Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

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Chocolate and peanut butter-flavored overnight oats are a fun twist on classic overnight oats.

Overhead image of Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with a spoon in the jar.

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

I know we’ve discussed my obsession with dessert-like breakfasts, so you probably aren’t at all surprised that I would turn overnight oats into a treat. Namely, taking one of my favorite treats (peanut butter cups) and transforming it into Peanut Butter Overnight Oats!

The good news is these oats are healthy…like they don’t actually have peanut butter cups in them. But they sure do taste like it with lots of chocolate and peanut butter!

I can’t decide if I like these peanut butter oats better or these brownie batter overnight oats, but I do know one thing: overnight oats are the best.  There’s nothing like the easiest, on-the-go, healthy breakfast there is. And I love the variety overnight oats can have, especially when they taste like a treat!

Overhead image of the Special Dark cocoa powder used in this breakfast.

Ingredient Notes

While most of the ingredients are fairly standard, I want to include a few ingredient tips.

  • Dutch-process cocoa powder. The right type of cocoa powder contributes the deep and intense chocolate flavor to these oats. I recommend using a Dutched cocoa powder as opposed to a plain (natural) cocoa powder. Any Dutch-process cocoa powder will work, and Hershey’s® sells a Special Dark cocoa powder that is readily available at most grocery stores (photo above).
  • Sweetener. Depending on how sweet you prefer your breakfasts, feel free to scale the sweetener up or down. You may even decide you don’t want/need any sweetener at all! If you don’t want to use honey or maple syrup, liquid stevia drops are another great alternative; I usually add 1/4 teaspoon. Maple syrup is my personal favorite sweetener to add to overnight oats.
  • Greek yogurt. The yogurt can totally overpower Peanut Butter Overnight Oats, so get a mild tasting, sweet yogurt. My personal favorite is Honey Vanilla Greek yogurt (made by Greek Gods®; not sponsored). It’s sweet, mild, and creamy. Whatever yogurt you choose to use, make sure you like it plain or you likely won’t love it in these peanut butter overnight oats. A plain vanilla yogurt (not Greek yogurt) is also a great option.
  • Old-fashioned oats. I recommend old-fashioned oats; quick oats tend to get overly mushy and steel-cut oats don’t soften enough.

Process shots-- images of all the ingredients in a bowl being mixed together and transferred to jar to chill.

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats notes

  • Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold in the morning. As they soak overnight, they become soft, luscious, and creamy. That said, if you prefer them warm, you can certainly warm them up when you’re ready to eat.
  • You can make Peanut Butter Overnight Oats in the morning. I actually prefer them this way! Nowadays, I usually make them first thing when I wake up, then I go work out, and enjoy them post workout. (So they’ve sat about 30-45 minutes).
  • Make them thicker. I’m obsessed with creamy oatmeal — the creamier the better! I’d say these overnight oats are fairly creamy (even after thickening overnight). If you’d like them thicker, add in 1-2 tablespoon(s) of chia seeds.
  • Right before eating, I love to add in some dark chocolate chips. This is totally optional! Other options: carob chips or even semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (not as healthy, but YUM).
  • Make sure to really stir in the peanut butter. These oats won’t taste as good if the peanut butter isn’t thoroughly mixed in. I like to use the back of my spoon to mash it throughly into the other ingredients.

Image of Peanut Butter Overnight Oats, ready to be eaten

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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

5 from 14 votes
Chocolate and peanut butter-flavored overnight oats are a fun twist on classic overnight oats.
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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

5 from 14 votes
Chocolate and peanut butter-flavored overnight oats are a fun twist on classic overnight oats.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter overnight oats
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 -2 servings
Calories 265kcal
Cost $1.27

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup (55g) honey vanilla Greek yogurt (See Note 1)
  • 2/3 cup (155g) unsweetened almond milk, (or another milk)
  • 1/2 cup (50g) old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon Special Dark cocoa powder, (See Note 2)
  • Sweetener (0-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup) (See Note 3)
  • Optional: dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • PREP THE OATS: In a small bowl, mason jar, or plastic container, stir together the peanut butter, vanilla extract, pinch of salt, yogurt, almond milk, old fashioned oats, cocoa powder, and maple syrup.
  • STIR: Stir well and make sure the peanut butter is mashed in thoroughly.
  • CHILL: Cover the container and refrigerate overnight or until sufficiently cooled and thickened. (Sometimes I'll even make them in the morning, get ready, and then go eat them -- they are great even after 30 minutes in the fridge)
  • ENJOY: When ready to eat, if desired, top with dark chocolate chips. Store overnight oats in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Recipe Notes

Note 1: The yogurt can totally overpower these oats, so get a mild tasting, sweet yogurt. My personal favorite is Honey Vanilla Greek yogurt (made by Greek Gods®). It's sweet, mild, and creamy. Whatever yogurt you choose to use, make sure you like it plain or you likely won't love it in these peanut butter overnight oats. A plain vanilla yogurt (not Greek yogurt) is also a great option.
Note 2: I  recommend a Dutch-process cocoa powder as opposed to a plain (natural) cocoa powder. Any Dutch-process cocoa powder will work, but Hershey’s® does sell a Special Dark cocoa powder that is readily available at most grocery stores
Note 3: We like 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup best, but sweeten to personal preference (1/2 tablespoon up to 2 tablespoons maple syrup OR 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia).

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.9g | Protein: 9.9g | Fat: 22.5g | Sodium: 294.5mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4.2g

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76 Comments

  1. I keep meaning to try overnight oats but just never seem to do it! They always look delicious and I love anything with oats … this flavor sounds awesome! Anything with peanut butter and chocolate I can get down with : ) Happy friday!

