Almond Joy Overnight Oats

Candy bar oatmeal: kid-tested, parent approved.

Well, not parent approved, because I’m not a parent, but as a child-at-heart, this oatmeal is DELICIOUS. If you haven’t tried overnight oats when you’re out backpacking, I highly recommend it. You know those mornings when you want to get up early and get out of camp, and really really really don’t want to have to cook breakfast? Bam, enter overnight oats! Immediate breakfast gratification!


As a kid, I never really enjoyed the Almond Joys candy bars. They, like the PayDay, were under-appreciated, and left at the bottom of my Halloween candy stash. Don’t get me wrong – I would still eat them. But it would be with a sense of, “well, this is chocolate, so it’s got to be good.”

Years later, all grown up and out of the Halloween-circuit, I LOVE this combo. Chocolate chips add just the right amount of sweetness, almond gives it a good crunch, and the coconut rounds out the flavors. I bet that, as and adult, you too will find that the almond-coconut-chocolate combo is heavenly in oatmeal. Pair it with a great big mug of coffee + homemade almond milk, and be fueled for a day of hiking or bouldering!

DISCLAIMER: Okay, so this oatmeal is more dessert and less high-protein energy, but the oats and the almonds give you a great get-up-and-go. And a little chocolate at breakfast isn’t so bad, right?

When it comes to backpacking or camping, the best part about this recipe is that it requires no dehydrating; hooray for lazy preparation! I’m keen on finding ways to limit my plastic waste on trail or at camp, so I store one serving of these oats in a BlueAvocado (re)Zip 8oz bag. I like these little baggies because they are easy to clean, and pack down pretty dang small when empty. No affiliate links here – I just think they’re great! I also use the Sea to Summit Delta Bowl and Lid to rehydrate (or in this case, just soak) all my food on trail. I find it’s big enough for hearty portions, and the lid seals on surprisingly well.

If you’re just enjoying this at home, I highly recommend cutting the non-fat powdered milk, and, in place of water, adding a 1/2 cup of milk of your choice. It boost the flavor that much more.

I’m also trying something out with my blog. Every recipe I post will be formatted to fit on a 4×6 recipe card, and available for download! I like this size because it fits easily in a small, cheap photo album. Load up the album with recipe cards instead of pictures (or both?!) and then you have a little camp cookbook! Download the recipe card below and let me know what you think!

Almond Joy Overnight Oatmeal

Calories: 267cal          Protein: 10g

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp shredded or flaked coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp semi sweet dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp non-fat powdered milk (optional)

At home: Combine all ingredients in small bag.

At camp: The night before, pour all ingredients into a covered bowl or container, and add 1/2 cup of water. Stir well. Store in your bear canister or somewhere critter-proof, and enjoy in the morning!

Recipe Card – Almond Joy Oatmeal

And if you give this recipe a shot and like it, let me know in the comments below!

What’s your favorite oatmeal recipe?



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