If you love overnight oatmeal, these chocolate peanut butter overnight oats are delicious and filling! You’ll love this for an easy breakfast, or as a protein filled snack/dessert.
This is easy and quick – meal prep time is about five minutes. You’ll just need time overnight for chilling.
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!
Tips for Successful Overnight Oatmeal
Overnight oatmeal is one of my new favorite breakfasts, and honestly, one of my new favorite healthy desserts.
There are all sorts of 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 peanut butter chocolate overnight oats, I want to address a few questions I’ve gotten related to this recipe. Apparently quite a few people are new to this style of 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 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 compared to other breakfast options.
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 use sugar free or dark chocolate chips (which often have less sugar). I’ve never tasted them so I will leave them up to you.
One thing this 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 meal prep 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 these chocolate and peanut butter oats 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 mason jars.
You’re not going to regret trying this – I promise. First, here’s what you’re going to need.
- 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
Tips and Tricks for This Recipe
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 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 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!
Get a printable recipe card for this delicious and healthy overnight oats breakfast below!
Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you give this a try.
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup PB2
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 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.
Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 5gSugar: 23gProtein: 9g
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