Overnight Oatmeal German Chocolate Cake

These overnight oats taste like German chocolate cake with toasted coconut and walnuts, but with far less work and for breakfast! Just 5-10 minutes of prep time before letting the fridge do the rest of the job overnight.

Does this taste exactly like German Chocolate Cake?

Nope! To make that happen, we’d have to add all kinds of unhealthy ingredients, and the idea was to provide you a breakfast alternative that strongly reminded you of the tastes of that crazy fantastic cake, not to replace it.

I prefer to sprinkle mine with a teaspoon of chopped Germany Sweet Chocolate, but you could also add some to the oatmeal mixture itself. This will enhance the chocolate taste!

Germany Sweet Chocolate baking bars are often found in the baking department of your local supermarket.

What’s the difference between oatmeal and overnight oats?

Oatmeal is often served warm and produced immediately before serving, however overnight oats are served cold and straight from the fridge. There is no need for heat!

Nevertheless, for added taste, this recipe for German Chocolate Cake overnight oats includes an optional step of toasting shredded coconut and pecans in a skillet on the stovetop. But if you’re pressed for time, you may skip it!

Do I have to toast the coconut and pecans?

You don’t, but I highly advise you to! It just takes a few minutes more, and the coconut, in particular, adds a lovely nutty taste that you won’t want to miss out on.

I roast coconut for a little longer than most people because I enjoy the additional crunch!

How to make the best overnight oats

The amazing thing about overnight oats in general is how easily they can be customized. You may change things up depending on what you have on hand and your particular preferences.

What is the best ratio for overnight oats?

Equal parts oats and milk work best. If you want yours a bit thinner, add a little extra milk.

4 cup yogurt. You may alternatively add half as much yogurt for a creamier texture and tangier taste. So for this recipe, 1 cup oats, 1 cup milk, and 1 cup honey

Use old fashioned rolled oats

For overnight oats, avoid steel cut or quick oats. Old-fashioned oats absorb the correct quantity of moisture without becoming mushy, while steel cut oats are too rough and quick oats are too soft.

I’m also a huge admirer of Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats if you need gluten free for any reason.

Use whatever kind of milk you like

I like to use coconut milk in this recipe since it contributes beautifully to the overall taste profile of German Chocolate Cake, but you could use whatever dairy or nondairy milk you choose. Or maybe even chocolate milk! OMG, I’m going to use chocolate milk next time.

Chia seeds are optional, but encouraged!

Chia seeds contribute fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids to the oats and make them thicker by absorbing moisture and becoming plump.

Some individuals dislike the texture of chia seeds, so you may totally leave them out if you are one of them.

What kind of sweetener should I use?

As a sweetener, either maple syrup or honey will suffice. Stick to maple syrup if you’re a vegan. If you are less cautious about your sugar intake, you might use the same quantity of coconut sugar, brown sugar, or granulated sugar.

Bear in mind that adding chopped chocolate to yours will give a touch of additional sweetness.

German Chocolate Cake Overnight Oats

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Prep Time: 10mins
Total Time: 8hrs10mins
Servings: 2servings
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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.


  • 2 tablespoons toasted unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons toasted and chopped pecans
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (I prefer Bobs Red Mill for gluten-free oats)
  • 1 cup coconut milk; replace any plant-based or dairy milk as desired; add more as required
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 teaspoons cacao powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • to taste, 2 teaspoon pure maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Germans, chopped Sweet Chocolate (optional)


Toasting pecans and coconut

  • This step is entirely optional, but highly recommended: Toast the coconut flakes in a small saucepan over medium low heat for a few minutes, or until they smell aromatic and begin to become golden in color. Remove from the pan and put aside before repeating with the pecans.
    2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut, 2 tbsp. pecans

Assemble and chill

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla essence, 2 tsp pure maple syrup, a pinch of sea salt, and 2 tbsp pecans

    Combine all ingredients in a small jar, except the pecans and coconut (save a sprinkle of each for topping when ready to serve), and whisk to blend. Mix in the pecans and coconut. If it would be simpler, you may mix everything in a small dish and then transfer it to a jar.
    2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut, 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats, 1 cup coconut milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 3 tbsp cacao powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Refrigerate overnight, covered with a lid. Serve cold or heated in the microwave. If desired, top with more chopped pecans, shredded coconut flakes, and chopped chocolate.
    Delicious Chocolate Germans


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!

Nutrition Facts

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
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