Chocolate, almonds, and coconut are blended together into this almond joy inspired overnight oats recipe.
Overnight oats. You either love them or hate them. Personally, I absolutely love overnight oats! Since these are eaten cold I tend to enjoy them more during the summer months but let me tell you this new Almond Joy recipe will be on my menu rotation all year round! OMG! So simple to make but beyond delicious.
Now if you are more of a green smoothie or low carb morning person buuuut still have a killer chocolate sweet tooth (fyi I’m describing myself) then this recipe can be enjoyed for a snack or even lunch. All I’m saying is don’t feel that this oats in a jar recipe is for breakfast only. This rich chocolate almond joy overnight oats recipe can be enjoyed any time you want.
I find it to be filling so if you are just looking to curb a craving but don’t want the whole jar you can easily make smaller jars of this. I love 4-ounce mason jars. They come in handy to create perfectly portion-controlled desserts or snacks.
This recipe is beyond simple to make and can be made a couple days ahead of time. The ingredients include rolled oats, unsweetened coconut milk, chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, almond extract, vanilla extract, chopped raw almonds, shaved unsweetened coconut, pure maple syrup, and a little touch of chocolate chips. I would be willing to bet you have most (if not all) of these ingredients in your fridge and pantry.
A couple notes. You can use any milk you like. I exclusively use unsweetened coconut milk because that’s what I have in my fridge. Also, because this is an almond joy inspired recipe coconut milk works great! Second, I get asked a lot about using steel cut oats in an overnight oats recipe. I tried a couple times with no luck. I’m thinking you need to par-cook steel cut oats first to fully “cook” in the overnight oats recipes. I like using rolled oats because it’s quick and easy.
Also, almond extract can be overpowering so be careful when using it. This recipe only calls for 1/8 of a teaspoon which is a little drop.
You will need a little extra pure maple syrup in this recipe. It doesn’t have fruit to sweeten it up and unsweetened cocoa powder does not taste good without sweetener. I used about 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup in this almond joy overnight oats recipe. If you need more start with 1 teaspoon and go from there. You shouldn’t need much more than that.
Last but not least, I saved the extras (shaved coconut, chopped almonds, and chocolate chips) for the next morning when the oats where ready to eat. I sprinkled them on top and then stirred. OMG!
This is without a doubt one of my new favorite overnight oats recipes. It’s very pudding-like and taste like dessert. However, it’s filled with wholesome oats, heart-healthy coconut, and protein-rich almonds. Each jar has 9 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein. It’s truly delicious and I hope you make it soon.
Here’s a quick “how to” tutorial I put together for this recipe.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1-teaspoon chia seeds
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, divided
- 5 almonds, chopped
- 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 teaspoon chocolate chips
- In a 16-ounce mason jar stir together the rolled oats, cocoa powder, and chia seeds.
- Next add the coconut milk, both extracts, and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. Stir until combined.
- Place the lid on and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 hours or overnight.
- Remove lid and stir the oats. Add in the 1 teaspoon of pure maple syrup and a little more coconut milk to loosen up the oats. Add enough liquid until you get the consistency you like.
- Add the almonds, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips. Enjoy.
This overnight oats recipe can be made up to 3 days ahead of time.