January 26, 2021

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

These Peanut Butter Overnight Oats make the perfect easy breakfast or even afternoon snack. They are packed with nutrition thanks to whole grain oats, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, and of course all natural peanut butter. Not only are they delicious, this make ahead recipe is a great option to meal prep in advance for a grab and go breakfast option throughout the week.

peanut butter overnight oats in two bowls with fresh fruit

Simple and Delicious Peanut Butter Overnight Oats: The Best Healthy Breakfast

For a lot of people, myself included, breakfast can be a somewhat challenging meal. First of all it is early (are we even awake yet?!) and you are trying to get in a good mix of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and a protein to keep you feeling “full and focused” throughout the day. There’s nothing worse than that 10am hanger attack from trying to survive the morning with just a cup of coffee…not fun.

Thankfully, overnight oats are here to save the day! Packed with healthy fats, plenty of fiber, carbohydrates, and protein, they are a miracle breakfast. The best part? You can make them the night before, grab them in the morning, top with fresh fruit, and start the day with a nutritious breakfast that will keep you feeling nourished and energized until lunch!

What Are Overnight Oats?

Overnight oats are made from combining whole grain oats with a liquid like almond milk and other tasty ingredients like nut butter, yogurt, or fruit. The oats soak overnight in the liquid, soften, and have the perfect creamy texture, similar to oatmeal, and delicious flavor.

Overnight oats are incredibly versatile and the flavor combinations and toppings are endless. The recipe in this post is for a version of peanut butter overnight oats. The peanut butter flavor really shines through and pairs well with your favorite fruit and toppings.

peanut butter overnight oats ingredients

The Ingredients You Need for Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

(full recipe ingredients and instructions are included in the recipe card, below)

Old Fashioned Oats: If you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity be sure to get certified gluten-free oats. For the best results I recommend using whole grain, old fashioned rolled oats and not quick oats or steel cut oats.

Almond Milk: My liquid of choice for these overnight oats is almond milk. Of course any non-dairy or dairy mil will work.

Greek Yogurt: For extra protein, this recipe includes plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt. If you like things on the sweeter side, feel free to use a vanilla Greek yogurt instead.

Peanut Butter: These overnight oats get their delicious peanut butter flavor from all-natural creamy peanut butter. Be sure to use a peanut butter that is made from just peanuts and no added preservatives or oils.

Chia Seeds: For an extra dose of healthy fats and fiber, I like to add chia seeds to my overnight oats.

Cinnamon: This spice adds extra flavor and works really well with the peanut butter flavor.

Sweetener: You can use your choice of maple syrup or honey. Either will work well!

Vanilla Extract: Doesn’t vanilla extract just make everything taste better? If you are choosing to use a vanilla yogurt, you can leave the vanilla extract out unless you want some extra vanilla flavor.

overnight oats ingredients in mason jar

How to Make Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

(full recipe ingredients and instructions are included in the recipe card, below)

Making overnight oats really could not be more simple or easy. Here’s how to do it:

Step One: First, start by adding all of the ingredients to a large wide mouthed glass container with a lid (like a mason jar) and stir all of the ingredients together until everything is well combined. 

Step Two: Cover the container and place in the fridge for at least two to four hours or up to overnight. 

Step Three: After the oats have chilled and soaked, remove them from the fridge and give them a stir. Feel free to add an extra splash of almond milk if you want to thin the oats out a bit before serving.

Step Four: You can eat your overnight oats straight out the jar or pour them into serving bowls. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

milk being poured into overnight oats ingredients

How to Serve Your Oats

While these peanut butter overnight oats are delicious all on their own, topping them with additional fresh fruit or other toppings is never a bad idea. Here are few topping ideas to take your overnight oats to the next level of deliciousness:

  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Creamy or crunchy peanut butter
  • Sliced bananas
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Shredded or flaked coconut
  • Sliced nuts
  • Fresh fruit jam
  • Chocolate chips or cacao nibs

overnight oats ingredients being stirred in jar

How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?

Your overnight oats should last for 3-5 days in an air-tight container in the fridge. While they will still be good to eat after a few days, know that the texture of the oats may change as they soak up more liquid. I like to make a batch to enjoy for two or three days and then make another instead of doubling the recipe and eating off of it all week long.

Tips, Tricks, and Ways to Customize

  • Don’t love peanut butter? You can use any nut butter of your choice. Almond butter would also work well in this recipe.
  • Want things to be sweeter? Feel free to add another tablespoon of sweetener to the recipe.
  • Need to keep the recipe dairy-free? You can use your favorite dairy free Greek yogurt (like coconut milk or almond milk yogurt) in this recipe.

peanut butter overnight oats in bowls topped with fruit

hope you give these Peanut Butter Overnight Oats a try! They make a delicious healthy breakfast or snack.

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Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: Casey Colodny / THE MINDFUL HAPA

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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Topping Options

  • Extra almond milk or Greek yogurt
  • Sliced banana, strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries
  • Nuts, coconut, seeds, granola, extra nut butter

Method

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large wide mouthed glass container with a lid (like a weck jar) and stir until everything is well combined. 
  2. Cover the container and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to overnight. 
  3. After oats have chilled, remove them from the fridge and give them a stir. Feel free to add an extra splash of milk if you want to thin the oats out a bit. Add your toppings, serve, and enjoy!

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  1. Perfection overnight oats! The ratios are exactly right. I subbed crunchy Almond butter for PB and tablespoon of unsweetened applesauce for syrup (keeping it Whole30- re-entry). I was never a fan of overnight oats before- now a big favorite. Thank you!! Your recipes are no fail!!

  2. These oats are so easy and creamy, I like to top mine with fruit, nut butter, and sometimes chocolate chips! They get all melty and turn these into a chocolate peanut butter creation!

  3. This is THE BEST overnight oats recipe I’ve ever had. My husband took one taste and immediately told me I need to make more. Haha!! Never thought I would have to keep myself from overeating oats.

  4. These look AMAZING! I can’t wait to try them. I love the little white bowls you used to serve the oats. Where did you find them?

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