Almond Joy Overnight Oats

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These Almond Joy Overnight Oats make for a great nutritious and filling breakfast. These oats taste like an Almond Joy®, complete with chocolate, coconut, and nuts! Make them the night before and have a delicious breakfast ready in the morning.

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Almond Joy Overnight Oats

Announcing the return of overnight oats, and right in time for your New Year’s Resolutions! Overnight oats are one of the best ways to stay on track for eating healthy breakfasts. They are ready when you wake up, so no excuses!

Although you likely wouldn’t want to make any excuses waking up to this dessert-esque breakfast. Almond Joy® Overnight Oats taste like a candy bar–and that makes breakfast anything but boring!

They’ve got all the delicious flavors from an Almond Joy candy bar: coconut, chocolate, and almonds! We’ve got flaked coconut and coconut extract, cocoa powder, and almonds to top off  the oats.

Ingredient shot--image of all the ingredients in Almond Joy Overnight Oats.

Ingredients

  • Milk. Any milk works in overnight oats. We like to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk best in this recipe.
  • Oats. I recommend old-fashioned oats for best results. Steel-cut oats are overly chewy and don’t soften enough; quick oats absorb more liquid, leaving you with less overall texture.
  • Special Dark® Cocoa Powder. This cocoa powder from Hershey’s contributes the deep and intense chocolate flavor to these oats. I highly recommend using Special Dark cocoa powder (which is a Dutch-process cocoa powder) as opposed to plain (natural) cocoa powder. Any Dutch-process cocoa powder will work, but Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder is readily available at most grocery stores.
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes. Along with the oats, the coconut softens a great deal overnight. If you’d rather have crisp coconut flakes, leave them out of the overnight mixture and use them as a topping the next morning.

Process shots--images of all the Almond Joy Overnight Oats ingredients being added to a bowl, mixed together, and transferred to a jar.

Ingredients, continued

  • Maple Syrup: This is my favorite sweetener to add to overnight oats. Depending on how sweet you like your breakfast, you can scale this amount up or down. I’d recommend at least 1 tablespoon and up to 2 tablespoons for a sweeter breakfast. Liquid stevia drops can be used in place of maple syrup for a natural zero-calorie sweetener.
  • Almond and coconut extracts: These extracts add subtle flavor to the oats. While they certainly increase the “Almond Joy” flavor, these extracts aren’t entirely necessary, so don’t worry if you don’t have them on hand. I find both almond and coconut extract to be fairly strong, so one or two drops is plenty. If you’d like a stronger flavor, increase to taste preference.
  • Salt:  This ingredient helps intensify flavors and balance all the ingredients in Almond Joy Overnight Oats.
  • Yogurt. We love Greek Gods® Honey Vanilla Yogurt in these overnight oats. Whatever yogurt you choose to use, I recommend using a yogurt you enjoy eating plain. If you don’t like eating it straight out of the container, you likely won’t like the flavor it gives these oats. Make sure to get a Greek yogurt that doesn’t have an overpowering flavor, or that’s pretty much all you’ll end up tasting. 

Almond Joy Overnight Oat toppings

These oats are still amazing without any toppings at all. That said, if you’d like to add some toppings these are our favorites:

  • miniature chocolate chips or coarsely chopped dark chocolate bar
  • dryroasted almonds (full or coarsely chopped)
  • a swirl or spoonful of almond butter
  • unsweetened coconut flakes

Images ofAlmond Joy Overnight Oats with in a spoon in it, ready to be eaten.

Almond Joy Overnight Oats variations

  • Amp up the coconut flavor. For an even stronger coconut flavor, use a coconut yogurt in place of the Greek yogurt.
  • Add some chia seeds. For thicker oats, add 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds the night before. The chia seeds will gel as they absorb the liquid — more info on chia seeds here.
  • Add almond butter. A lot of overnight oat recipes I’ve shared include almond or peanut butter for more satiating power, healthy fats, and flavor. Add 1-2 tablespoons of a good roasted almond butter if desired.

