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A small glass trifle dish with chocolate oats topped with pecans, coconut and chocolate chunks next to a cup of espresso

German Chocolate Cake Overnight Oats

5 from 2 votes
These overnight oats have flavors reminiscent of German chocolate cake with toasted coconut and pecans, but with much less effort - and for breakfast! Only 5-10 minutes of prep before you let the fridge do the rest of the work for you overnight.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats, for gluten free, I recommend Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1 cup coconut milk, can substitute other plant-based or dairy milk, add more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon pure maple syrup, to taste (or honey if not vegan)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • German's Sweet Chocolate, chopped (optional)


Toasting pecans and coconut

  • This step is totally optional, but encouraged: In a small saucepan, toast the coconut flakes over medium low heat for a couple minutes until they smell fragrant and start to turn golden in color. Remove from pan and set aside, then repeat with the pecans.

Assemble and chill

  • In a small jar, combine all ingredients except for pecans and coconut (set aside a pinch of each for topping when you're ready to serve it), and stir to combine. Stir in pecans and coconut. If it would be easier, you can combine everything in a small bowl and then transfer it to a jar.
  • Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight. Serve as is, or warm it up in the microwave. Top with a few extra chopped pecans, shredded coconut flakes, and some chopped chocolate if desired, Enjoy!



Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, though I recommend consuming within 3-4 days for best results.
Chill time: It doesn't truly have to be 8 hours of chill time in the fridge - you can cut it down to 2 hours if need be, it just won't have the same soft texture as it would if it were to set for longer.
Want more chocolate flavor? Add some chopped or grated German's Sweet Chocolate to the mixture itself!


Calories: 563kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 7mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
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