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Almond Joy Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Almond Joy Overnight Oats – These creamy chocolate coconut overnight oats feel like such a treat to wake up to! They’re a great breakfast for a busy morning or whenever you need something easy. (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Overhead view of a jar of almond joy overnight oats topped with chocolate and coconut.

Now that we’re back to our school morning routine, I’m back in quick & easy breakfast mode. Anyone else? Anything I can do the night before to make the morning shuffle a bit easier is the name of the game, and that’s where a healthy breakfast like these Almond Joy Overnight Oats come in.

Mixed up in minutes, these chocolate coconut overnight oats go into the fridge overnight (or for a few minutes the morning of–whichever!), and all I need to do in the morning is add a few toppings (if I want!), and I’m ready to dive in. I LOVE a breakfast like this–amazing flavor…quick and easy…plus chocolate + coconut + almonds?

YUM.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started…

Overhead view of ingredients for making Almond Joy Overnight Oats
Overhead view of ingredients for making Almond Joy Overnight Oats

Here’s What You Need to Make Almond Joy Overnight Oats:

  • (Gluten-Free) Rolled Oats. Like all my overnight oats recipes, our Almond Joy Overnight Oats start with rolled outs. We’re gluten-free, so I always buy certified GF oats like Bob’s Red Mill, Thrive Market, Trader Joe’s, or One Degree brands. Rolled oats strike the perfect texture. (Quick oats get too soft, while steel-cut stay too hard & chewy)
  • Chia Seeds. To thicken the mixture and make it nice and creamy (while getting in some plant-based protein and healthy fats while we’re at it!), I always add chia seeds. They’re easier than ever to find–even places like Target and Walmart carry them!
  • Dark Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. It’s amazing just how much chocolate flavor you can coax out of unsweetened cocoa powder. I like using Dutch cocoa powder (sometimes labeled dark cocoa or alkalized cocoa) because it gives the most chocolatey look. It’s also less acidic raw than regular unsweetened cocoa, but use whichever you have!
  • Shredded Coconut. Unsweetened shredded coconut is the first step in taking this recipe from chocolate overnight oats to Almond Joy overnight oats. If you have the time (it only takes a few minutes!), I *highly* recommend toasting the coconut first for even more delicious flavor.
  • Sliced or Chopped Almonds. To pump up our Almond Joy Overnight Oats flavors, I add sliced or chopped almonds. These will soften somewhat overnight, so if you prefer them more crisp, feel free to add them right before eating. It’s up to you! (I usually garnish with extra!)
  • Pure Maple Syrup. Just a little sweetness from syrup makes these flavors sing!
  • Vanilla + Almond Extract. A little vanilla and just a few drops of almond extract highlight all the gorgeous chocolate, coconut, and almond flavors we’re trying to bring out.
  • A Tiny Pinch of Salt. I always recommend a tiny pinch (less than 1/8 tsp.) of salt with my overnight oats. It balances the flavor beautifully.
  • Almond Milk or Light Coconut Milk. Either of these will play up the Almond Joy notes, but I love light coconut milk the best. It has a creamier texture!
  • Your Favorite Toppings. Now that you’ve got the basic Almond Joy Overnight Oats recipe, you’re ready for my favorite part: The TOPPINGS!

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Overhead view of a jar of almond joy overnight oats topped with chocolate and coconut.
Front view of a jar of almond joy overnight oats topped with chocolate and coconut.

The Best Toppings For Almond Joy Overight Oats.

Strictly speaking, you don’t *need* to add any extra toppings in the morning if you’re in a rush, but I really think they add a lot. Here are some of our favorites…

  • Mini Chocolate Chips. A few mini chocolate chips go a long way! A tiny sprinkle adds a chocolatey crunch and makes these chocolate coconut overnight oats feel like a real treat.
  • Sliced or Chopped Almonds. I love the softer almonds mixed in, then I love adding a few fresh ones on top for a bit of crunch. SO GOOD. (Again, toasting the almonds will add lots of flavor!)
  • Coconut. A bit more coconut looks and tastes great! (Especially if you’ve toasted it. 😉)
  • Cacao Nibs. If you want the chocolatey crunch without any added sugar, antioxidant rich cacao nibs can be a great way to go. They do run bitter, so if you’re not used to them, start small. (I LOVE THEM.)
  • Fresh Berries. Non-traditional, but fresh berries are a great flavor pairing with every element in these Almond Joy Overnight Oats! (berries + coconut/chocolate/almonds = love)
Overhead view of a jar of almond joy overnight oats
Overhead view of a bowl of almond joy overnight oats topped with chocolate and coconut.

