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Almond Joy Overnight Oats Recipe

almond joy overnight oats recipe

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.

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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.

overnight oats ingredients

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.

overnight oats prep

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!

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Almond Joy Overnight Oats

  • Author: Carly Ferguson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: breakfast

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Combine first five ingredients (plus maple syrup if using) in a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Pour into two mason jars or containers with tight fitting lids.
  3. Let sit overnight, or at least for a few hours.
  4. When ready to eat, top with banana slices, coconut flakes, chopped almonds and cocoa nibs/chocolate chips.
  5. Grab and spoon and enjoy!

What is your favorite breakfast during the summer?

-Carly Paige

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  1. 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!

    1. Lindsay – I love chia seeds! They create an ultra creamy texture in these overnight oats. Enjoy!

    1. 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!

  2. I love using chia seeds in my food. I can put them in anything and get all the benefits. thanks for sharing.

    1. Ashley – that’s okay! They aren’t for everyone. But you should definitely give it another shot… I mean, chocolate for breakfast? C’mon! 🙂

  3. 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!!

    1. 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!

  4. 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.

    1. Ivanna – You will love overnight oats! Especially during the summer – it’s so hot! Enjoy!

    1. 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!

  5. 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?

    1. 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!

    1. Hahaha, Liz – your comment is awesome. You and me both! Although, I had a jar to lick instead 🙂 Hope you enjoy the recipe!

    1. Thanks, Taylor! I mean, scrambled eggs are good, too, but it’s nice to switch it up every now and then. Enjoy!

    1. Rachel – I don’t either (except at Halloween!), but I definitely get all the candy bar goodness in this recipe 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

    1. Hi Laura! Unfortunately, it’s not. I finally came to this realization a few weeks ago. Enjoy!

    1. Great! Let me know what you think. They are great for a quick and delicious breakfast. Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

    1. Thank you! That’s too funny, because I was so critical of the photos in this particular post. They are taken with a “real” DSLR camera. I find that good lighting is definitely key to a great photo!

  8. This recipe looks totally delish. I have never tried overnight oats but I can’t wait to try it. I am always looking for healthy breakfast recipes .

    1. Julia – Let me know how you like them! This a great healthy and quick breakfast for busy mornings!

  9. This sounds delicious! I love oatmeal/oats for breakfast. They’re so filling and the flavor options are endless.

    1. Miranda – That is exactly why I’ve eaten oats for the past however many years and still haven’t gotten tired of them! Enjoy the recipe 🙂

    1. Katie – Chia seeds are my secret ingredient in my overnight oats! It makes them extra creamy and that way, I don’t have to add yogurt if I don’t want to. They are delicious!

  10. You had me at Almond – then oh my ‘J’-‘O’-‘Y’ – Two of my favorite words Carly! I was reading a couple new blogs on GYB before heading out to the grocery store – I can’t thanks you enough for posting this recipe. This will be my first try at overnight oats. Can’t wait!

    With a smile, from Tampa FL – Carlyn 🙂

  11. I love overnight oats! This looks really good. =) I’ve been making smoothies for the past couple weeks; so perfect for a hot morning.

    1. I love smoothies in the morning, but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up every now and then! Hope you like them.

  12. Sounds like a breakfast my hubby used to make for himself, but this sounds way better. I have just about everything on hand, I am going to try this for sure…and surprise him with one for breakfast, too!

    1. Chloe – that is such a great idea! Little surprises like that are the best. I hope your hubby enjoys them!

    1. Hi Joni – Let me know what you think! I add chia seeds to mine which makes the texture extra creamy. A lot of recipes use yogurt to thicken up the oats, but I like to do things a little differently 🙂

  13. Oh yumminess! I have been on a overnight oats and smoothie tear, because it is flipping hot in Texas. I love the mornings after a hard workout and I can just grab the oats out of the fridge and devour. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You are welcome! It’s the same way here in FL and it is miserable. So naturally, I’m getting my hands on as many cold this as possible! Overnight oats are a super healthy and convenient breakfast option.

  14. What kind of oats would you recommend to use for this recipe? I only have steel cut and didn’t want to buy another kind until I finish that container. Would they work for this recipe?