There are two things completely ridiculous about this recipe:
(a) ‘Snickers Salad’ actually exists
(b) This is my second Snickers Salad-inspired recipe
Actually, I’ve even posted a recipe for Snickers Salad Overnight Oats before. But this one’s my ‘new and improved’ version. I greatly prefer the texture of this one – it’s a lot creamier! I also swapped the caramel syrup for some chopped dates. Plus, it makes two servings, so you can share the Snickers Salad love with someone else.
Or, if you’re like me, hoard the second serving all to yourself. (I kept it in the fridge for the next morning).
I absolutely loved the last Snickers Salad Overnight Oats recipe, and I love this one even more. Maybe it’s because of the cartoon-style ridiculousness of a Snickers Salad. Or maybe chocolate, peanuts and green apples taste really good together, despite my doubts.
Whatever it is, I have an intense love – bordering on an obsession – for these overnight oats.
It wouldn’t surprise me if some of you are thinking, “What the hell is a Snickers Salad?!”
Well, I can explain it to you via a visual equation:
Or, I can just tell you what it is: a Snickers Salad consists of Granny Smith apples, marshmallows, Cool Whip (or another whipped cream-esque topping) and Snickers bars.
In what world is that considered a salad? Uh, in the world of the Midwest. (In the USA, in case that wasn’t obvious).
To make this ‘salad’ a little more breakfast-worthy, I’ve left out the Cool Whip and Snickers bars. Instead of whipped cream, there’s a super creamy overnight oats mixture. And instead of Snickers bars, I’ve included chocolate chips, peanuts and a few dates. I left the marshmallows as optional in the recipe, although I simply couldn’t include them. That was a step too far.
This recipe was adapted from The Oatmeal Artist’s Snickers Salad Oatmeal
Question of the Day:
When is a salad no longer a salad? I’ve always thought ‘Macaroni Salad’ was ridiculous – it’s a pasta dish, not a salad! Plus, it’s usually full of mayonnaise, which is hardly a health food.
But Snickers Salad makes Macaroni Salad seem sane by comparison.
- For the overnight oats:
- ⅔ cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup milk of choice
- 1 cup Greek-style yogurt (dairy or non-dairy)
- 2 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 1 green apple, diced
For the mix-ins:
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup peanuts
- Optional: Mini marshmallows or chopped marshmallows
- In a large bowl or container, combine the rolled oats, chia seeds, vanilla extract, yogurt and milk. Add the chopped dates and apple and mix until completely combined.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (or put the lid on the container) and leave in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, stir about three-quarters of the chocolate chips and peanuts (and marshmallows, if using) into the overnight oats. If the oats are too thick, also stir in some extra milk.
- Divide the oats between two bowls, and top with the remaining mix-ins. Enjoy!
I love using Greek-style vanilla yogurt for this recipe. Plain yogurt should be fine, but you may wish to add a little maple syrup to compensate for the sourness.