FAQ + TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE BEST ALMOND JOY OVERNIGHT OATS:

MAKE THEM CREAMIER! If you like your chocolate coconut overnight oats a bit thicker, you can use a few tablespoons of yogurt in place of some of the milk. It adds quite a bit of thickness even with just a few tablespoons.

REGULAR COCOA POWDER VS. DARK COCOA POWDER. I prefer using dark cocoa powder (sometimes labeled Dutched cocoa or alkalized cocoa powder) in our Almond Joy overnight oats because it really channels that rich chocolatey color. It also happens to be less acidic when eaten raw, which is a perk since many folks eat their overnight oats cold. If you only have regular unsweetened cocoa powder, it will also work–you just won’t get the same rich color and the flavor may be less chocolatey. You can add a bit more cocoa powder if needed to compensate.

BEST CONTAINERS FOR OVERNIGHT OATS. I prefer containers with lids, since they easily store overnight in the fridge. I love Weck jars, like these ones (pictured in the post) or these ones, or these more budget-friendly containers.

DO YOU EAT ALMOND JOY OVERNIGHT OATS WARM OR COLD? It’s totally a matter of personal preference. Most folks eat overnight oats cold from the fridge (like muesli or chia pudding), but you can absolutely heat them up if you prefer yours warm. Heat in a saucepan on the stove until they’re plump and thickened (adding a splash of milk if needed) or pop them in the microwave for 60-90 seconds in a bowl with milk as needed. Easy-peasy!

HOW LONG DO OVERNIGHT OATS LAST IN THE FRIDGE? Generally speaking, overnight oats last well 2-3 days in the refrigerator for the best texture, but can last up to 4-5 days. They will continue to soften and thicken as time passes, so you may need to add a drizzle of milk before serving.

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Overhead view of a jar of almond joy overnight oats topped with chocolate and coconut.

Almond Joy Overnight Oats (Vegan, Gluten-Free)


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: About 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These Chocolate Coconut Almond Overnight Oats are such a treat to wake up to! They’re great when time’s tight and you need something easy. (Vegan, Gluten-Free)


Ingredients

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For The Almond Joy Overnight Oats:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free, as needed)
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. unsweetened dark cocoa powder (Dutch cocoa/alkalized cocoa powder)
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut (toasted, if you can!)
  • 1 Tbsp. sliced or chopped almonds
  • 1/2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • a few drops almond extract
  • a pinch of salt (less than 1/8 tsp.)
  • 1/21 cup almond milk or light coconut milk

Optional toppings: shaved or shredded coconut, more sliced or chopped almonds, mini chocolate chips, cacao nibs, fresh berries, etc.


Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut, almonds, syrup, vanilla, almond extract (if using), and salt.
  2. Drizzle in the milk and stir until the liquid is fairly uniform. (No large chunks of cocoa powder remain.)
  3. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to thicken slightly, then stir again. (This will help prevent the chia seeds from settling in a clump or falling all to the bottom.)
  4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl or jar and cover. 
  5. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  6. When you’re ready to serve them, give the oats a stir and garnish with your favorite toppings.
  7. Almond Joy Overnight Oats will stay fresh in the refrigerator 2-3 days for the best texture, but can keep up to 4-5 days. 
  8. To serve the oats warm, heat in a pan on the stovetop with a drizzle of milk over medium heat, or in a bowl in the microwave for 60-90 seconds with a drizzle of milk, as needed. 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: almond joy overnight oats, chocolate coconut overnight oats, vegan almond joy overnight oats, chocolate almond overnight oats

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