These peanut butter chocolate overnight oats are rich and creamy with a pudding like consistency. They are so luscious, they make you feel like you're having dessert for breakfast!
Filled with complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, dietary fiber and a good amount of protein, these oats will have you feeling fuller for longer. This recipe is dairy free, wheat free and refined sugar free.
I love overnight oats as a healthy breakfast for busy mornings. Thrown together in a glass tumbler or mason jar, this is the perfect recipe to meal prep on a Sunday night! This recipe makes one serve but you can easily increase the double or quadruple the ingredients to make for a week of deliciously quick breakfasts.
If you love overnight oats, then you might like to try my Strawberry Overnight Oats (dairy free).
Why You'll Love This Recipe
There are so many reasons you're going to love this recipe. Here's why:
- peanut butter chocolate overnight oats are an delicious and easy breakfast.
- this healthy recipe is dairy free, wheat free and refined sugar free.
- they have a creamy texture and pudding like feel.
- overnight oats are the perfect make-ahead breakfast.
What Are Overnight Oats?
If you haven't heard of overnight oats before, they are essentially a base of oats soaked in a liquid overnight. As the oats soak, they absorb the liquid and become creamy.
You can create a range of different flavours by adding in different fruits, nuts, yoghurt, juice and so much more. I love using the ratio of equal parts rolled oats to liquid. It's always best to use rolled oats (old fashioned oats) or quick oats. Steel cut oats can be used but they will need more liquid plus they won't absorb as much of it.
Health Benefits of Oats
Oats are filled with health benefits. Here are a few:
- They're a great way of eating more fibre (including Beta Glucans, which help to reduce cholesterol) and plant based protein.
- Oats are a healthier option then most store-bought cereals, which tend to be full of sugar.
- Oats contain an amino acid called glutamine, which helps to health the gut wall and promotes the production of GABA, a calming neurotransmitter.
For this recipe you will need some very simple ingredients that can be found at the grocery store. You will need:
- old-fashioned oats (rolled oats)
- creamy peanut butter - I recommend using natural peanut butter with no added sugar or oils.
- cacao powder
- almond milk
- flaxseed meal (linseed meal)
- pure maple syrup
- vanilla extract
For the topping:
- banana slices
- extra peanut butter
See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient quantities.
How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Overnight Oats
Besides the taste, one of my favourite things about this chocolate peanut butter overnight oats recipe is just how easy it is to make. Here's how:
STEP 1: Add ingredients to bowl. Add all of the ingredients to a glass tumbler, jar, individual glass airtight container or bowl. Stir until the ingredients are all really well combined and the peanut butter has dissolved into the milk.
STEP 2: Refrigerate. Cover the bowl or glass with compostable cling wrap or a beeswax wrap. Or place the lid firmly onto the jar if using a jar. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
STEP 3: Serve. Serve topped with your favorite toppings. For this recipe I recommend using sliced banana and a big dollop of peanut butter.
Tip: For a large batch of overnight oats I would recommend using a large mixing bowl for making the overnight oats in and then divide the overnight oats mixture between small jars.
Overnight oats are such a versatile thing to make and there are many alterations you can make to the ingredients depending on personal preference.
- almond milk - use any other dairy-free milk such as oat milk, soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk etc. Or use dairy milk or any kind of milk you prefer.
- flaxseed meal - swap for chia seeds or hemp seeds.
- peanut butter - swap for any other nut or seed butter, such as sunflower seed butter, tahini, cashew butter, almond butter
- cacao powder - use unsweetened cocoa powder or carob powder (for caffeine free). You could also use chocolate flavoured protein powder for extra protein.
- pure maple syrup - swap for 1 teaspoon of honey or another sweetener of choice.
- 1 Glass tumbler or glass jar with lid
- Compostable plastic wrap or beeswax wrap
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Dessert spoon
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed meal
- 2 teaspoons peanut butter smooth
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ medium banana sliced
- 1 teaspoon peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon hemp seeds
- Add the rolled oats, flaxseed meal, peanut butter, cacao powder, almond milk, vanilla extract and maple syrup to a bowl. Stir to combine.
- Transfer to a container or jar and fix the lid on firmly. Place into the fridge overnight or for at least 2 hours.
- To serve top with a spoonful of peanut butter, hemp seeds and sliced banana.
StorageStore covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- nut free - use sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter and oat milk instead of almond milk.
- double chocolate - add chocolate chips to the overnight oats mixture and stir through.
- raspberry - add fresh raspberries to the overnight oats and mix through.