If you love overnight oatmeal, this peanut butter version is delicious with none of the guilt! Have this healthy overnight oats recipe for breakfast, or as a protein filled snack/dessert.
These are easy and quick – prep time is about five minutes. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the post for a video showing you how it’s all done!
I didn’t try overnight oatmeal until recently. Let’s be honest – I was dumb. I thought overnight oats might be soggy and that it just wouldn’t appeal. BOY was I wrong!
Overnight oatmeal is one of my new favorite breakfasts, and honestly, one of my new favorite healthy desserts. There are all sorts of overnight oats recipes out there, and this peanut butter version is one can be made a bit more healthy – or as guilty as you like.
Before I dive into the oats recipe, I want to address a few questions I’ve gotten related to this healthy oats recipe. Apparently quite a few people are new to overnight oatmeal as I was!
Do you eat this overnight oats recipe hot or cold?
You can eat them either way! What I’ve noticed is that overnight oatmeal is typically made hot for breakfast and cold for dessert. People also make them hot in winter, cold in summer. The choice is really up to you. I like them both ways.
What type of oats should I use?
You will want to use old-fashioned rolled oats for this overnight oatmeal recipe. Instant oatmeal gets too soggy, and steel-cut oats tend to remain a lot more chewy unless they soak for quite a long time.
If you like chewy, then you might want to go for the steel-cut oats. But for me, old-fashioned rolled oats are perfect and have the best consistency, hot or cold!
Is overnight oatmeal good for you?
It depends on the ingredients you add, but it is a very filling breakfast, snack, or dessert. They have a good amount of protein and fiber (as well as some other good stuff) so for me, I would consider these to be healthy overnight oats.
These overnight oats do have carbs and sugar, and most recipes will. So it really depends what you consider to be “good for you.”
I will say that to make this recipe healthier, you can remove the chocolate chips. I’ve provided the nutrition information for that scenario in the recipe card below.
One thing this overnight oats recipe has over similar peanut butter recipes is a lower calorie and fat count. The secret is PB2! Have you heard of this magical peanut butter powder?
I order it by the (big) jar and use in to replace regular peanut butter. It has 85% less fat calories than traditional peanut butter, is all natural, and has no additives.
I know I sound like an advertisement but it’s THAT good . . . and when you’re watching your calories, it’s perfect for that peanut butter-y taste.
How long can you keep overnight oats in the fridge?
Good news – you can keep them in the fridge for up to five days. So Sunday night you can make breakfast for the entire week, with one snack or dessert. Or maybe you love a friend or neighbor enough to surprise them!
Can you make overnight oats without milk?
Absolutely! You can make this overnight oats recipe with water, almond milk (like I did), soy milk, coconut milk . . . some people even make oats with juice!
I’m not sure about that, but to each his or her own. I’m partial to almond milk because I like the nutrients, the no-dairy, and the texture that the oatmeal provides.
Are you ready for the recipe? This overnight oats recipe is EASY and makes quite a bit in a short time frame. It took me about five minutes to put everything together and get it all into individual jars. You’re not going to regret trying this – I promise. Get the awesome overnight oats recipe below!
Peanut Butter Overnight Oatmeal
- 3 cups oats
- 3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or regular milk)
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup PB2
- ¼ c honey (or maple syrup)
- 1/2 c mini chocolate chips
- Stir all ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a bowl. Divide between 6 containers or jars.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight. The oatmeal will thicken as the oats absorb all of the liquid.
- In the morning, heat up to desired temperature (or eat cold) and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
Doesn’t this peanut butter overnight oats recipe look delightful with those chocolate chips on top?
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal
- Stir all ingredients except chocolate chips in a bowl. Divide between 6 containers or jars.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, heat up to desired temperature and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
You don’t have to try our recipe as-is. It’s relatively standard to start with 1:1 dried ingredients and liquid for any overnight oatmeal recipe and go from there depending on your desired consistency.
That means for everyone one cup of oats and ingredients, you’ll add 1 cup of milk (or water, or whatever you choose).
Possible ingredients/toppings for overnight oatmeal include:
- Fresh fruit – strawberries, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries
- Dried fruit – dried apples, apricots, cherries, shredded coconut, cranberries, figs
- Granola, flaxseed meal or chia seeds
- Nuts – Almonds, walnuts, pecans (use as a topping the next day if you don’t want them soggy)
- Spices – nutmeg, cinnamon, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice
It’s pretty fun to experiment with some different combinations and see which one is your favorite!
I’d love to know in the comments – what is your favorite healthy overnight oats recipe?
Get a video of how to make this delicious and healthy overnight oats breakfast below!
For another oatmeal based breakfast, try this mixed berry oatmeal smoothie with chia seeds. Just click the image below: