Coconut Chocolate Overnight Oats

Chocolate, coconut, oats and almonds in a quick, healthy and easy to make breakfast.

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Coconut chocolate overnight oats - Chocolate, coconut, oats and almonds for a quick, healthy and easy to make breakfast. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Vegan

I tend to alternate between two weekday breakfasts – smoothies and overnight oats. Regardless of what time I get up I always seem to be in a rush by the time I get around to breakfast so whatever I eat needs to be quick and easy.

The huge advantage of overnight oats is that you do all the work the night before (what very little there is), so it’s there in the fridge ready to eat. If you prefer to eat them warm simply pop them in the microwave on full power for a minute before eating (make sure you give them a good stir when you take them out to ensure there’s no hot spots).

Coconut chocolate overnight oats - Chocolate, coconut, oats and almonds for a quick, healthy and easy to make breakfast. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Vegan
I’m perfectly happy eating plain and simple overnight oats, but recently I’ve been playing around with different flavours, throwing in random foods from the cupboard to see what works and what doesn’t. I honestly thought white chocolate and raspberry (one of my favourite muffin flavours) would be a stroke of genius, but sadly not. However, my coconut and chocolate experiment turned out much better.

In addition to desiccated coconut, coconut milk and cocoa powder, I also add a sprinkle of flaked almonds just before eating. They add a nice extra flavour and a little crunch. If you’re feeling a little more indulgent you can also add some melted dark chocolate or chocolate chips. It’s best to add the almonds just before eating as otherwise they’ll go soft overnight and you’ll lose the crunch.

If you don’t have coconut milk then this also tastes great with skimmed cows milk. I’ve also tried it with almond milk but I didn’t enjoy it as much.

Coconut chocolate overnight oats - Chocolate, coconut, oats and almonds for a quick, healthy and easy to make breakfast. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Vegan

Trying to be a bit more “Free From”

I’ve seen a trend amongst quite a few bloggers (and friends) recently to start cutting various food groups from their diets. They mostly seem to rave about the results so I should probably try it too, but I have to admit that I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to things like that and I’m resolutely sticking to eating anything I feel like. However, I realised recently that it means that I’m not all that comfortable catering for my friends and family who are following special diets.

One of the reasons I started this blog was to make myself cook more and grow my repertoire. In the past when I had people over for dinner I fussed around in a bit of a panic all day about what to cook before resorting to my staple of sausages and mash (which I still love by the way). I’m happy to say that my blind panic has now gone and I’m comfortable cooking for friends. However, as soon as someone says they have a special dietary need the panic returns. I’m just not used to having to eliminate certain food groups from any of my cooking.

I’ve decided that I need to start cooking more “free from” foods, quite simply to know that I can.

I’d originally made these oats for a while with cows milk but decided that it would be a good step in the “free from” direction to use a dairy free alternative. I know it’s only switching milk, but I’ve never bought coconut/almond/soya (and on and on…) milk before so it seemed like a good place to start. It turns out it actually made this breakfast taste better… more coconutty, so it’s definitely something I’m planning to use again. However, it’s also a first step in making myself try new foods.

I’m hoping to share more purposely “free from” recipes (they are sometimes free of certain allergens by chance rather than any special intention) as I learn more about how to cook for anybody that turns up on my doorstep.

Do you eliminate any food groups from your diet? Do you feel comfortable cooking for people that do?

Coconut chocolate overnight oats - Chocolate, coconut, oats and almonds for a quick, healthy and easy to make breakfast. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Vegan

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Coconut Chocolate Overnight Oats

Chocolate, coconut, oats and almonds in a quick, healthy and easy to make breakfast.
Active Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Overnight in the fridge 8 hours
Servings 1 serving


  • 50 g oats - roughly ½ cup
  • 15 g desiccated coconut - 1 heaped tbsp
  • 1 flat tsp cocoa powder
  • 120 ml coconut milk - or skimmed cows milk
  • 1 heaped tsp flaked almonds


  • Put the oats, desiccated coconut, cocoa powder and coconut milk into a bowl and give it a good stir.
  • Cover and put into the fridge over night.
  • In the morning, remove from the fridge and stir in the flaked almonds.
  • Enjoy!


Have you tried this recipe? Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.
Have you tried this recipe?Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of the page to let others know what you thought.
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Keyword: Dairy-Free, Vegan

Nutritional Information

Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 35.2g | Protein: 8.8g | Fat: 18.9g | Saturated Fat: 10.6g | Sodium: 80mg | Fiber: 7.6g | Sugar: 4.3g
Any nutritional information shown is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.

Free From/Suitable For…

The ingredients I used to make this recipe are all free from the following allergens. However, please check any labels carefully for allergens you need to avoid as brands can vary and product recipes can change over time.

  • Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans (not vegan if using cow’s milk instead of coconut)
  • Gluten-Free (please ensure you buy gluten-free oats as whilst oats are naturally gluten-free, gluten can often be added during the manufacturing process)
  • Dairy-Free (unless using cow’s milk instead of coconut milk)
  • Sulphite-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Soya-Free
  • Lupin-Free


  1. I’ve been eating overnight oats since I started going for a run first thing on a morning. It’s quick and helps me to build up my energy levels again. I like this recipe as it feels like a bit of a treat having chocolate for my breakfast. Thank you Charlotte for the recipe.

  2. Wow! These look awesome! I love coconut and chocolate. It’s a perfect mixture

  3. We are big fans of porridge in this house its great for getting a dose of calcium into dairy/soya free kids but noone really wants it in the summer! These look really good and may just succeed in getting the Peachicks to finally eat overnight oats! Also nice to have a breakfast recipe with no bananas in – they are hard to find (I cant touch or eat bananas due to latex allergy!)


    • I love bananas in smoothies but I haven’t found an overnight oats recipe with banana that I love yet. I’m working on a few more flavours at the moment that aren’t banana-y too so you should keep a look out for them.

  4. Oooh – that might even persuade me to eat porridge. Sounds great!

  5. This was my first time trying overnight oats, I’ve been such a warm oatmeal kinda gal for so long, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone a bit (lol). I think drizzling some melted peanut or nut butter overtop would just be divine! Also, I might try heating them up, which I know, defeats the purpose but I love a warm breakfast!

    I’m gluten free (not celiac, but my body thanks me when I avoid gluten!), and so I am comfortable coming up with meals that don’t include bread or gluten grains. My sister is a vegetarian, so if she’s visiting I always have meals full of vegetables, and my mom is vegan, which definitely limits my use of butter 🙁 but I would do anything for my family and friends so I’m constantly on the lookout for new interesting recipes!! It’s great that you’re thinking about others’ dietary needs, as so many people and restaurants don’t!

    • My husband isn’t keen on cold oats so if I make overnight oats for him I’ll pop it into the microwave for a minute to heat it up first. It has all the lovely texture and flavour of the cold version but it’s warming too.

      As my family don’t have any special dietary requirements I generally cook with whatever I feel like, but I hate having people over and having no idea what to cook for them. Hopefully a bit more free-from cooking will help me be better prepared.

      • I think the secret to starting out with free-from cooking is start with a recipe you could make with your eyes closed because free-from substitutes can often work slightly differently but you know what textures etc the recipe needs to have/look like so you can judge quantities to substitute better. (no idea if that made sense!!) Gluten free flour is definitely something I haven’t got to grips with yet as it really needs eggs but we cant use them!

  6. Charlotte, thanks for sharing! I love overnight oats and chocolate, but I haven’t tried them together, yet! And I don’t eliminate any foods from my diet currently, but I used to be a vegetarian, so I tend to cook vegetarian meals most of the time. I’ve actually been trying to experiment more with meat so that I’m more comfortable cooking it.

    • Charlotte Oates

      I’m pretty sure it’s easier to introduce meat into meals than take it out (everything tastes better with added bacon!) so I’m sure you’ll have a whole array of meat filled dishes in no time!

  7. These are gorgeous! I love overnight oats, I’ll have to try this combination!

  8. I love overnight oats too! I can’t eat them at the moment but I still do them for the kids and hubby every now and again. I hope I can help you be more confident in freefrom cooking! Just ask if you want to know anything!!! Love your photos as always. Did you do a course or teach yourself? I am currently looking for a course…

    • Charlotte Oates

      I have so many questions about free from cooking so I’m sure I’ll be over asking you very soon.

      My photography is self taught. I bought the book by pinch of yum which is a good introduction although I suspect you’ll know most of what’s in it already. I basically find pictures I like, try to figure out how they were taken and then Google a lot until I can find the tips I need. I’d love to find a really great food photography course to add some structure to what I do so if you find one let me know.

  9. These overnight oats look so tasty! Good on you for stepping out of your comfort zone and trying a “free from” recipe and trying new foods 🙂 coconut milk is delicious in many recipes! Thank you for sharing with #freefromfridays!

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Kyra. I’ve only recently tried coconut milk but I love the flavour so I’ll definitely be using it again soon.

  10. I love this and I adore how you are expanding your repertoire and trying new things, I love that about cooking. I want to try overnight oats and I adore coconut milk, it’s so creamy. I mostly stick to low carb, low GI and wheat-free food, I feel better and it’s healthy, can’t wait to see more of these kinds of recipes from you. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

    • Charlotte Oates

      It’s a bit daunting as “free-from” is a complete mystery to me at the moment, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

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