Peanut butter overnight oats are easy, healthy, vegan, and gluten-free! This 5-minute make ahead breakfast is perfect for meal prep and busy families. It’s made with pantry staples like rolled oats, chia seeds, and yogurt. They are ultra creamy, salty-sweet, and taste like dessert. Add all of your favorite toppings and enjoy these oats on the go!
It’s no secret around here that I am a HUGE lover of recipes containing peanut butter and oats. I’ve shared classic Peanut Butter Oatmeal, a refreshing Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie, healthy Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies, and lots more in between. Today, I’m so excited to share my Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with you!
Overnight oats are a ridiculously quick and easy breakfast recipe. With just 5 minutes of prep time, this oatmeal is ready to enjoy straight from the refrigerator in the morning. That means you can grab them as you head out the door for school or work!
For this recipe, we’re following my Basic Overnight Oats but adding creamy peanut butter directly into the jar. With this addition, it contains 10g protein and 7g fiber to keep you full all morning long. There are endless possibilities when it comes to mix-ins and toppings, so you can repeatedly make these oats with a new twist every time.
These peanut butter overnight oats are:
- Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free
- A quick and easy meal prep breakfast recipe
- Thick, creamy, sweet, and salty
- Made with no refined sugar // refined sugar-free
- Hearty, high fiber, and high protein
- Kid-approved and great for back-to-school season
Ingredients in peanut butter overnight oats
- Oats: Be sure to use rolled oats, not steel cut or instant oats. Rolled oats have gone through a steaming and flattening process, which makes them great for soaking overnight.
- Milk: Use any type of milk for this recipe. I always use unsweetened almond milk or oat milk.
- Yogurt: Yogurt is an optional ingredient, but it makes the oatmeal thicker and creamier. You can use any type of yogurt or non-dairy yogurt.
- Peanut butter: Peanut butter adds a delicious salty-sweet flavor and lush consistency. If you are following a low fat diet, you can make these peanut butter overnight oats with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) instead.
- Maple syrup: Since these oats are refined sugar-free, we’ll naturally sweeten them with real maple syrup. Alternatives include honey, coconut sugar, agave nectar, or date syrup.
- Chia seeds: These are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and many essential nutrients. Since chia seeds expand in liquid, they help create a soft and fluffy texture.
- Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract makes these oats taste like a sweet dessert.
- Cinnamon: This warm spice adds a subtly woody flavor.
- Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavor of all other ingredients.
How to make overnight oats with peanut butter
For the full ingredient measurements and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
First, add rolled oats, milk, yogurt (optional), peanut butter, maple syrup, chia seeds, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt to a jar. Mix the ingredients together, then seal with a lid.
Next, store the oats in the refrigerator overnight or at least 4 hours.
The next morning (or whenever you are ready to eat), remove the lid and stir the oats. If desired, add a splash of milk to thin the consistency.
Enjoy the oats directly out of the jar or transfer them to a bowl. Add any toppings of your choosing, like fresh fruit, peanut butter, chopped peanuts, and granola. Enjoy!
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Can I make peanut butter overnight oats without chia seeds?
Yes, you can skip the chia seeds. If you aren’t going to add them, I highly suggest keeping the yogurt in the recipe though. I wouldn’t omit both ingredients.
Can I make peanut butter overnight oats without yogurt?
Yes! The yogurt or non-dairy yogurt is optional. However, I recommend including it for a thicker and creamier consistency.
Are overnight oats a good source of protein?
Absolutely! This jar contains 10-14 grams of protein depending on the amount of peanut butter used. Feel free to add a scoop of protein powder if you’d like to increase the amount.
Are overnight oats good for weight loss?
Definitely. Overnight oatmeal could help weight loss because it’s a low calorie breakfast that is also high fiber, high protein, and provides long lasting energy.
Is it healthy to put peanut butter in oatmeal?
Of course! Peanut butter can be a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. For the most nutritious option, choose a sugar-free kind that contains just peanuts and salt.
How can I make them nut free?
If you are a nut-free household, no worries! Simply use sunflower seed butter, tahini, or granola butter instead.
What can I add on top of overnight oats?
There are infinite ways to top overnight oats! Check out a long list of topping ideas in my Basic Overnight Oats post. For these peanut butter overnight oats, I recommend choosing from the following toppings:
- Banana or fresh berries
- Chocolate chips (I love stevia-sweetened chocolate chips)
- Extra peanut butter
- Chopped peanuts
- A drizzle of maple syrup
Can you heat up overnight oats?
Overnight oatmeal is usually enjoyed cold directly from the refrigerator. If you prefer hot oatmeal instead, you can warm it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. This is helpful if you need an ultra quick breakfast that’s hot and ready to go when you wake up!
How to store peanut butter overnight oats
Overnight oats are best enjoyed within 24 hours. However, you can keep them stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Be sure they are in a tightly sealed jar with a lid.
More vegan overnight oats recipes
- Banana Overnight Oats
- Chocolate Overnight Oats
- Vanilla Overnight Oats
- Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
- Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
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Peanut butter overnight oats are healthy, vegan, gluten-free, and easy to make! This meal prep breakfast recipe is made in a jar with yogurt, chia seeds, and rolled oats. They are creamy, sweet & salty, and contain no refined sugar. Great for kids, busy families, and takes just 5 minutes to make! #overnightoats #overnightoatmeal #oatmeal #peanutbutter #oatmealrecipes #chiaseeds #veganbreakfast #healthybreakfast
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup non-dairy milk or regular milk
- ¼ cup non-dairy yogurt or regular yogurt (optional)
- 1–2 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey, agave, etc)
- ½ tbsp chia seeds
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp salt
- Peanut butter
- Fresh fruit
- Chopped peanuts
- Add rolled oats, milk, yogurt (optional), peanut butter, maple syrup, chia seeds, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt to a jar. Mix ingredients together, then seal with a lid.
- Store oats in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 4 hours).
- The next morning (or whenever you are ready to eat), remove the lid and stir the oats. If desired, add a splash of milk to thin the consistency.
- Enjoy the oats directly out of the jar or transfer them to a bowl. Add any toppings of your choosing, like peanut butter, fresh fruit, peanuts, and granola. Enjoy!
- How to store: Overnight oats are best enjoyed within 24 hours. However, you can keep them stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Be sure they are tightly sealed with a lid to maintain freshness.
- Toppings: Serve with any of your favorite toppings. See the full blog post for the best topping recommendations.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 355
- Sugar: 14g
- Fat: 15g
- Carbohydrates: 48g
- Fiber: 7g
- Protein: 10g
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