Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are a healthy and simple make-ahead breakfast. Packed with chocolate flavor, they’re made without yogurt and are vegan by default.
Peanut butter overnight oats are a meal prepper’s dream. They are so good, can keep for a few days in the fridge, and take less than 5 minutes to throw together.
Even better, they’re filling and it tastes like you’re eating brownie batter for breakfast. And your kids can make their own! Win. Freaking. Win.
So What’s In This Recipe?
We have oats (duh), vanilla extract (try homemade), no-sugar-added peanut butter/almond butter, milk, dark cocoa powder, chia seeds, and maple syrup.
The oats I use are old-fashioned. You can use quick-cooking oats if that is what you have on hand, but the texture may be a little mushier than old-fashioned oats.
As for the milk, use whatever you prefer/have lying around. Cow’s milk or any non-dairy milk is delicious in this. I’ve used regular milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, and almond milk and the results are always tasty.
When I say maple syrup, I mean the good stuff. The pure syrup that came from a tree, and NOT the pancake fake syrup. Don’t do it!
Do You Need to Put Chia Seeds in Peanut Butter Overnight Oatmeal?
No, it isn’t necessary, but it is delicious and will give you an awesome boost of fiber and omega-3 fats. You could also use flax seeds, or just leave it out.
Can You Make Overnight Oats With Just Milk?
Yes, of course, you can but it is just going to taste like plain ol’ oatmeal. But maybe that is your thing and how you love it. More power to you.
How Long Can You Leave Overnight Oats in the Fridge?
I’ve experimented with this and it seems like 6-7 days is about the max time the overnight oats can chill in the fridge. That being said, that is a long time for a make-ahead breakfast and that makes this a meal prep dream!
When making peanut butter overnight oats I mix everything in a pint wide-mouth canning jar. It makes two servings and it is ready to go in its own carrying case. If you need to split this up amongst multiple people, mix in a bowl and then transfer to two 8 oz jam jars.
Can You Put Overnight Oats in the Microwave?
Yes! Some people want to take the chill off of the oats and popping them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds will accomplish that.
- Mix in a smashed ripe banana and an additional 1/4 cup of milk for chocolate peanut butter banana overnight oats!
- Add 2 tbsp of Greek yogurt for the ultimate in creamy oats.
- Top with or mix in unsweetened coconut for an Almond Joy style overnight oat.
- Walk on the wild side and add 1/2 tsp of mini chocolate chips for some fun and crunch.
Making this recipe or others?
These Chocolate Overnight Oats are a healthy and simple make-ahead breakfast.
Combine maple syrup, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and chia seeds in a canning jar or bowl. Mix to form a paste and to get the chunks out of the nut butter.
Add the milk and oats and stir!
Cover and place in the fridge for at least 6-8 hours. Enjoy cold or hot.
Adjust the maple syrup to taste. 2 tsp is the middle ground for sweetness.
This recipe was originally published in July 2018. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback, and new photos have been added.
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