  2. I love overnight oats and this one sounds delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate? That means I can totally justify having chocolate for breakfast – sounds perfect to me 🙂 Happy Vday Chelsea and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  3. This does not look healthy at all, but I’m so glad it is! Seriously, it looks so rich and decadent and I wish I would have had it for breakfast this morning. Also, bonus points for it being super easy and overnight! Plus peanut butter and chocolate? So many good things going on here. 🙂

  4. I’m so making these right now so I can have them for breakfast tomorrow!! I LOVE dessert-like breakfast, and I’m sure that this one will be a total winner at home. Oh wow, it looks delicious!
    Have a wonderful weekend <3

  5. I love trying to step outside my recipe comfort zone and although I’m not a super fan of oats may have to try this recipe sometime!

  6. So, originally I came here for this recipe over from the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Up Party. But honestly, I have already been sending friends and family members links to other recipes and I am drooling at the moment. You have made me so hungry, cannot wait to try a few of your recipes out, especially the pizookie, my sister and I have some major plans for that one 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Jilly! And thanks for sending out some of my links – that’s so great of you! 🙂 I hope you two enjoy the pizookie, have a good one!

  7. 5 stars
    I tried this this morning and it was out of this world! I think it might be good with toasted walnuts, too, but it would have a higher calorie count, of course. Thanks for posting it!!

    1. So glad you tried it and thank you for taking the time to comment! Also love the idea of toasted walnuts – definitely need to try that 🙂

    2. This does look really good. But When I calculated the calories it was quite a bit higher. It would be 338 for 1/2 of yours as written. If you add 1 Tbsp of maple syrup and 1 tsp of chocolate chips it would be 407. So if someone at the whole recipe we’re talking 814 calories.

    1. Those are great additions/substitutions! I’ll have to try that next time 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

  8. 5 stars
    These are sooo good. Making this for the third time and I’m already excited to eat it! Once I subbed in chocolate soy milk and that was delicious. Love this recipe!

    1. That’s so great to hear!! Thanks for taking the time to comment Mary! And chocolate soy milk sounds amazing!

    1. 5 stars
      I actually do use Quick Steel Cut Oats for this recipe. It IS better with Old-fashioned oats…but it’s pretty darn good with Steel Cut Oats as well. 🙂

      Don’t mean to interject…I just didn’t want someone to miss this great recipe over a certain type of oat. 🙂

      1. Oh I am SO glad you commented! I didn’t think they would work very well with steel cut oats, but I am glad to hear they do! Thanks Michelle!

  9. Hi Chelsea! Do you typically eat your oats cold from the fridge or heat them up first? Can’t wait to try this recipe! 🙂

    1. Hi Elizabeth! I like them cold, so straight from the fridge 🙂 You can heat if them up if you want though! Hope you love this 🙂

    1. Sorry Jackie I haven’t ever tried that out! I do know the yogurt gives it a very nice and thicker consistency though so I probably wouldn’t leave it out!

  10. This looks SO yummy!! I’m on the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan and was wondering if Greek yogurt might work? I’m thinking it may be too tart, but has anyone tried it? Maybe I can sweeten the greek yogurt before adding it in with extra trivia or something. I think I’m going to try it anyway! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    1. IF you don’t mind the tart taste of Greek yogurt you can try it, but I like plain yogurt in this recipe best 🙂

  11. Ridiculously good! I used fat free probiotic vanilla yogurt and only 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, and the full amount of cocoa powder. This feels like a cheat meal- very satisfying!!! Thanks for the great recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    I just discovered your recipe for overnight PB cup oats. I recommend warming the peanut butter and milk together before adding the other ingredients. That way you can get it thinned before adding the yogurt. It mixes together better. Otherwise, very good recipe. I’ve never had overnight oats before but I’ve made it twice since I found your recipe!

  13. 5 stars
    I am eating this right now. I hate oatmeal but this is one of the best things I have ever made!! It is soooo good. 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

  14. You claim this recipe to be “healthy” but adding the calories in my head and macros it’s really not. 500 calories, 17g of fat, and 50 g of carbs. Granted this is a rough estimate but pretty close. Yes, it looks pretty dang delicious though!

    1. I absolutely think it’s healthy!! I believe health is so much more than counting calories or fat grams (especially with all the healthy fats in this recipe!), it’s about fueling your body with nutritious and good foods. Peanut butter, oats, yogurt, almond-milk — all good wholesome foods that are healthy and very filling for your body.

      1. 5 stars
        I use buckwheat groats instead of oats for my ‘overnight soaked’ recipes, I love the ‘al dente’ texture. I can’t wait to try these and I can NOT agree more that ‘healthy’ is so much more than counting calories and tracking macros. I have never felt better or looked better since I stopped doing those things and eat according to whether I am hungry or full! Thank you!

  15. I have to omit yogurt due to an allergy. Maybe adding a banana will add more texture? Thank you for the recipe, I’ll be trying it tomorrow. There is a way to keep it under 350 calories, without the yogurt (just food for thought). I’m a calorie “watcher”, so I don’t mind a few extra calories!

  16. I just made this for tomorrow morning, used natural PB, plain Greek yogurt, almond milk and a tiny bit of maple syrup. I also added a tbsp of chia seeds to boost fibre and protein.

  17. 5 stars
    This is super good. I used hot chocolate mix instead of the pudding because that is what I had and it was so good. I do not like cooked oatmeal but this is different. Glad I found your blog.

  18. My mistake. I included 130 for 2 Tblsp of honey (that for me would be better instead of the syrup). Subtracting that helped a lot. That brought it down to 208. If I used 2 tbsp of maple syrup and 1 tsp choc. chips it would be 329. Definitly reasonable for a meal!

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