This healthy, high protein overnight oats recipe has all the best bits of an almond joy candy bar, minus the added fats, sugar, butter and nasties AND loaded with protein! It’s also suitable for those following a vegan, gluten free, dairy free and sugar free lifestyle!
Almond Joy candy bars.
The one candy bar in which I favor milk chocolate over their white or dark counterparts.
While I’m not one to really discriminate between the main three players (white, dark and milk), milk chocolate tends to take a back seat, purely on taste preferences. I find it to be generally too sweet to be eaten alone (like white chocolate), and the variety of milk chocolate hybrid bars aren’t anything too special to combat it- Think raisins, nuts and even sweet cookies. White chocolate is also incredibly sweet when eaten alone, however, they make an addition to some magical, edible creations- Think in cookies with macadamia nuts, with tart raspberries or festive cranberries.
Dark chocolate? Anything over 60% can be thoroughly enjoyed in solidarity.
Another reason I love almond joy candy bars is because you can actually TASTE the coconut goodness in it, and see the
ugly hump misplaced almond on top.
Alice the camel has two humps.
Alice the camel has two humps.
Arman’s almond joy bar has one hump.
Ha, get it?
Okay, that was incredibly random and irrelevant.
Back to the beauty of almond joy bars- The epicness which is shredded coconut, the random almond hump, all enrobed in milk chocolate.
But wait….that doesn’t sound like a particularly healthy breakfast option.
So you thought.
When coming up with this recipe, I played around with my basic oatmeal base (pretty much this cake batter oatmeal), but to give it a (healthy) almond joy makeover. Instead of using vanilla almond milk, I used unsweetened coconut milk, mixed with a teaspoon of shredded unsweetened coconut. Instead of using maple syrup or coconut palm sugar to sweetened, I kept it completely sugar free by using my favorite monk fruit sweetener. As with all my oatmeal recipes, I added a tablespoon of coconut flour which takes the texture to the next level. Trust me on this.
So how about the recipe, eh?
This healthy, high protein almond joy overnight oats recipe has all the best bits of the classic candy bar, with a nutritious punch! This is the perfect breakfast or wholesome snack which takes minimal prep which can be made ahead of time and keep you satisfied and full for hours! Unlike the traditional candy bar, this breakfast bowl version contains no sugar or dairy, but you’d never be able to tell! Based on the ingredients used, it’s also naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free and sugar free!
HACK! Don’t have coconut milk from a carton on hand? This can easily be made with canned coconut milk. I’d recommend using light coconut milk, as the full-fat variety tends to over-thicken the oats, and leave an odd texture. Saying that, topping it with full-fat coconut cream from the TOP of the can would be pretty epic.
Make this healthy, high protein almond joy overnight oats, and let’s embrace milk chocolate, over their white and dark counterparts.
…Just when it comes to this candy bar, though.
- 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 T coconut flour (can sub for 1 T oat flour or almond flour)
- 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice*
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1 T ground flax (can sub for chia seeds)
- pinch sea salt
- drop vanilla extract
- 1/2-3/4 cup + unsweetened coconut milk (can use any milk of choice)
- 2 T shredded unsweetened coconut, divided
- 1 T whole almonds
- 1 T chocolate chips of choice (I used dairy free)
- In a cereal bowl or small container, combine your rolled oats, coconut flour, vanilla protein powder, ground flax, sea salt and mix well. Add 1/2 cup coconut milk first, vanilla extract and mix well. If mixture is too crumbly (it may be due to coconut flour and protein powder), add extra coconut milk until an inch or so remains above the oats. Add 1 tablespoon of the shredded coconut and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.
- The next morning, remove- Oat mixture should be thick and creamy. If too thick, add more coconut milk to thin out to desired consistency. Top with a tablespoon each of shredded coconut, almonds and chocolate chips and enjoy!
- * I omitted as my protein powder was sweetened
- Want to enjoy this oatmeal warm? This can easily be done as it doesn't contain yogurt! Simply add an extra 1/4 cup of coconut milk prior. Oatmeal is also freezer friendly.
Do you enjoy milk chocolate?
What is your favorite candy bar?
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