What if I told you that your favorite candy bar could be eaten for breakfast, while also being a part of a healthy diet? Sounds too good to be true, right? These past few weeks have been nothing short of hot and humid outside making my usual breakfast of hot oatmeal with fruit unbearable. That warm cozy feeling you get when you take your first bite of piping hot oatmeal isn’t so cozy the second you walk out into what I call, “the sauna”. However, I couldn’t give up my love for oats in the morning, which is why I came up with this creamy, chocolaty and cool recipe for Almond Joy Overnight Oats.
Overnight oats are great for mornings on the go, since you can prep all of the ingredients the night before and throw them into a jar with a tight fitting lid to let them do their thing while you sleep (breakfast really doesn’t get any easier!). The next morning, all you have to do is throw a few toppings on and you’re done. It’s that simple! And the best part is, you aren’t compromising on a healthy and satisfying breakfast by going through the drive-thru or pulling out a pre-packaged freezer breakfast burrito because you’re pressed for time. Or even worse, not eating breakfast at all.
Since I don’t eat candy bars too often, when I do, it becomes an experience. The minute you bite into an Almond Joy it is like a chocolate, almond and coconut explosion in your mouth. The richness of the chocolate, gooeyness of the coconut filling and the crunch from the almonds are all recreated in this decadent Almond Joy overnight oats recipe.
The chia seeds in the recipe make for a luscious, creamy texture while the cocoa powder adds that expected chocolaty punch. The coconut flakes and chopped almonds on top help to reinforce the coconut flavor and crunchy texture, while the banana provides a bit of natural sweetness. Seriously, what’s not to love? I hope you enjoy this Almond Joy overnight oats recipe as much as I do!Print
Almond Joy Overnight Oats
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- Category: breakfast
- 1 c. oats
- 1 c. almond milk
- 1 c. light coconut milk (get the kind in the can for a stronger coconut flavor)
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- *Optional: 1 Tablespoon maple syrup for added sweetness
- 1 banana, mashed
- Coconut flakes or chips
- Chopped almonds
- Cocoa nibs or dark chocolate chips
- Banana slices
- Combine first five ingredients (plus maple syrup if using) in a bowl and mix until combined.
- Pour into two mason jars or containers with tight fitting lids.
- Let sit overnight, or at least for a few hours.
- When ready to eat, top with banana slices, coconut flakes, chopped almonds and cocoa nibs/chocolate chips.
- Grab and spoon and enjoy!
Yum!! I love overnight oats and am always looking for new ways to make them. I have never used chia seeds before but have been curious about them- this is the perfect excuse to see what they’re about!
Lindsay – I love chia seeds! They create an ultra creamy texture in these overnight oats. Enjoy!
I have just started getting into overnight oats. I love this!
Nichole – I love overnight oats in the summertime! I hope you like the recipe 🙂
Mmm yum! I always make overnight oats when I’m about to finish a jar of nut butter (which is often!) But right now (this week) I have been ALL about the GLUTEN-FREE CHEERIOS for breakfast!!! I’m still just so elated with joy!
Rebecca – that is a great idea! I’ll have to do that next time I have an almost empty jar (which will be soon!). I love cheerios, too… especially drizzled with honey and topped with frozen blueberries. Yum!
almond joys are one of my favorite candy bars! this looks amazing!!
Mine, too Linz! I hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂
I love using chia seeds in my food. I can put them in anything and get all the benefits. thanks for sharing.
Yes! I love them too. And they have great health benefits!
I’m not going to lie… I haven’t quite jumped on the overnight oats bandwagon just yet. There is something about the texture that gets me! But this recipe makes me want to give it another shot 😉 Pinning!
Ashley – that’s okay! They aren’t for everyone. But you should definitely give it another shot… I mean, chocolate for breakfast? C’mon! 🙂
Hmm…this definitely looks tasty! I might need to try this recipe out. I’m always looking for a hearty breakfast I can eat on the run! Thanks for sharing!!
Hi Mionna – You are welcome! This recipe couldn’t be easier since you throw everything in a jar the night before. Then the next day, throw some toppings on and grab a spoon – easy peasy!
Love this! It sounds delicious! I eat oatmeal almost everyday for breakfast but this sounds like a healthy, delicious twist for the summer! Are you on Pinterest? I’d love to pin it so I don’t lose this recipe.
Hi Esther! Yes, I am on Pinterest. If you hover over an image in the post, there should be a pin it button that appears in the top left corner and you can pin to your board! You can find me on pinterest at http://pinterest.com/carlyferguson14 🙂
This looks really delicious I love oats! I have never tried overnight oats I’ll have to give them a try.
Ivanna – You will love overnight oats! Especially during the summer – it’s so hot! Enjoy!
If I could eat nuts, this would totally be a staple in my life. It sounds friggin’ AMAZING 🙂
Oh, GiGi, I wish you could too! It tastes so yummy. I bet it would be just as delicious if you subbed almond milk for a milk of your choice and just left off the almonds!
I have been meaning to try overnight oats for quite some time now but I wonder if I could prep a few jars in advance so I could have breakfast ready for a few days! Have you tried that?
Emilie – Yes! You can totally make them a few days ahead. I made a batch on Sunday and finished my last one today and it was just as good. And really, they couldn’t make the morning routine any easier. Enjoy!
These have me practically licking the computer screen! I can’t wait to try the recipe – pinned for later 🙂
Hahaha, Liz – your comment is awesome. You and me both! Although, I had a jar to lick instead 🙂 Hope you enjoy the recipe!
Oh my goodness, YUM! I’d eat this for an afternoon snack!
They would be a great afternoon snack!! Enjoy!
Girl! This looks unreal! I’m sitting here about to scramble a boring egg. I need some of THIS in my life!
Thanks, Taylor! I mean, scrambled eggs are good, too, but it’s nice to switch it up every now and then. Enjoy!
This looks so delicious! I pinned already!
Thanks, Kate! Hope you enjoy the recipe!
I don’t eat candy bars either, but man I would DEFINITELY eat this! Yum!
Rachel – I don’t either (except at Halloween!), but I definitely get all the candy bar goodness in this recipe 🙂
I am a fan of all recipes that include coconut … and this looks amazing! I just pinned it as a reminder to try it out. Thanks!
This looks so healthy and perfect for breakfast. As I matter of fact, I wish I had all the ingredients to make one right now.
Tirralan – Go out and get you some! You must try ASAP… they are that good 🙂
Your photos of the oats are beautiful! I just took a class to finally get to know my DSLR (since I’ve had it for 5 years and kept it on “automatic”) I hope my future pictures look as good as yours!
Piping hot oatmeal definitely isn’t so cozy during summer in NC! These sound delicious!
Hi Laura! Unfortunately, it’s not. I finally came to this realization a few weeks ago. Enjoy!
These look amazing and I love almond joys! What a great sounding recipe!!!
Have a great week,
Thanks Haley! You too. Hope you enjoy the recipe!
This sounds fantastic! I’ve always been a fan of coconut + chocolate 🙂