit-Grain Cereal

This is now officially one of my favorite breakfasts. And if I were a normal person who made a dish more than once instead of moving on to the next challenge after I’ve conquered a recipe, I would eat this every day.

This cereal is so easy and so delicious, and it practically cooks itself. Just put the ingredients in your crock pot, turn it on, and in the morning you have breakfast ready and waiting for you.

What are Oat Groats?

Oat groats are the whole grain oats (with the hull removed) before they get flattened into rolled oats.

Steel-cut oats are whole oats that have been cut into pieces. Steel-cut oats have a richer flavor and chewier than rolled oats.

Maple-Coconut-Multi-Grain Cereal

I like to use oat groats or steel-cut oats when I cook cereal grains in a crock pot because they hold up to the long cooking times much better than rolled oats. And the result is a delicious, hearty breakfast with a slightly chewy texture and nutty flavor that gives you the energy you need for the whole morning.

Cook Breakfast in Your Sleep

Cooking hot cereal in a crock pot (slow cooker) is so convenient and saves so much time, I wrote a post about it. Check it out.

Maple Coconut Multi-Grain Cereal

Maple Coconut Multi-Grain Cereal

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
YIELD 3 servings
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  • Pour coconut milk into slow cooker. If milk has separated, mix with a whisk.
  • Add almond milk, soy milk, or rice milk.
  • Gently stir oats, rice, millet, buckwheat, flax, salt, and maple syrup into milk.
  • Cook on low for 6 to 9 hours.
  • When cereal is done, stir in vanilla and chopped nuts. Stir cereal well to thicken.
  • Serve hot topped with chopped nuts and a drizzle of maple syrup if desired.


1. This recipe is for a small (1 1/2- to 2-quart) slow cooker. Recipe need to be adjusted for different size slow cookers.
2. All slow cookers cook differently. If your hot cereal turns out too thin or too thick, adjust liquid amount accordingly the next time you prepare overnight hot cereal. See this post for troubleshooting crock pot cooking.
3. If you would like your slow cooker to turn on and off automatically, you can plug it into an appliance timer.
Yield: 3 to 4 servings

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  1. 5 stars
    This sounds good. It will be a welcome change from what I usually eat. And your beautiful pictures make it look scrumptious.

    I love the idea of having a hot breakfast waiting for me in the morning. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    We love this recipe. Not sure if it was the combination of grains or the overnight cooking, but it is so satisfying and the taste is amazing; so much more in-depth flavor than just oats. I did not have coconut milk so just used the soy I had on hand and it was still delicious. We refrigerated leftovers and ate on it all week.

  3. This dish is very tasty! We enjoy it every time I make it. Great verity or grains that taste wonderfully together. It’s very filling too.

    1. Hi Julia! Thank you for your comment. I’m really happy you liked it. It seems extra good on these cold winter mornings.

      Thank you!

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