This golden coconut apple oatmeal is inspired by golden milk, the popular, creamy drink made with turmeric. These oats are made with beautiful warming spices like cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric and simmered with apple, flax and coconut for a filling, satisfying and healthy breakfast. Enjoy as is or top with mango, banana, nuts or cacao nibs and a drizzle of coconut or almond milk. This recipe is vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free. 

Healthy Vegan Golden Coconut Apple Oatmeal with Flax

Golden Milk Oatmeal

The key ingredient you need to create this “golden milk” oatmeal is turmeric. We’ve talked a lot about turmeric on the blog before. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory and I like to include it in my diet regularly to improve recovery.

To enhance the absorption of curcurmin, the active ingredient found in turmeric, I added some black pepper. I also added ginger, cinnamon and cardamom for that warming, sweet and savoury blend of spices that go so well together. If you’re missing one of those, that’s okay. Just turmeric and either cinnamon or ginger is delicious, cardamom is just a bonus. If you have them all, go for it!

You can also try turmeric in my Savory Oatmeal with Tempeh and TurmericVegan Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake or Vegan Turmeric Carrot Oatmeal Cookies.

Apple Oatmeal with Turmeric, Coconut and Flax
Healthy Vegan Apple Oatmeal with Coconut, Flax and Turmeric

Coconut Apple Oatmeal

This recipe is easy to make in under 10 minutes. You’ll just need some oats, flax, apple, sweetener, spices and coconut. I cooked mine in water but you could also use a mix of water and either almond milk and coconut milk.

For more stovetop oatmeal ideas, try my Peanut Butter Banana Blueberry OatmealPeanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal and Vegan Peaches and Cream Oatmeal. For overnight oats, check out my Brownie Batter Overnight Protein OatsCarrot Cake Overnight Protein Oats or Chocolate Chip Zucchini Overnight Oats

Recipe Nutritional Details

This recipe makes one serving and provides calories, grams of carbohydrates, grams of fat and grams of protein. You’ll also be getting of your daily iron, of your daily calcium and of your daily vitamin A and vitamin C.

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Healthy Vegan Golden Coconut Apple Oatmeal with Flax

Golden Coconut Apple Oatmeal

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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This beautiful golden coconut apple oatmeal is rich in nutrients, has anti-inflammatory properties and tastes amazing topped with fruits like mango and banana and a sprinkling of healthy nuts like walnuts or almonds.


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (50 g)
  • 3/4 cup water 
  • pinch of salt, optional
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed (7 g)
  • 1 small apple, diced (100 g)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut (12 g)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp each ground ginger, cinnamon and cardamom
  • pinch of black pepper

Optional Topping Ideas

  • walnuts, almonds or cashews
  • chopped banana and/or mango
  • almond butter
  • cacao nibs
  • a drizzle of coconut milk or almond milk


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a small sauce pan then add the rest of the ingredients and reduce to a light simmer. Add a bit more water or some coconut or almond milk if it seems to thick.
  2. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often then remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes before transferring to a bowl and adding any desired toppings.


Start with 3/4 cup water and add a bit more if needed if it’s too thick, or you can stir in some almond or coconut milk once it’s cooked to adjust the consistency.

I didn’t sweeten my oatmeal but if you’d like it a bit sweeter, I’d recommend stirring in 1 tbsp pure maple syrup, coconut sugar or raw honey.

If you’re missing one of the spices, not a problem. Just use what you have.