10-Minute Almond Joy Oatmeal

Almond Joy Oatmeal {from Two Healthy Kitchens}

You know what I want for breakfast? Mmmmmm … I really wish I could have an Almond Joy candy bar … but in a healthy, hearty, keep-you-powered-up-all-morning breakfast!

Oh wait … that’s exactly what I made! Yay! :D (Oh friends, you know how much I love Almond Joys … remember these snack bites?)

Sweet coconut and crunchy almonds, with just a hint of creamy chocolate. All swirled together in a deliciously warm and satisfying bowl of almost-instant oatmeal … mmmmmmm!

And this got the ultimate double-stamp of approval. Not just because my family absolutely loves it and excitedly asks me to make it regularly … I mean, that’s a given for recipes we share with you here at THK.

Almond Joy Oatmeal {from Two Healthy Kitchens}

Nope! It’s because of what happened one day last weekend … (picture a time warp here) … when my family made a spur-of-the-moment decision to hit the slopes of our local ski resort (as we headed into our umpteenth-straight, freezing cold Ohio day).

My husband gallantly offered to make breakfast while the rest of us showered and grabbed our gear. The kids wanted Almond Joy Oatmeal (again!), so I handed Romeo my laptop with the draft of this recipe post (and experienced the strange and wonderful sensation of letting someone else handle breakfast duty)!

Almond Joy Oatmeal {Two Healthy Kitchens}

Minutes later, Romeo arrived upstairs with a huge smile and a steamy bowl of this oatmeal, gleefully declaring, “This recipe is totally THK! I can’t believe how easy it was to make!” (You shoulda seen his eyes sparkle! You would’ve thought he’d just seen a unicorn!) “I thought it’d be hard, but it was done so fast and it’s really, really good, and healthy and filling! Really kid-friendly, too! It’s just great!”

He was so stinkin’ cute – utterly earnest in his excited discovery that our THK recipes really are that easy to make! (Well, yeah, sweetie – that’s kinda the whole premise of Two Healthy Kitchens!)

I grabbed a pencil and frantically wrote down his little gems of wisdom before I forgot what he’d said – this was the very best and most glowing recipe review I could have hoped for!

But really – this 10-minute oatmeal is absolutely worthy of a double-stamp of THK approval!

Almond Joy Oatmeal {Two Healthy Kitchens}

My husband was 100% right – delicious, healthy, filling, and a total breeze to make. (Ummmmm … I kinda designed it that way … but don’t go telling Romeo that and bursting his bubble of excited discovery!)

I don’t mind one bit that my kiddos request it all the time, because I can whip this together and check breakfast right off my list (even when I don’t have the luxury of letting someone else take over the kitchen)!

Almond Joy Oatmeal {Two Healthy Kitchens}

I’m not kidding about the 10-minute prep! (Well, ok … actually I kinda am … it’s probably more like 7.2 minutes! But “7.2-Minute Almond Joy Oatmeal” just didn’t have the same ring!) The most time-consuming part of the whole process is just getting the milk and water to boil!

So fire up your most powerful burner, and get ready to meet your new favorite oatmeal!

THK By Shelley

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Because I’m always testing or retesting a recipe, double-checking measurements, trying one last possible variation … my Romeo doesn’t do much cooking. But he’s really totally trustworthy in the kitchen and he’s actually a pretty terrific, creative and intuitive cook! Back before kiddos, we even enjoyed leisurely cooking together (before we had to embrace divide-and-conquer-parent-mode)! So I’m wondering – who does most of the cooking in your house?

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10-Minute Almond Joy Oatmeal
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Yield: About 4½ cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups non-fat milk
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2½ cups quick oats
  • ¾ cup coconut
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 3½ tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips, optional, for serving
Preparation
  1. Bring the milk and water to a boil in a saucepan that’s large enough to prevent boil-overs. (While your milk and water heat up, gather your other ingredients and have them ready, because the rest of the cooking goes very quickly.)
  2. Once the liquids boil, reduce the heat to low. Add the oats and then stir in all other ingredients except optional chocolate chips.
  3. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes as you’re adding the ingredients, until oats are done and oatmeal is thickened to your liking. (If you’re not quick about adding the ingredients, you can turn the stove off as you add the final items so that your oatmeal doesn’t get too thick, or you can add just a little more milk to thin the consistency to your liking.)
  4. Serve with about ½ teaspoon chocolate chips sprinkled on top of each serving, if desired.

 

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  4. We made the Almond Joy Oatmeal and it was a huge hit! Everyone liked it:) Especially with the chocolate chips on top. Thanks so much for the recipe. Gives me something different to make in the morning

    • Awwwww … thanks so much for taking the time to stop back and let us know how much your family liked this! We totally appreciate that! :D And we’re so thrilled this was as much of a hit for you as it always is for us! Isn’t it so great to have some new, fresh ideas to keep mornings interesting?!?!? ~G&S

  5. What a great bowl of oatmeal! While I was pregnant I ate oatmeal daily…now that I am sleep deprived and basically throwing whatever is available in my mouth as I wake up in the morning I have gotten off the oatmeal bandwagon. This bowl of oatmeal makes me want to get back on it–looks so wonderful and delicious!

    • Yep, Julia! You should for sure just hop right back on that yummy, nutritious bandwagon! (After all, you especially need to keep yourself healthy while you’re sleep deprived and busy mommying!). This makes a nice, big batch, too. So, you can make it just once or twice for the week – refrigerate, maybe thin with a bit of milk, and rewarm … a really fast yet nourishing breakfast that’ll get you through several blurry, not-enough-sleep mornings! Hang in there – Drew’s beyond-beautiful and worth every single sleepless night! :D ~G&S

    • Oh, Dearna! I’m so sad for you about the lack of Almond Joys in your life! Another of our Australian readers also mentioned that you guys don’t have them. But, not to worry! This oatmeal will fix you right up – and it’s so much healthier than the real deal candy bars, anyway! Problem solved! :D ~Shelley

    • Hi, Trish! Really, it is! It totally satisfies your craving for a little decadence now and then, while providing fabulous fuel-you up and keep-you full nutrition for your busy days! And so ridiculously easy! Yay! :D ~G&S

  6. Almond joys are chocolate bars, right? We don’t get them over here (in Australia) but I’ve been reading about how delicious they are! This oatmeal looks fantastic for a bit of indulgence on a busy morning. Deliciously easy! Thanks Shelley!

    • Hey, Laura! You guys don’t have Almond Joys?!?!? So sad! Although I guess maybe I would trade koalas for them, given the choice … so you win on that one, for sure! Yep – they’re chocolate candy bars, and I just looooove the flavor combination (you’ve kinda picked up on that, right??) – although to be honest, I don’t love the big ‘ole almond they smack on top – if only they used lovely sliced almonds (ummmmm … like in this recipe! :D). Gretchen laughs sometimes at how much I love these flavors. We joke that I’m always trying to sneak almond extract into recipes (almond meatloaf, anyone?). You gotta try this oatmeal – just close your eyes and pretend it’s in the shape of a little candy bar! ~Shelley

  7. If only I could eat a candy bar for breakfast…and not feel bad about it for the rest of the day. I’ll take this oatmeal as the second best option. It looks just as tasty and I definitely won’t feel guilty after eating it. :)

    • You will totally love it! And in just 7.2 minutes (or … well … even in 10!) – you can love it on even the busiest mornings! Yay! We’re so happy you stopped by, Cate! Have a fabulous weekend! ~G&S

  8. I’ve been seeing all these delicious oatmeal recipes lately and now I am dying to try some of them. Of course, I love the coconut, almonds and brown sugar in this oatmeal. Glad to see that it received the stamp of approval from everyone!

    • Ashley, put this one on the top of your list! It’s fabulously hearty, has the perfect amount of crunch, slightly sweet … and just plain delicious! Something this awesome in less than 10 minutes … yep … it’s perfection! :) ~G&S

    • Yes, we’ve been buying the bulk sizes of quick oats lately! And we STILL go through them so fast! This recipe is a perfect use for quick oats … and it comes together in a flash! Hope you love it as much as we do! :) ~G&S

  9. Yum! Love the”10-Minute Almond Joy Oatmeal”. This is a great variation on an old stand-by. Keep it coming.

    • So glad you tried it – thanks a million for stopping back to let us know! You always have such great feedback on so many of our recipes – can’t tell you how much we appreciate that! And yep … we’ll keep ‘em coming, for sure! :D ~G&S

  10. This looks great! And, I made those Almond Joy Bites, so I share your love of all things Almond Joy! What a cute story about your husband. I do most of the cooking, but Dan is pretty good in the kitchen. He’ll tell you it’s because I taught him well. I just blush when he says that. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks fantastic!

    • Awwww, Debi! I remember you made those Almond Joy Snack Bites for a potluck back in the fall! I’m so flattered you still have ‘em top-of-mind! And with all the awesome recipes swirling in your head that you’re always cooking up for your own blog … well, I’m truly flattered! Almond Joy lovers unite!!! Oh – and about blushing over that compliment?!?!? OF COURSE it’s because you’re such a great teacher! :D ~Shelley

  11. Wow!! This looks amazing!! I used to make a big bowl of oatmeal like this and fill it with half a banana, peanut butter and mini semi sweet chocolate chips!! It was so filling and delicious!! Andddd still healthy and low calorie! WIN WIN!!! :)

    • Yummmm … your version of oatmeal sounds delish, too Cailee! We are loving a warm and filling breakfast on these frigid days! But … we’re pretty sure this will taste just as fabulous in the summer! Almonds and coconut are downright tropical! Yep – perfect year round! :) ~G&S

    • Yes … but you won’t need to hide in the pantry because you don’t want the family to know you are eating dessert for breakfast! (Not that any of us have ever done that!) You can enjoy this all around the table! It’s a hit with the kids and the adults! Soooo yummy! :) ~G&S

    • Well, to be perfectly honest, it takes less than 10 minutes! :D Just think of what you’ll be able to do with all that extra time! Laundry, cleaning, sitting down and enjoying your coffee … oh the list could go on and on! Hope you enjoy it! ~G&S

  12. Sounds lovely! I have oatmeal every week-day morning pretty much and if I have any chocolate in the house I always sneak in a square or two! Love the idea of adding almonds and brown sugar. Bet it has a lovely caramel taste!

