Samoa Cookie Overnight Oats

These samoa cookie overnight oats are like having dessert for breakfast. Easy to meal prep and a way to satisfy that sweet tooth. Vegan, gluten free, and just requires about 5 minutes to prep.

Holding one of the decorated oatmeal jars.

Oats are one of my favorite breakfast options. While you’ll often see me sharing all of my favorite stovetop oats recipes like this Coconut Cream Zucchini Oatmeal, overnight oats are my secret weapon for busy mornings. Literally meal prep by mixing all the ingredients the night before, then wake up to delicious oats you can grab and go with.

Two prepped jars of overnight oats with shredded coconut, chocolate chips, pepitas and cacoa nibs.

What ingredients make this taste like samoas?

  • Medjool Dates: gooey soft pieces that provide a hint of sweet caramel flavor in each bite
  • Shredded Coconut: both regular shredded coconut and toasted shredded coconut to enhance flavor in the oats and as a topping
  • Chocolate Chips: used some vegan, fair-trade semi-sweet chocolate chips for these oats

How to make samoa cookie overnight oats

These oats were designed to be super easy to put together. Start by adding your oats, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, chocolate chips, chopped dates and chia seeds then give it a good mix. Then it’s time to add your liquid, so stir in your plant milk and your vanilla extract. Give everything a good mix then place in the fridge to set.

Overnight oats that sat overnight to gel and thicken.

To prep toasted shredded coconut, take your remaining coconut and place in a pan over low medium heat, stirring well until shreds are lightly toasted, about 2-3 minutes. When ready to serve, just top with extra chocolate chips and toasted coconut.

Tips for making overnight oats

  • Make sure to use rolled oats (sometimes called old fashioned oats) for this. Do not use steel cut oats as they will not soften enough overnight even with a lot of liquid. And do not use quick oats as they will get really mushy. Rolled oats have the perfect texture as they will soften to eat, but still have a good chew after soaking.
  • These overnight oats need to soak for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight for best texture and creaminess. This also gives ingredients like the coconut and dates time to soften and meld their flavors into the oats.
  • Don’t skip on the salt. It makes a difference on balancing out and pronouncing the sweet elements a lot better.

Can I do overnight oats in any container?

You do not need a fancy jar for these overnight oats. Any container that you have that has a lid should work for these oats. Wider containers will also allow you to add a few more toppings if you prefer as well.

Can you warm up overnight oats?

You absolutely can! After your oats have set, feel free to reheat as desired. Usually 1-2 minutes in the microwave can work great for warming them up.

What can I pair with my oats?

Some good complements to the chocolate and coconut combo here would be things like bananas or even things like strawberries, but don’t feel like you are limited to that. You can also top these oats with nut butter, plant based yogurt or extra seeds like pepitas or hemp hearts. I recommend adding them in once your oats have set overnight.

Top view of decorated oat jars, two spoons on the side for serving.

More Overnight Oatmeal Ideas

Two decorated oatmeal jars sitting on a stripped napkin.
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Holding one of the decorated oatmeal jars.

Samoa Cookie Overnight Oats

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  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These samoa cookie overnight oats are like having dessert for breakfast. Easy to meal prep and a way to satisfy that sweet tooth. Vegan, gluten free, and just requires about 5 minutes to prep.


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (or gluten free rolled oats)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 medjool dates, chopped
  • 2 tbsp shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 tbsp chocolate chips
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage (carton not canned)
  • Splash of vanilla extract


  1. To a jar or regular container, add in your oats, chia seeds, medjool dates, 1 tbsp shredded coconut, chocolate chips, cinnamon, and salt then give everything a good stir.
  2. Add your plant milk and vanilla extract and give another good stir before sealing your jar or container with a lid.
  3. Place your container in the refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight.
  4. To make the toasted coconut, add your remaining shredded coconut to a pan over low medium heat and stir well until coconut has started to brown.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add your toasted coconut on top of your oats with extra chocolate chips, fruits and other seeds as desired.


Want this warm? Make sure to prep your oats in a microwave safe container. When ready to eat, remove from fridge and pop in the microwave for a minute or more to warm up. Then top and enjoy.

I recommend topping with fruit day of enjoying so that they don’t get mushy or weird in texture.

Make sure to use rolled oats or old fashioned oats for this recipe. I do not recommending steal cut oats for this as they will not soften. 

The longer your oats sit, the softer the oats will get. They may also absorb a lot of liquid. If your oats seem too thick, feel free to add a few tablespoons of plant milk to loosen up.

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