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Peanut butter overnight oats are the perfect healthy breakfast idea for anyone who loves the taste of chocolate and peanut butter together (much like my chocolate peanut butter smoothie recipe!). These chocolate chip overnight oats with peanut butter are so easy to make that they are on regular rotation (along with egg muffin cups) for quick breakfasts for my kids.
If you need a low carb version, make keto overnight oats instead.
Why You’ll Love These Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Nutty chocolate peanut butter flavor
- Creamy, spoonable texture
- Simple ingredients
- No baking or microwave needed
- Quick 5-minute prep time
- Dairy-free, with nut-free and vegan options
- Packed with protein and fiber
- Easy to enjoy on the go
Ingredients & Substitutions
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for overnight peanut butter oats, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Rolled Oats – These create the best consistency for this recipe compared to quick oats or steel cut oats. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but can become contaminated during processing. If you have a gluten intolerance, be sure to use gluten free oats.
- Chia Seeds – In addition to their fiber, these seeds help thicken the oat mixture. You can also use flax seeds instead.
- Peanut Butter – I used natural peanut butter for this recipe, but another nut butter (such almond butter) will give you similar results. If you want a nut-free alternative, you could use sunflower seed butter.
- Honey – I used this sugar-free honey as a natural sweetener, but any honey will work for this peanut butter overnight oats recipe. Substitute maple syrup for a vegan option.
- Vanilla Extract – Use high quality, pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.
- Chocolate Chips – I use these sugar free dark chocolate chips, but you can use any kind you prefer.
- Milk – The oats will absorb the liquid overnight and become fluffy, similar to how cooked oats would. I make my own unsweetened almond milk, but use any milk you like (homemade or store-bought), such as coconut milk, hemp milk, or simply regular dairy milk if your lifestyle allows.
How To Make Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
This section shows how to make overnight oats with chocolate chips and peanut butter, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Combine. In a large bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, chocolate chips, and milk. (You can use a small bowl if making a single serving.)
- Divide. Place the oatmeal mixture into single serving containers, such as half pint jars, for an easy-to-grab breakfast. Cover with lids.
- Refrigerate. Chill the oat mixture overnight to thicken and allow the oats to absorb the liquid. If desired, top with more chocolate chips or an additional drizzle of peanut butter to serve.
Toppings & Variations
Peanut butter and oats are a classic combination, and there are endless ways to enjoy them for breakfast. Here are some ideas:
- Nuts – Add chopped nuts or seeds like walnuts, cashews, or almonds for a crunchy topping.
- Add fruit – Berries (strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries) and banana slices pair well with peanut butter and chocolate. Just add your fruit on top in the morning, or mash and mix in before refrigerating.
- Pumpkin spice – Swap the peanut butter, honey and chocolate for pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and sugar-free maple syrup for a delicious fall breakfast.
- Almond joy – Replace peanut butter with almond butter, omit honey and chia seeds, and add unsweetened coconut flakes and sliced almonds.
- Snickers – Make this peanut butter chocolate overnight oats recipe taste like a snickers bar with a drizzle of caramel sauce (or sugar free caramel sauce).
- Store: Keep overnight oats with peanut butter in airtight containers and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Meal prep: Peanut butter chocolate overnight oats are a great way to meal prep. Simply make the oats and store in portion sized containers such as mason jars in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Freeze: After preparing, portion oats into individual containers and store them in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, give oats a good stir and garnish with fresh fruit, nuts, or any other toppings you like.
More Meal Prep Breakfast Recipes
Chocolate chip overnight oats are a great make-ahead, grab-and-go breakfast option. Here are a few of my other favorite make-ahead, healthy breakfast recipes:
Tools To Make Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Half Pint Jars – The easiest way to store individual servings of these chocolate chip overnight oats.
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats (Chocolate Chip!)
Chocolate chip peanut butter overnight oats are healthy, creamy, and naturally sweet. Prep in just 5 minutes for an easy make-ahead breakfast!
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Tap on the times in the instructions below to start a kitchen timer while you cook.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients.
Divide the mixture among 3 single serving containers, such as half pint jars, for easy-to-grab breakfasts. Cover with lids.
Refrigerate for at least 5 hours, or preferably overnight.
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Serving size: 1 cup
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