    • Well it’s no secret now that you are sneaking the chocolate in! LOL!! No worries – we won’t tell anyone! :D
      The almonds and brown sugar are so delicious mixed in … and the coconut just completes the dish! It’s almost tropical! A must add to your recipe list! ~G&S

  13. Too bad I didn’t see this sooner today so I was able to make it for breakfast :–( This looks beyond fantastic – dessert for breakfast is my favorite! And the fact that it’s so easy to make is great.
    SO bookmarking this for breakfast tomorrow! xxx

    • Oh Consuelo, don’t be sad … this oatmeal will certainly put a big smile on your face! Your whole family will simply love this recipe! Kid-friendly yet totally sophisticated … in that ‘I-love-dessert-for-breakfast’ kind of way! The fact that it comes together in just a few minutes is a total bonus! :) ~G&S

  14. Looks delish! I love new ways to enjoy oatmeal! It would be much nicer if my fella would make it for me, too. ;) I think that’s wishful thinking unfortunately … sad trombone …

    • Lol!!! Sad trombone?!? That’s hilarious! But really, Sharon – your guy can do this! It’s crazy easy! And then you can be livin’ the dream … lazing in a snuggly bed for an extra 7.2 minutes while your Romeo whips up an awesome breakfast! Haha – you’ll thank us, no doubt! :D Have a great weekend! ~G&S

  15. Chocolatey, coconutty goodness for breakfast? Yessssss please! Josh has very limited success in the kitchen, so he usually stays out of it for fear of accidentally adding 1 c of cajun seasoning to 1 head of shredded cauliflower (it’s happened, and there’s no way to fix that). His responsibilities are grilled cheese, pita chips, and photography ;-)

    • That is seriously hilarious! I mean really – that actually did happen?!?!? Oh, poor Josh! But you know – I guy who can rock out a killer grilled cheese or take some top-notch pics … well, that kinda guy is still a keeper for sure! And really – I’m pretty sure he could make this oatmeal happen – it’s just too, too easy (as long as there’s no cajun seasoning nearby!). Good luck with that little experiment! :D ~Shelley

  16. This is almost a dessert for breakfast…what’s not to like? I will definitely try this recipe since we often have our “boring” oatmeal for breakfast.
    Thanks for the recipe Shelley and hope you are enjoying your week :D

    • Hi, Juliana! We so truly know where you’re coming from … desert for breakfast – PERFECT!!!! And no way is this boring oatmeal! It’s fun, happy, oh-so-yummy, ha-ha-we’re-cheating-the-system-and-having-dessert-for-breakfast oatmeal! :D Hope you’re having a fab week, too! ~G&S

    • Awwwww … you know what? He really is pretty gosh-darn awesome! Somehow I kinda did get the very, very best one! :D But about this recipe … we’re talkin’ some seriously good oatmeal here! Try it for sure! It’s ridiculously easy and such a crowd-pleaser! Hey – and thanks so much for stopping by! ~Shelley

  17. Just too funny! Food can actually be easy to make?! Every time I ask my husband to cook dinner he just looks so frightened. Making anything that requires following a recipe is not his forte. He asks a thousand questions!! lol No questions asked on this recipe! How can you beat 10 minute oatmeal! Sounds absolutely delicious!

    • Oh your poor guy! Well, we don’t want to scare him, but really – he could probably make it through this oatmeal all by himself! It’s that easy! :D And yeppers – soooooo delicious! Hope you make it (bonus points if HE does!!!)! Have an awesome weekend, Cindy! ~G&S

    • Lol! No way you need to share – it’s totally over-rated! Hoard it all for yourself! Actually, this makes enough that you truly could do that and reheat it for yourself for breakfast all week! (You might want to add a little extra milk to thin it back out when you warm it up.) But shhhhhhhh … don’t tell your family I said so! :D ~Shelley

  18. This sounds great and I can’t wait to try it. It’s like I saw a unicorn-love that! I’m out of coconut, but putting this on my must try! And I don’t even have to get my kids ready to ski. Reminds me of when we had a checklist. They used to go every weekend with their dad and it was such an effort. Finally after always forgetting something they came up with a checklist and all was well!

    • That’s an awesome idea about a checklist! I am a total list-maker. (You know – I make lists for EVERYTHING and sometimes even include easy stuff just so I can cross it off and feel like I accomplished something! :D) So how have I missed the idea of creating a ski gear checklist?? No really – I am going to click over to my word processor and type one up right now! Not kidding! Hope you love my oatmeal as much as I love my new ski checklist! :D ~Shelley

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