Almond Joy Oatmeal (Porridge)
It’s no secret that oatmeal is one of my favorite healthy breakfasts. It’s a blank canvas and can take many forms, including protein oatmeal, cookie dough overnight oats and my favorite carrot cake oatmeal.
I have a new favorite now…Almond Joy Overnight Oats!
This almond joy oatmeal recipe is literally dessert for breakfast. Smooth, creamy and hearty oatmeal, loaded with shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and crushed almonds. It’s secretly healthy, boasting a whopping 25 grams of protein and keeps you satisfied for hours.
Whether you enjoy it piping hot or refrigerator style, it will be on your breakfast meal prep rotation.
Not only is the base recipe completely vegan, dairy free and gluten free, but it also comes with an option for my paleo and keto readers out there, using my keto oatmeal base!
Almond Joy Oatmeal Ingredients
Gluten Free Rolled Oats or Quinoa Flakes
Rolled oats are the best kind of oats to use, as they absorb the liquid the best, and have a hearty and chewy texture. You can substitute it for quick oats but only do so if you prefer smoother oatmeal.
If you cannot tolerate oats, quinoa flakes are a great substitution, but again, will be less thick. You can combat this by reducing the milk by two tablespoons.
I promise this isn’t a coconut flour oatmeal recipe!
Adding coconut flour enhances the thickness of the oats, and gives it a cake-like, doughy texture. This is great if you choose not to include the protein powder (which will help thicken the oatmeal regardless).
Adding protein powder to oatmeal not only gives a huge protein boost but also gives it a creamier, thicker texture.
I love using this brown rice protein powder, which is completely plant-based, sugar free and leaves no bitter aftertaste.
Other protein powder recommendations can be found here.
Granulated Sweetener of choice
Add some granulated sweetener to the oatmeal, according to your preferences.
I like my oatmeal sweet, so usually add a tablespoon of monk fruit sweetener to it. My protein powder is already pre-sweetened, so one tablespoon is plenty. If you prefer super sweet oatmeal, feel free to add more.
Adding ground flaxseed (flax meal) is completely optional. I add it for some extra fiber and healthy fats, and a slightly nutty flavor.
Any dairy-free milk of choice is fine, I prefer using coconut milk as I love all things coconut, but almond, cashew, and even soy milk are all great.
Almond Joy ‘Add-In’s
Be sure to reserve half the amount to top the oatmeal with, to ensure you get a delicious combination of all of it with every bite.
How to make Almond Joy Overnight Oats
Step 1: In a large cereal bowl or container, add your dry ingredients (rolled oats, coconut flour, ground flax, sweetener), except for your protein powder, and mix well.
Step 2: Add your milk of choice and mix well. Stir through your protein powder and whisk very well, to avoid any clumps. If needed, add more milk.
Step 3: Stir through half your mix-ins (shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and almonds) and mix once more. Ensure there is at least an inch of milk reserved over the top, as the liquid will be absorbed.
Step 4: Several hours later or the next morning, remove oatmeal from the fridge and mix well. Add extra milk if needed and top with the remaining coconut, chocolate chips, and almonds and enjoy!
How to make Almond Joy Oatmeal Keto
This almond joy oatmeal recipe can easily be made keto-friendly and low carb/paleo.
The next morning, be sure to add extra milk/liquid as the mixture will be thicker than the original overnight oats.
How to prep oatmeal in advance
Overnight/Refrigerator oatmeal is a fantastic option for a breakfast meal prep.
This oatmeal can keep and be stored in the fridge for at least a week, so have a week of breakfasts sorted!
Can Almond Joy Overnight Oats be heated?
If you choose to enjoy your oatmeal warm instead of cold, be sure to make the following changes.
Do not add the protein powder until after the oats have been cooked and absorbed. Stir it in and then adjust the liquids as needed, before heating once more.
Only add the chocolate chips into the oatmeal during the cooking process if you want it to be completely melted into it. Otherwise, reserve to simply top the oatmeal with.
More healthy breakfast recipes
- Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes
- Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
- Flourless Breakfast Bars
- Zucchini Bread Bars
- Blueberry Breakfast Muffins
Vegan Gluten Free Almond Joy Overnight Oatmeal (Keto, Paleo Option)
- 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1-2 tablespoon granulated sweetener of choice
- 1 scoop scoop vanilla protein powder optional
- 1/2-3/4 cup coconut milk can use any milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 tablespoon almonds
- 1 tablespoon chocolate chips of choice
- In a cereal bowl or small container, combine your rolled oats, coconut flour, vanilla protein powder, ground flax, sea salt and mix well.
- Add your milk of choice and mix well. Slowly stir in half your coconut, chocolate chips and almonds and mix well. Add extra milk if needed, and refrigerate.
- The next morning or several hours later, remove from the fridge. Add extra milk before topping with the rest of the coconut, almonds and chocolate chips.
- Prepare keto oatmeal base as directed.
- The next morning, stir in your coconut, almonds, and chocolate and mix well. Add extra milk if needed, and enjoy.
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