Category: Breakfast

Tamagoyaki Frittata

Tamagoyaki Frittata

Tamagoyaki is a favorite Japanese lunch box item, often found in purchased bento boxes or made by a home cook for school lunches. Dashi flavored thin, delicate layers of cooked egg are rolled together to make a large fluffy omelet. It’s deeply savory from the read more

Ube Pancakes

Ube Pancakes

Last week I showed you how to make Ube Halaya, also known as purple yam jam, and this week I’m going to share a truly magical way to use it. Breakfast, brunch, a late night snack…there’s really no time that a person would turn down read more

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

How many times have you heard, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”?  Now….how often do you actually eat breakfast? Yeah, me too. It’s just a lot to expect a person to get up and do everything they have to do to get ready for the day, AND make something worth eating. But I have found that if I have something ready to grab and go in the fridge, that I can quickly load with fun and yummy toppings, I not only will eat breakfast but I will actually look forward to it. These Overnight Oats fit the bill. They are jam packed with healthy ingredients like oats and chia seeds that energize me throughout my busy day, with a flavor that has taken a delightful detour through the tropics.

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Coconut Milk Overnight Oats

I’ve tried various overnight oats recipes over the years, but found them a little bland and boring. Using coconut milk as the dairy base was a game changer! It transforms the oats and chia into a lush, pudding like consistency. Let’s face it, oats are a blank canvas and they need to be infused with flavor to prevent them from tasting like cardboard, and coconut milk does the trick!

measuring cup overnight oats

Then I let the mixture sit for a few minutes, and stir again. Otherwise all the chia seeds sink to the bottom, but if you wait a few minutes they start to thicken and when you stir them again they will more evenly disperse. The chia seeds are what help overnight oats set, so you want to make sure they are well mixed.

portioned oats

Now they just need to be covered and put in the refrigerator overnight. And then the fun can begin!

Overnight Oats Toppings!

Coconut chips, bananas, and chopped dates are my favorite toppings for these. The chips add crunch, the bananas continue the tropical island party, and the dates are fun and chewy.  Overnight Oats are perfect for any nuts or fruits you want to add, but this combo is hard to beat. I’ve seen some recipes that add the toppings the night before, but I prefer to have fruit that’s freshly cut for the best flavor, color, and texture. I like to really lean in to my toppings and add a generous amount to each serving. Go big or go home, right?

chopping bananas

Add a layer of dates on top of the bananas:

Finally I add a generous pinch of coconut chips:


Enjoy your Overnight Oats right away, while the bananas are still in pristine form. Try these and let me know what you think, I want to hear if these cured your breakfast blues too. Leave a comment here or tag us @funkyasiankitchen!

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For some more quick and healthy breakfast ideas, check out our Green Smoothie and Halo Halo!


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Overnight Oats

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus chilling time)
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6
  • Category: breakfast
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian



For the oats:

  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 14 ounces water 
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • ½ cup chia seeds

For the topping:

  • 3 bananas
  • 12 dates
  • 1 cup crunchy coconut chips, nuts, or anything crunchy


  1. Combine the coconut milk, water, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in a container.
  2. Stir with a fork.
  3. While stirring, add the chia seeds and the oats.
  4. Let the mixture sit for a couple minutes and stir again.
  5. Pour the mixture into 6 containers (the containers should only be filled half way since you will need space for the toppings).
  6. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Pit the dates and chop them into small pieces.
  8. Peel and chop the bananas.
  9. Top with the dates, bananas, and coconut chips.
  10. Serve your Overnight Oats immediately.


*I like to put the overnight oats into plastic lidded containers and store them in the fridge. Top them with fruit only when ready to eat to keep the banana from turning brown.

Keywords: breakfast, chia, oats, overnight oats, gluten free, fruit, bananas, make ahead, snacks

Mango Sago

Mango Sago

  When I need a really fast, make ahead sweet, I reach for this Mango Sago. Especially now, when mangoes are at their peak. Even with all of the annoying squirrels racing to get their fair share, I still have plenty left to make this read more

Halo halo

Halo halo

I love traveling: discovering new places, seeing new things, and especially eating new things. Even though exotic destinations have been put on hold, there are still plenty of fun and interesting destinations here at home. One city I visit often that always inspires me in read more

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Ok, maybe a Green Smoothie isn’t the most Asian recipe in the world. But people ask me all the time, what do you have for breakfast? I’m not really a breakfast eater, so I like something that’s quick and nutritious. And when you’re busy running restaurants all day and night, it’s so helpful to have an easy and delicious way to sneak in raw green vegetables.

I whirl this up in the morning, hand one to my husband, and we have something delicious and healthy to sip on throughout the day. It’s also a great portable breakfast for the kids on their way to school. Make a big batch and share it with the whole family!

Some smoothies are so sweet, whether loaded with fruit juices or sweeteners like honey or maple syrup, they might as well be dessert. My Green Smoothie has some natural sweetness from the banana and the coconut water, but it doesn’t taste like you’re having dessert.  It’s more like a refreshing lightly sweet green juice you can feel (smugly) good about drinking every day. Plus it’s not bitter or strong in flavor, so it’s a non threatening way to introduce more vegetables into health resistant family members. This is such a fast recipe you can be enjoying it less time than it takes to read this, so let’s go!

green smoothie

Just 4 Ingredients

My standard Green Smoothie has just 4 ingredients. I sometimes see recipes for smoothies with so many Superfood this, Superfood that ingredients, that it becomes a 20 dollar smoothie. And by all means if you want to add your chia/maca/collagen/hemp/goji/maqui, go for it! But I actually like the taste of greens and I don’t feel the need to mask them. Just a little banana for sweetness (this is a perfect way to use up overripe ones), avocado for creamy thickness, chilled coconut water as your liquid, and a handful of fresh mix greens. I like to use a mix, or whatever looks good. A pre-mixed bag makes it simple. Baby kale, spinach, chard-they blend up beautifully in this smoothie and all add different nutrients.

Another great thing about this smoothie is that all of the ingredients can be stored in your freezer. I like to buy an extra bag of mixed greens to freeze. And somehow I always end up with a surplus of bananas and avocados sitting on the kitchen counter. Don’t let them go to waste. Even if they are overripe, no worries. Stick them in the freezer and when you’re ready for your smoothie, blend them up. No one will know!

blender green smoothie


blend green smoothie

And that’s it-your super healthy Green Smoothie is ready to power your day! I pour them into insulated drink holders and it stays fresh and cold for hours. These are best enjoyed the day it’s made though as the beautiful green color with start to darken. I know you’re gong to appreciate this streamlined smoothie on busy mornings. I love how how much energy it gives me through the day. Take a moment to review the recipe or leave a comment below-we love hearing from you! And tag us in your obligatory Instagram #smoothie pics @funkyasiankitchen.


green smoothie beauty


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Green Smoothie

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Category: beverages
  • Cuisine: vegan


  • 1 overripe banana, frozen is fine
  • 1/4 avocado, frozen is fine
  • 3 ounces baby greens (2 handfuls)
  • 1 ½ cups chilled coconut water


  1. Peel the banana and add it to the blender with the avocado, baby greens, and coconut water.
  2. Blend on high for 30 seconds until you have a thick and smooth drink.
  3. Drink immediately or refrigerate until ready to consume. This smoothie is best the day it is made.


*I used a bagged mix of baby kale, spinach, and chard. You can use whatever you like or have on hand. If you use straight baby kale (which I often do) the flavor will be noticeably stronger and “greener”