This healthy overnight oats recipe has all the best bits of a snickers candy/chocolate bar, minus the added fats, butter and nasties AND packed with protein! Because of the ingredients used, it is also completely gluten free, vegan, dairy free and sugar free!
There are some intense candy bar debates happening right now and I’m just here eating oatmeal….Snickers style.
Have you ever been part of the Snickers VS Mars Bar debate?
For the longest of times, I actually thought they were the exact same things. Actually, I think I favored Mars bars because my childhood best friend liked them and I literally mimicked their every move.
The other day, my sister and I were debating which was better. She was team Mars and I was team
venus Snickers. Niki claimed that mars bars were superior because they contained a finer quality caramel and nougat. She was, as usual, incorrect.
Snickers basics- Nougat, caramel, peanuts with a chocolate coating.
Mars bars basics- Nougat, caramel, and a chocolate coating.
Snickers bars, based on my palettes- Better tasting caramel, less nougat, just enough peanuts and basic (betch) chocolate.
Mars bars, based on my palettes- Basic (betch) caramel, TOO MUCH Nougat (as in, you would give your mouth a workout) and basic (betch) caramel. NO PEANUTS.
Why else would Snickers bars get precedence over Mars bars? Well, Australian mars bars DECREASED in size in a bid to decrease obesity.
Yes, don’t get me started.
Anyway, let’s talk the main parts of a snickers candy bar again- Nougat, salted peanuts, chocolate coating and caramel.
When it comes to any of my oatmeal recipes, I aim for it to not be boring oatmeal with related toppings. No- It needs to try to have a similar texture too.
Nougat- For health (and availability!) reasons, the notion of adding actual nougat in the oatmeal was not feasible. Also, I wanted this to be a hearty, filling breakfast which does NOT leaving you in a sugar crash. Hence, I aimed to make the oatmeal base having a soft, doughy like texture similar to nougat. This is aided by using flaxseed meal and of course, coconut flour.
Caramel- Before I went to America, I always had a stash of homemade caramel on hand. This is because I would make this 3 ingredient no bake salted caramel slice on a weekly basis. The caramel sauce is also what I use in this recipe, and an amazing caramel to have on hand! To keep it completely sugar free, use a sugar free caramel sauce, like this one.
Chocolate coating- There are a few options for this. Either a high quality packaged one (I love this one which is just agave and cocoa), or if you don’t mind stevia sweetened ones, I have tried this one before too. Alternatively, you can easily make your own using coconut milk (or milk of choice) cocoa powder, granulated sweetener of choice (I used a monk fruit stevia blend) and a pinch of sea salt.
Salted peanuts- I made my own salted peanuts by getting in “formation” with Beyonce.
Okay, enough jibber jabber. I got hot sauce in my bag (swag!) and an epic recipe for you.
This healthy snickers overnight oats recipe is packed with protein and tastes like dessert, you’d actually feel sinful eating it…but you shouldn’t! The texture of this oatmeal recipe is unlike any you’ve eaten, thanks to a few cheeky additions. By replacing sugar, butter and hydrogenized oils (typically found in many candy bars) with some smart swaps, you can enjoy dessert for breakfast every single day! Because of the ingredients used, this healthy snickers overnight oats recipe is naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free and refined sugar free!
HACK! While optional, I DO recommend adding the optional protein powder. For oatmeal recipes, I always use my favorite casein protein powder, brown rice vegan protein powder or this blend which is a mix of whey, casein and egg protein (the paleo one doesn’t work well with oatmeal). As always, I do not recommend strictly whey based protein powder as the ones I tested typically make the texture very sticky.
Make this healthy protein packed Snickers Overnight Oats and let’s join team Arman here.
Snickers > Mars.
- 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
- 2 T crushed salted peanuts, divided
- 1/2-3/4 cup + milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)
- 1 T caramel sauce of choice (see above)
- 1 T chocolate sauce (see above)
- Sea salt, to garnish
- 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 first, vanilla extract and mix well. If mixture is too crumbly (it may be due to coconut flour and protein powder), add extra dairy free milk until an inch or so remains above the oats. Add 1 tablespoon of the salted peanuts and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.
- The next morning, remove- Oat mixture should be thick and creamy. If too thick, add milk to thin out to desired consistency. Top with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, extra tablespoon of salted peanuts and a dash of sea salt 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 milk prior. Oatmeal is also freezer friendly.
Have an epic weekend friends and rock that Givenchy dress.
Team MARS or team SNICKERS?
Are you a fan of the nougat texture?