Almond joy oats

These overnight almond joy oats are a much healthier breakfast version of the candy bar with lots of almond and coconut flavor.

These overnight almond joy oats are a much healthier breakfast version of the candy bar with lots of almond and coconut flavor.

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.

Almond joy oatmeal

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 joy oatmeal

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.

Almond joy oats

Almond Joy Oats

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours

These almond joy oats are a much healthier breakfast version of the candy bar with lots of almond and coconut flavor.


  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla whey protein powder (optional for protein boost)
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (from a carton)
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 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 steel cut oats.


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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      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!

  1. Margarita

    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.

      1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

        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.”

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    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!

  3. Angela

    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!

  4. julie

    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!

  5. Paulina (One Smile Ahead)

    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!

  6. Whitney B

    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!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Hmmm…I might have to give that a shot for a few days in a row to test the theory! ;)

  7. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    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!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      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!

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  9. Kimberly

    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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