These Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are sure to be your new favorite breakfast. A delicious combination of chocolate, peanut butter, oats, and bananas combine to make these a great way to have a healthy grab-and-go breakfast ready for busy mornings.
We love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Why not try it next with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie or these Healthy No-Bake Brownies with Peanut Salted Caramel Sauce.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
During the week, oatmeal is always a staple in our house.
It is just so easy to prepare and keeps those bellies full right through until lunch.
As you know, I like making a couple of batches of different things on the weekend, as kind of a way to cheat my way through being super organized throughout the week.
It also helps for those times when you are feeling lazy, or when it’s cold, and you can’t get out of bed, and then the kids lose their cool because they are starved, and have never been fed in their lives.
Yeah, those days are fun.
So, I make a big batch of these chocolate peanut butter overnight oats on a Sunday night, and they last us through to Wednesday.
If you are heading out for work, make them up and then pop them into separate little mason jar, to make for super cute ‘grab-n-go’ healthy breakfast cups.
You are going to need:
- ripe banana: the more ripe the banana, the sweeter it is, so if you like some sweet oats, make sure that banana is almost brown;
- peanut butter: smooth or crunchy, it's up to you, just make sure it is a good quality creamy peanut butter with peanuts being the main ingredient;
- unsweetened cocoa powder: you can also use a sweetened version if that is what you have on hand or prefer;
- rolled oats: if you prefer to keep you overnight oats gluten-free, then be sure to check the packaging to make sure your oats are gluten-free;
- milk of choice: I tend to use a plant-based milk for my overnight oats, but any milk you prefer will work;
- vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract; vanilla bean paste has a more intense and luxurious flavor, but vanilla extract will work if that is what you have;
- ground cinnamon;
- maple syrup: you can always sub honey or rice malt syrup if you prefer. There is no other added sugar in this recipe, so if you like a sweeter breakfast you may want to add more maple syrup.
And then of course there are the optional extras.
Go to town here and load up the toppings with extra slices of banana, cacao nibs or chocolate chips, cocoa powder, a sprinkle of chia seeds, or some shredded unsweetened coconut.
You may even want to add some protein powder to your easy make-ahead breakfast.
Simply add the recommended amount with adding everything to the bowl, and stir to combine.
Sometimes we don't have all of the ingredients required, and substitutions are necessary.
Rest assured, this overnight oat recipe is super versatile.
Feel free to sub in any other nut butter of choice.
We have had success with almond butter and cashew butter.
You can also sub in with a seed butter if there are allergies to consider.
There are lots of different types of oats available these days, which can make it a bit confusing when choosing your ingredients.
Any variation will work for this recipe, the only difference being the amount of time needed to soak, and the end texture:
- rolled oats: this is what we have listed in the recipe card, and what we tend to purchase for making overnight oatmeal;
- steel-cut oats: these can be used, but the end texture will be a lot more chewy and more dense;
- quick oats: these are very similar to rolled oats, except they have a finer cut and are thinner, making these a great option for overnight oats if it's what you have on hand;
- old-fashioned oats: these are the same as rolled oats, and will give you the best result as they provide the right smooth and creamy texture we look for in chocolate peanut butter oats;
- gluten-free oats: lots of oat brands are gluten-free, and work just fne in this recipe. Be sure to check the packaging for specfic dietary notes if you are celiac or serving to someone with celiac disease.
What Kind Of Milk To Use
Use whatever type of milk you prefer.
We have had great results with regular milk (cow's milk), soy milk, coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, and any other non-dairy milk we have tried.
If you are hoping to serve up vegan overnight oats then please consider the type of milk you use.
How To Make This Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats Recipe
Making overnight oats is a cinch.
We are simply going to add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine.
Pop the mixture into the fridge for at least 3 hours, preferably longer (I tend to leave them overnight) and next morning you will be ready to serve this easy make-ahead breakfast.
When ready to serve you may want to add a couple of teaspoons of milk to loosen things up if they have gotten too thick overnight.
Serving Suggestions For Best Results
Overnight oats are intended to be served cold.
In the morning, simply add a teaspoon or two of milk to loosen things up, give everything a good stir, and serve with your desired toppings.
How To Serve Hot
If you prefer your oats to be hot, make these overnight oats up as per the instructions, and then in the morning just give them a quick nuke in the microwave (if you use one), or 5 minutes over low-med heat on the stovetop.
You will probably need to add a little more milk of choice, to loosen them up.
Need More Delicious Breakfast Recipes?
For more sweet breakfast ideas that also double as the perfect make-ahead breakfast, check out these favorites:
- Overnight Raspberry Chia Pudding Recipe
- Dairy Free Maple Spiced Chia Overnight Oats
- Raspberry Dark Chocolate Granola
- Plum, Granola, and Yogurt Parfait Cups
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Overnight Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Oats
- 1 large ripe banana mashed
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 ½ tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 ½ cups milk of choice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Extra banana cacao nibs, cocoa powder and shredded unsweetened coconut for serving
- Add the mashed banana, peanut butter, cocoa powder, oats, milk, vanilla bean paste, cinnamon and maple syrup to a large bowl and mix until well combined
- Pop into the fridge overnight (see notes). If you want grab-n-go breakfast, then transfer the mixture into two mason jars, leaving room at the top for the extra toppings
- When ready, give the oats a stir, adding in a little more milk if needed. Add toppings of choice and enjoy
If you prefer your oats warm, then just add a little bit of milk, and heat over low-med heat in a saucepan for about 5 mins.
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Blithe Raines says
This was absolutely fantastic! All three of my kids (one who does not prefer cooked oatmeal and protests it weekly) loved it. I followed the recipe to a T . Thanks again, for a great one, Donna!
Oh you are so welcome Blithe 🙂 I am glad they are working out for you, and for the kids especially!!!