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Almond Joy Overnight Oats

5 from 7 votes
These Almond Joy Overnight Oats make the perfect healthy on-the-go breakfast. Make them the night before and have a delicious + nutritious breakfast ready in the morning.
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Almond Joy Overnight Oats

5 from 7 votes
These Almond Joy Overnight Oats make the perfect healthy on-the-go breakfast. Make them the night before and have a delicious + nutritious breakfast ready in the morning.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Almond Joy Overnight Oats
Prep Time 8 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 8 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 224kcal
Cost $3.89

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup honey vanilla Greek yogurt (we love Greek Gods)
  • 2/3 cup milk (we use vanilla almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder (Dutch-process cocoa powder)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (See Note 1)
  • 1-2 drops almond extract, coconut extract, optional (See Note 2)
  • Optional toppings: handful of roasted almonds, toasted coconut flakes, miniature chocolate chips, almond butter

Instructions

  • PREP THE OATS: In a small bowl, mason jar, or Tupperware container, stir together the yogurt, milk, oats, coconut flakes, cocoa powder, salt, and maple syrup. If desired, add in the almond extract and coconut extract.
  • STIR: Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated. Taste the mixture and add any additional maple syrup if needed.
  • CHILL: Cover the container and place in the fridge overnight or until sufficiently cooled and thickened. (Sometimes I'll even make them in the morning, get ready, and then go eat them -- they are great even after just 30 minutes in the fridge)
  • OPTIONALLY TOP: Just before serving, top oats with some roasted almonds, coconut flakes, miniature chocolate chips, and/or a drizzle of almond butter.
  • OPTIONALLY TOASTING COCONUT: If desired, lightly toast coconut by placing it in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir constantly until lightly colored, golden brown, and fragrant.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Scale up or down to personal preference -- you may not even want any sweetener! One tablespoon maple syrup is what we prefer, but you can use two tablespoons for more sweetness. Alternatively, use 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia drops for a zero-calorie sweetener.
Note 2: Use one, both, or you can leave out either -- coconut and almond extracts simply intensify the flavors.
  • Overnight oats are intended to be eaten cold in the morning. As they soak overnight, the oats become soft, luscious, and creamy. That said, if you prefer them warm, you can certainly warm them up in the morning on the stovetop or in the microwave (in a microwave safe container).
  • You can make overnight oats in the morning to enjoy. I actually even prefer them this way! Nowadays, I usually make them first thing when I wake up, and enjoy them after my AM workout. (So they’ve sat about 30-45 minutes).
  • Sweeten to taste. Depending on the brands you use and how sweet you prefer your breakfasts, scale the sweetener up or down. You may even decide you don’t need any sweetener at all. If you don’t want to use honey or maple syrup, liquid stevia drops are another great alternative; I usually add 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Make them thicker. I’m obsessed with creamy oatmeal — the creamier the better! I’d say these overnight oats are fairly creamy (even after thickening overnight). If you’d like them thicker, add in a few tablespoons of chia seeds or a few additional tablespoons of oats.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 224kcal

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19 Comments

  1. Overnight oats are one of my favorite morning “cheats” and these look positively sinful! Can’t wait to try them out for myself, Chelsea!

  2. There’s no saying no to something as tasty as this recipe. I mean, it’s oatmeal that tastes like a candy bar. It’s a no brainer.

  3. 5 stars
    I was not a big overnight oats fan until I tried your peanut butter cup overnight oats. They are amazing. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  4. With overnight oats like this, how can I even complain about being healthy this year?! 😀 Love this recipe, Chelsea. Almond joys are one of my favorite candies, so having them for breakfast sounds amazing.

  5. I love making oats taste like candy bars (the beauty of protein powders, nuts and textures) and this looks so good- adding coconut is one of my favourite things!

  6. So when are you inviting us over for breakfast?! These looks so chewy and delicious – I love coconut and oats so it’s the best of both worlds. Happy New Year Chelsea!

  7. 5 stars
    So I stumbled upon your pumpkin muffins made with oatmeal flour a few months back. I love them so much I eat them almost every day as my pre-workout snack. I wanted to give the recipe to some friends so I had to find your blog again. I think I am IN LOVE with your blog. Every thing you make and eat is similar to my taste and I LOVE so many recipes you have come up with. Plus I feel like you have a great balance of healthy and not so healthy type of recipes. You are just awesome. Thank you for taking the time to take beautiful pictures, come up with new fun recipes and then share them. What a talent!

  8. This looks like amazing oatmeal Chelsea! I’ve never made overnight oats before, but I need to because it looks great!

  9. I’m not really a candy girl, but there are a few I do go gaga over, and one of them happens to be almond joy! It’s the perfect amount of sweet for me, so I know I’d LOVE this!!

  10. This looks like something that might help me with the usual morning panic about what to make for breakfast, and tasty too!

  11. considering almond joy is to this day my FAVORITE candy, I’m pretty sure I’ll be obsessed with this real quick 🙂

  12. 5 stars
    Made this for Monday’s breakfast using special dark cocoa powder and it was uh-mah-zing! So creamy and chocolatey and almond-joy-ey (I just made up a lot of words in my excitement). Thanks for sharing – definitely making this again!

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