An easy make ahead healthy breakfast or snack, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are vegan, dairy free, and gluten free and packed with healthy carbs, protein, fiber, and healthy fats!
Breakfast doesn’t get much easier than overnight oats. Especially when you combine chocolate and peanut to give you the creaminess chocolate peanut overnight oats 🍫🥜
Although I am usually a savory breakfast type of kind of girl, I sometimes get in the mood for something sweet and overnight oats always hit the spot. I mean what is better than making your breakfast before you go to bed and then waking up with it being ready?!
Not much in my opinion ha! Except maybe breakfast in bed that someone else makes for you 😋
I make a lot of overnight oats in our house. They make a super easy snack for me to make for Michael to bring to work. He is always on a mission to gain weight, and I can pack then with lot of healthy fats, protein, and carbs for a healthy snack. It’s so easy to change the flavors to keep it interesting for him too.
Recently when deciding what to mix in, I thought what goes better with chocolate than peanut butter?! Nothing really…except for maybe salted caramel. And I’m not really sure how to make that (but now I might try) so chocolate peanut butter overnight oats it is.
If you don’t eat peanut butter, I have also made these with almond butter and they turn out great! Cashew butter would also be delicious. Feel free to add a scoop of protein powder to up the protein factor, which would make these for a perfect post workout treat!
What are Overnight Oats?
If you don’t know what overnight oats are, I’ll give you a brief rundown. Think oatmeal, but without any actual cooking. Sounds pretty great right?
Basically you soak rolled oats in a liquid of choice (I like almond milk) with other flavors, spices, and ingredients and let it sit overnight. As it sits overnight (or for a few hours), the oats absorb the liquid and become a think and chewy texture, just like cooked oatmeal. Depending on how much milk you add, you are left with almost a pudding like consistency, with the additional of oats.
What I love about overnight oats is the flavor possibilities are endless. Some of my favorite add-ins are nut butters, fruit (fresh or dried), chia seeds, cinnamon, cacao, maca, protein powder, and collagen.
How to make Overnight Oats
The base of overnight oats is alway the same. You can change up the ratios and the additions some, but the base usually remains the same. This is the overnight oat ratio I use:
- 3/4-1 cup liquid, depending on the consistency you like – I like almond or cashew milk (dairy milk would work fine too!)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds – they help absorb the liquid
- add-ins – nut butter, protein powder, spices, cacao, fruit…
To make overnight oats, simply add all your ingredients to a large jar or bowl and mix well to combine. I like using a jar so I can just put the lid on and shake it up. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, until the liquid is absorbed.
Stir it up, top with some toppings, and enjoy!
To make Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
To spice it up, take the base of overnight oats and add in your additions to make chocolate peanut butter overnight oats. Here is what you need:
- almond milk
- chia seeds
- peanut butter
- cacao powder
- maple syrup (optional)
Simply add all your ingredients to a large jar, stir to combine or put on the lid and shake, and place in the refrigerator. When they are to your desired consistency, stir them up, top with some more toppings, and enjoy!
They are meant to be eaten cold, but you could heat them up in the microwave or on the stove to your desired temperature. If heating them up on the stove, you may need to add more almond milk.
How long do overnight oats last?
We keep ours in the fridge for up to 5 days. They make a great option for meal prep – I will make a few servings at a time and just keep them in the fridge for Michael to grab during the week. They also make a great post workout snack or meal, especially if you add some protein powder.
More Healthy Oatmeal Recipes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
- pinch of salt
- 3/4-1 cup unsweetened almond milk, depending on desired consistency
- optional toppings: sliced banana, peanut butter, cacao nibs, cinnamon...
- Add all ingredients to a large jar. Place the lid on the jar and shake well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours, or overnight, until mixture thickens.
- Eat out of the jar or transfer to a bowl and top with toppings of choice. Enjoy!
This recipe was previously posted and was updated this year!
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