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coconut cream strawberry polenta

It’s been approximately…way too long since I’ve shared a breakfast recipe with you.

Not to worry though because it’s making an appearance today.

And it’s still my favorite meal.


Nothing like ruining your appetite for dinner by making this at 4:30pm.  Let’s just call it an early bird special.


I’ve now had polenta a handful of times and definitely conclude it can go sweet or savory very easily.  With this particular bowl it’s the drizzle of sweetness and pinch salt that bring the flavors full circle, making this a crowd pleasing breakfast.


While it’s been incredibly hot in the afternoon around here, with all of the windows open and ceiling fans on in the morning we’ve had nice chill running through the house.  And this is just the bowl to warm me right up but not make me sweat.  I’ll leave it to the coffee to make me sweat.

The chilled strawberries and drizzle of ice cold coconut milk also help to balance out the heat.


My favorite thing about polenta?  Okay, besides the thick creamy texture and light corn flavor…

It cooks in 5 minutes!


Print this!

Coconut Cream Strawberry Polenta [serves ~3 breakfast portions]

  • 1 cup polenta [corn grits]
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1.5 cups light canned coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut
  • 6-8 strawberries, sliced
  1. Preheat your oven to a low broil and spread the coconut on a small baking sheet.
  2. In a medium/large sized pot bring the water and coconut milk to a boil over medium-high, then whisk in the polenta until combined.
  3. Cover and reduce heat to simmer and set your timer to 5 minutes.  Leave the cover on during this time.
  4. Place your baking sheet on the top rack in the oven and leave the oven door cracked.  If your oven only has high-broil, place the sheet on the center rack.
  5. Closely monitor the coconut and turn once when it starts to brown.  This should take 2-4 minutes.  Remove when golden brown and set aside.  It will burn very quickly.
  6. Remove lid from the pot and whisk in the coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt.  If the mixture has become too thick, thin it out with a little more coconut milk or water.  If it’s too thin continue to whisk until it thickens.
  7. Place in bowls, top with strawberries and toasted coconut, and drizzle chilled coconut milk overtop.

notes:  Coconut butter can be used in place of coconut oil.  If you don’t like coconut sub in soy or almond milk and use Earth Balance instead of coconut oil.


A polenta recipe twice in one week?

No apologies.

Happy weekend!


Reader Comments (32)

Waw, polenta for breakfast! Great idea!
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTine
I'm seriously drooling over here! I've already eaten my yummy chia pudding but now I want this breakfast! What a fabulous way to change things up... you're a breakfast genius I've decided :)
Add strawberries and coconut to anything and I'm sold!! Looks amazing :)
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
Yum this looks amazing!! I love coconut :)
Holy crap that looks delicious (and easy!). I will definitely try this--never though to make polenta sweet!
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertaylor
This reminds me of how I love cornbread- cold milk poured on top and a dollop of jam. The fruit and corn combo is phenomenal.
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
This looks delicious!! I think I will have to make it this weekend :-)
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey @ Pas de Deux
I still remember my first time trying polenta (savory) and loving it, so I am definitely up for a sweet version!
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
I never would have thought to make a breakfast/sweet polenta! This is such a cool idea and I can't wait to try it.
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJesse @OutToLunchC
Never ever would I have thought to make sweet polenta...that's why I have you as a friend. Love this! Oh, and I eat dinner around 4:30 every dang day, no harm done.
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Sweet polenta--a most intriguing idea! Although I guess it's pretty similar to grits with butter and maple syrup, albeit with different flavors. The real surprise for me is the coconut milk--sounds fabulous!
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
I've never thought to put a sweet spin on polenta. Looks really good!
This sounds fabulous! What a treat!
Love this--Ihad a really good polenta gorgonzola plate at a wine bar last week...came with asparagus, fried eggs, grapes, and an amazing honey balsamic dressing. I've been on a polenta kick ever since so I'll have to try this!!
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErika
Okay, I'll admit it. I've never had polenta. But I'm sure I would LOVE it.
I love polenta but I don't often eat it sweet - this sounds fantastic!
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay
I've never had polenta before, but I'm sure I would love this! It looks like a great change from the usual oatmeal. I can't wait to try it. I just bought a big box of blueberries, so I think I'll try a blueberry version.
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
Ohmygosh. I've been wanting to try polenta for breakfast for ages!! This looks like the perfect recipe:) Thanks!
July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKylie @ immaeatthat
Coconut and strawberries?! Does it get any better! Thanks for the post-have a great weekend!

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July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Blissful Baker
I was just thinking how much I miss your breakfast posts!! Looks delicious... Mmmm polenta...
July 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
oh my that looks GOOD!
Never had polenta. This actually sounds pretty good and a yummy switch up from usual breakfasts go tos.
July 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia the mexigarian
Oh geez, now I'm hungry!
I absolutely LOVE coconut! Definitely going to have to give this a try soon.
I've never thought of using polenta in a sweet dish--I always associate it with savory foods. Interesting!
July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLISA
Very informative. Love the content. Thanks.
July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevN
Strawberries are best when they are sweet and reddish. Sometimes just seeing them makes me very delighted.
August 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGluten Free Breakfast
This sounds amazing, I love the use of strawberries and coconut together. The photos are wonderful.
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAll That I'm Eating
I have never thought of polenta being something you can eat sweet. What a great mix of flavors you have here!
August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany
Great recipe. I've never thought about using polenta this way - but great breakfast optin.
August 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjules
Delicious! and so quick to put together too! Yummy with all kinds of fruit. We all enjoyed it. Thank you!
April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCécile
This looks amazing! So delicious - I love polenta but I've never made it with fruit! :)
May 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersara
This is delish! Subbed blueberries for strawberries. Simple, hearty and kid-approved.
April 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdawn

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