Almond joy oats

If I didn’t fully convince you of my weirdness with these when I said I never really crave french fries, let me take it a step further…

I can stand in front of the limo length candy selection in a drug store and not be tempted by a single one of them.

Except, the almond joy bar. There’s probably over one hundred to choose from and just one of them tempts me. It’s super weird because I have a huge sweet tooth but sugary suckers, gummy bears and candy bars do nothing for me. Nada.

Chocolate, coconut and almonds together however, that’s something that actually piques my interest.

So standing in line the other day at CVS to buy Ulysses a birthday card (happy 32 today!), I saw it. It spoke to me. It begged, pleaded and whispered sweet nothings in my ear and I rejected it. Not part of the 95.

But it did give me an idea. A candy bar inspired breakfast.

Almond extract might be my favorite flavoring in the entire world. With one drop, it turns whatever it touches into something that tastes like straight up candy. I made these the “overnight” (aka: no cook) way but you could easily turn this into hot oats as well.

Almond candy oats, coconut milk and shredded coconut throughout, topped with cacao nibs.

Almost as good as an Almond Joy, so much better than a stupid Snickers.

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Almond Joy Oats
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Overnight steel cut oats made with almonds, coconut and cacao nibs. Get the taste of the candy bar in your breakfast bowl.
Recipe type: breakfast, oatmeal
Serves: 1
  • ¼ cup steel cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla whey protein powder (optional for protein boost)
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¾ cup coconut milk (from a carton)
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  1. Combine all ingredients except cacao nibs in a small bowl and mix together.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Uncover, stir, add more milk if necessary until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Fold in cacao nibs.
-Oats could easily be made hot on the stove top if desired. If doing so, omit greek yogurt. Also, leave shredded coconut & almonds out and fold in with cacao nibs once oatmeal is cooked. -Regular oatmeal could be used instead of steelcut.


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  1. 1

    I never tried steel cut oats overnight. I’m going to make this recipe tonight, so I can take it to work tomorrow. I can’t wait to try it!

    • 2
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      If you love the chew of them, you’ll love them overnight. You could totally do this with regular oats too though :) Have a great Sunday!

  2. 3

    I am in looooveee with almond extract. It gives it such a unique flavor, it’s amazing. I neeed this!

  3. 4

    You never cease to amazing me with the recipes!! You combined all of the most perfect ingredients right here to make one mouth-watering breakfast!

    Have a great Sunday!

  4. 6

    I agree with you, one of the only candy bars that would tempt me too! Not mounds, must be almondjoy.

  5. 7

    Candy bars and gummy bears and skittles do not tempt me at all… except for Reese’s cups. I am a sucker for that and maybe an occasional Snickers bar. The caramel in the candy bars hurts my throat for some reason. This looks so good, I will give it a try soon. Gina, I made the sweet potato and kale muffins and they were so good. It took a great amount of will power not to eat everything.

  6. 9

    1. I love that bowl. 2. This looks delicious. 3. I neeeeed those chalkboard labels!!

    • 10

      Agreed! Love the chalkboard labels!

      • 11
        Running to the Kitchen says:

        I’m glad you both like the chalkboard labels. I can’t tell you how many family members have made fun of them saying “oh, Almonds…in case you forget what they look like, now you can read it!” or something to that effect! My response is obviously, “whatever, they’re cute.”

  7. 12

    I love a good Almond Joy or Mounds Bar! In the past few years, I have gone from liking coconut to adoring it!

    Gorgeous food styling and pics on something that I know isn’t always the easiest to be “Creative” with. Love the blues you used!

  8. 13

    I LOVE Cacao nibs!!! Have to get some more tomorrow. Almond oats look positively dreamy :)

  9. 14

    Now that I need to try! I love Almond Joys too :) I’ve actually never used almond extract before… I’ll have to find some at my grocery store!

  10. 15

    Wow! Great recipe!

  11. 16

    geniuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuus! i love leaving oats in the fridge overnight! they’re such a treat when they come out the next day all ooey gooey and cookie dough like :) almond flour is a fab addition too!

  12. 17

    My favorite as a kid as Twix, but nowadays I would definitely pick Almond Joy over it. I need to get my hands on some almond extract! I’ve never tried steel cut overnight oats before, but they’re pretty chewy and delicious with Coach’s oats, so I bet these are even better. Happy birthday to Ulysses!

  13. 18

    I’m not a big Almond Joy fan, but your images are so kickin’ that I almost want to try it! :) Way to treats healthier! :)

  14. 19

    I heart your blog {I have been following secretly for at least a year} and I too, am not tempted by candy – but that combo of Dark Choc and Almonds with Coconut would be divine! I just read somewhere that people who start their morning with something sweet {chocolate, not fruits!} typically don’t crave it as the day goes on .. let me know ;) ha!

  15. 21

    Oh my, Gina. You’ve out done yourself on this one! Its my favorite candy bar… now to make it into a delicious bowl of oatmeal. I am so grateful to you. Nom Nom.

  16. 22

    Yum. This looks delicious!

  17. 23
    Leonor @foodfaithfitness says:

    I wish I had your creativity. I don’t. But at least you share your amazing recipes.

  18. 24

    Yummy! I eat oats almost every morning so I will definitely have to try this variation. Any excuse to have chocolate for breakfast is ok with me. Love your pictures in your posts!

  19. 25

    um i love overnight oats, and i love almond joys. thank you for this.

  20. 26

    Completely agree with you on almond extract, though the bf hates it so I put it in baked goods secretly…if he doesn’t see it go in, he doesn’t realize it’s there. Ha! Your almond joy oats sound freaking fabulous. I love almond joy and anything oatmeal related. YUM!

    • 27
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      oh my gosh, I can’t imagine hating that stuff! I just realized (while making a smoothie with it today) that I’ve got about one serving left. Need to get more asap!

  21. 28

    This looks so decadent and rich … I love it !

  22. 29

    Just saw this post on the Top 9 and had to come over and comment because I love Almond Joys as well. I need this oatmeal in my life. :)

  23. 30

    Yum – this looks delicious! I tried making an Almond Joy protein shake this week and it was a total bust so I look forward to crushing my craving with this oatmeal! Thanks! :)


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