These Healthy Almond Joy Overnight Oats are the perfect breakfast! Great for meal prepping, easy to make and so delicious. Creamy + high in protein too!
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Are you prepared for the most dreamy bowl of overnight oats EVER? Cause that’s what these healthy almond joy overnight oats are my friends!
Not only do these almond joy overnight oats taste amazing – they’re also protein packed (20g per serving!) which means they’ll keep you full for longer than than regular plain oats normally would!
I’m not a big candy bar person..but I love almond joys.. I mean, really.. who doesn’t? They’ve got the perfect mix of chocolate, coconut and slivered almonds. SO good.
What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats are a form of preparing oatmeal where the oats to soak overnight in the refrigerator rather than cooking on the stove. The oats absorb the liquid overnight and are ready to eat come the morning time!
In addition to being delicious, these oats are SO easy to make.. you likely already have everything you need to make them!
Ingredients for Almond Joy Overnight Oats:
To make these almond joy overnight oats, you’ll need:
- old fashioned oats
- nonfat greek yogurt
- almond milk
- mini chocolate chips
- unsweetened coconut flakes
- slivered almonds
- almond extract
There are lots of substitutions listed below for this recipe so you can customize this for your diet.
How to make Almond Joy Overnight Oats:
It is SO easy to make overnight oats. All you need to do is
- Combine your ingredients
- Shake or stir to combine them
- Store in the refrigerator overnight so they thicken up/absorb the liquid.
You can see how thick and creamy they get overnight from photo number 2 to photo number 3.
I made the oats in a bowl, but you can definitely make them in a mason jar or container so you can take them on the go in the morning!
What kind of oats should I use for overnight oats?
For the best overnight oats you’ll need to use old fashioned rolled oats. These are the only oats that will work for making overnight oats!
You can’t use quick cook or steel cut oats to make overnight oats. With quick cook oats they can get too mushy when soaking overnight. With steel cut oats, they can’t soak up the moisture overnight. They need to be cooked with heat to make them edible. You’ll wind up with a big mess unless you use old fashioned overnight oats.
I mean… don’t you just want to grab a spoon?!
Do you eat overnight oats cold or warm?
You can eat overnight oats cold or warm! It’s up to you and your preferences.
I prefer to pop my overnight oats in the microwave for 20-30 seconds before eating, but if you enjoy them cold you can eat them cold!
How long do the overnight oats need to soak?
Overnight oats typically need at least 6 hours to soak overnight. You can leave them in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
Substitutions for Almond Joy Overnight Oats:
There are MANY substitutions for these coconut overnight oats. They’re very versatile. Feel free to get creative with them!
Dairy Free: You can make these overnight oats dairy free with dairy free yogurt, but they will be lower in protein and likely higher in sugar.
Gluten Free: Make sure to use gluten free old fashioned oats.
Vegan: Use dairy free yogurt and vegan friendly chocolate chips to make these overnight oats vegan.
Milk: Any milk will work in this, you can use regular dairy milk, or whatever non dairy milk you like (almond, oat, coconut, hemp, etc)
Weight Watchers: The oats alone in this recipe are 4 points. the chocolate+ almonds + coconut are around 2SP. Depending on which chocolate you use or how much, you can lower it to 1 SP.
Chocolate: You can use any chocolate you like in this. I actually prefer 80% dark chocolate that’s chopped up. So delicious!
Coconut Flakes: You can use sweetened coconut flakes. We just prefer unsweetened because typically the sweetened coconut flakes have high fructose corn syrup.
Overnight Oat FAQ
Yes! Overnight oats are healthy. You can load them up with fresh fruit, healthy carbs, and protein to make a super filling, easy breakfast. Oats are high in fiber and have a few grams of protein which make them the perfect canvas for a healthy breakfast.
No, overnight oats are not bad for weight loss. As long as they have protein, healthy carbs and a small amount of fat- overnight oats can be a low calorie breakfast that helps you stay full which makes them great for weight loss!
Other healthy oatmeal recipes
We love oats for breakfast! If you do too, check out these other Healthy Oatmeal Recipes!
- Berry Overnight Oats
- Healthy Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
- Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Egg White Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Almond Joy Overnight Oats
- In a mason jar or container add all ingredients and shake well until combined.
- Store in refrigerator for a minimum of 6 hours.
- Eat warm or cold in the morning!