Salted Turtle Overnight Oats (Chocolate, Dates, and Pecans)

Salted Turtle Overnight Oats

Turtle chocolates are some of my favorite sweets to eat. I just love the combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans together. Yummy! Now add a little salt and oh mama I am in heaven. Now of course I don’t get to enjoy turtles very often for obvious reasons but like most “sometimes” foods I try to figure out a way to fit them into my lifestyle with minimum guilt.

Enter my new overnight oats recipe – Salted Turtle Overnight Oats. I actually had intentions of making this recipe for a long time but never did cause I kept forgetting to purchase medjool dates. Huh? Early this year I read that medjool dates have a caramel like flavor and go really nicely in oatmeal recipes, especially overnight oats. Don’t ask me where I read that cause now I can’t remember or find it. Anyway, ever since I came across that tidbit of information I had the desire to use medjool dates.

I found medjool dates in the nature food section of Wegmans. They were in with other containers of dried fruit right next to the bulk items (nuts, oats, etc). They were tricky to find so if you are having a hard time ask someone that works there to find them for you. After I found the dates I thought, “what am I going to make with these”? That’s when the delicious idea of salted turtle overnight oats entered my brain. If medjool dates taste like caramel then it seems only natural to add chocolate, pecans, and a little salt too.



That is exactly what I did for this salted turtle overnight oats recipe. I added 1 pitted chopped date, ½ tablespoon unsweetened chocolate, ½ cup almond milk, a touch of vanilla extract, and rolled oats. I let the ingredients sit overnight then in the morning I added a touch more almond milk to get the consistency I like. I did stir in 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup for added sweetness. When making this recipe I thought the dates would add enough sweetness but after giving it a taste I thought it needed just a tad more. Then, in the morning, I sprinkled with some chopped pecans and salt.

This was delicious. The chocolate and dates give the oats a richness that is sinfully good. The dates do have “caramel like” flavor and are perfect for this recipe but they did not add the amount of sweetness I was expecting, maybe because I only used one in this recipe. I was going to use more but these little beauties are 66 calories each and add a lot of carbs to a recipe. So I decided to just use one and add a little pure maple syrup for added sweetness. It was perfect.

The pecans give it great flavor and crunch. And the salt just brings it over the top. Like my chocolate peanut butter overnight oats this recipe is like a breakfast dessert in a jar. Delish!

Last thing, all my overnight oats recipes are hearty and filling. No matter which one I eat I am always full till lunchtime. So if you need an on the go hearty breakfast then I highly recommend giving overnight oats a try. And if you have been having a chocolate craving then start with this one 🙂

Here are my other overnight oats recipes:

Blueberry coconut overnight oats

Cherry flax overnight oats

Banana peanut butter overnight oats

Peanut butter chocolate overnight oats

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Salted Turtle Overnight Oats (Chocolate, Dates, and Pecans)
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Serves: 1
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 medjool date, pitted and chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons chopped pecans
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  1. In a pint size mason jar stir together almond milk, date, vanilla, and unsweetened cocoa powder until all combined.
  2. Stir in rolled oats.
  3. Place lid on and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Stir in a little extra almond milk to loosen oats up and to get the consistency you like.
  5. Stir in maple syrup. Start with 1 teaspoon then give it a taste. If you need more sweetness then add in the rest.
  6. Sprinkle with pecans and salt. Enjoy.
These oats can be made up to 3 days ahead of time.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 recipe Calories: 313 Fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 57 WW Points +: 8 Fiber: 8 Protein: 8


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  1. alaina thomson says:

    overnight oats
    so you don’t cook oats? quick oats or old fashion?
    looks awesome

  2. Tammy, do you think coconut milk would work in place of the almond milk? I have oral allergy syndrome and I’m allergic to almonds.

  3. Tammy, they usually have dates in Wegmans produce section too, on the other end of the banana aisle usually. They may not have organic there though I can’t remember.

  4. Michelle says:

    This was my first experience making overnight oats – and it was a good one. Thanks for introducing me to this quick breakfast idea. Now to try the other flavors.

  5. Love the overnight oats! I doctor it a little different. I prefer the texture with the Greek yogurt. The blueberry coconut is my favorite so far. Can’t wait to give this one a try!

  6. I was skeptical at first but I must say I’m impressed! Delicious!!

  7. I’m a fan of overnight oats, too. I like to add a mashed banana because it adds a lot of sweetness. Your recipe sounds like a good one to try!

  8. kate Latta says:

    I am fascinated by these overnight oats. Frankly, I’ve never had a recipe of yours that I don’t like. However, do you eat them cold, right out of the fridge? The flavors sound great, I’m just not sure about cold oatmeal.

  9. Could you use skim milk as a almond milk sub? I do not care for it, but would love to give this a try!

  10. Susan Reed says:

    Is one jar an individual serving?

  11. Hi, have you tried using Irish steel-cut oats? That’s my fave oatmeal but I’m wanting to try this method-overnight soaking, sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing your recipies!

  12. Just looking at nutritional info. That fat content seems high. I’m sure it’s just a typo.

  13. This one is VERY yummy. I didn’t so much notice a caramel taste. It smelled and tastes so much like those no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies (we called them Boiled Oatmeal Cookies–no peanut butter in ours). It was a little too sweet for me for first thing in the morning but would make a nice treat:)

  14. This is delicious! Trying to eat healthier and this is an easy recipe to ease the process. My two year old even loved it! I’m hooked.

  15. I was wondering if I could use something besides the dates, I don’t think I’ll be able to find 1 date and I don’t think I’ll use them any other time, so I was just wondering of a substitution?

  16. When you have this for a snack, what is your breakfast? I love overnight oats but I don’t think i’d care for this one first thing in the morning, A snack though…yes please!

  17. that is so good

  18. Pecans are so much better than walnuts. God, i hate the aftertaste of walnuts. Pecans are just so much better. You agree?

  19. OMG this is so delicious. Tammy I recently came across your blog in Dec and have been following it since slowly trying recipes as we have started meal prepping. This recipe is so delicious!!!! I used sweetened vanilla almond milk and added 1 tsp of chia seeds. I didn’t use additional sweetner as it was perfect. Made my husband a believer, he hates oatmeal. I look forward to trying your additional recipes.

  20. This is a wonderful recipe, thank you! My husband and I have loved it and this is so easy to put together the night before. I used regular dates, because I was unable to find the Medjool dates, and it still turned out wonderfully. Also, I tried using agave and found the agave to lend more of the caramel flavor you talked about versus the maple syrup. Thanks again!

  21. Is it really necessary to refrigerate it? or will it be okay if i just leave it in my room (air-conditioned room) overnight? thank you!


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