I tried a batch with and without the coconut. I preferred the oats with the coconut as it gave it a touch more flavor and sweetness. If you are not a coconut fan, feel free to omit it. **Chia seeds offer protein and fiber. Some people don't care for the taste. Also, they swell up in the liquid and can often get stuck in your teeth. If you have a big meeting in the morning, you may want to skip them!