This Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe only takes 5 minutes to prepare and makes a healthy delicious breakfast that is perfect for a busy morning! Simply prepare the oats in the evening directly in a mason jar or container and wake up to breakfast ready to go!  This recipe is vegan and gluten-free friendly.

A cup of peanut butter overnight oats with jam and raspberries

What are overnight oats?

Overnight oats are made by soaking oats in some sort of milk in the fridge overnight rather than cooking them in a pot or in the microwave. This allows the oats time to absorb the liquid and soften the oats making them easy to eat without heating them up. Each serving of overnight oats has 9 grams of protein and 7.5 grams of fiber. Overnight oats have a bit of a denser and creamier texture than traditional oatmeal and is a delicious way to enjoy oats for breakfast.

All you have to do to prepare the overnight oats is to mix the ingredients together in a bowl or jar the night before, pop em in the refrigerator, and in the morning is take out your jar of overnight oats and enjoy!

This recipe is also the perfect “on the go” breakfast since it can be prepared directly into mason jars and taken with you to the gym or work in the morning. Overnight oat jars are also great to pack for kids in their lunchboxes! If you’re looking for other flavour varieties make sure to try these carrot cake overnight oats next! I

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • 5 minute recipe. This recipe only requires about 5 minutes of your time to make and is made with gluten-free oats and Almond Breeze.
  • Creamy and chewy. These overnight oats are super creamy and chewy and loaded with peanut butter so they taste like delicious peanut butter and oatmeal cookie.
  • Customizable. The possibilities for add-ins to this recipe are endless. Fruit, jams, nuts and seeds are all great mixed in these oats!
  • Great for meal prep. You can prepare several jars of these overnight oats to meal prep and enjoy for breakfast every day of the week!

Ingredients for these overnight oats

  • Rolled oats: These are also sometimes called old fashioned oats and are the entire oat. Rolled oats give the overnight oats a chewy texture that is absolutely delicious. Don’t substitute quick oats or steel cut oats in this recipe! (Though here’s a recipe for overnight steel cut oats) If needed you can use certified gluten-free oats.
  • Peanut butter: The star ingredient! You can use either natural peanut butter, regular peanut butter or crunchy peanut butter. All will work well and will add 8g of protein to this recipe! If you’re not a fan of peanut butter, you can substitute this ingredient with your favorite nut butter.
  • Chia seeds: A classic ingredient to add to overnight oats. Not only do these little seeds help thicken the oats, but they will also give you a superfood boost of Omega-3s, fibre, iron and magnesium.
  • Coconut yogurt: This recipe uses coconut yogurt to keep it dairy-free, but you can use any yogurt you love. Yogurt helps to add some creaminess and protein to the oats.
  • Cinnamon: Just because it tastes good.
  • Maple syrup: For a hint of sweetness! You can substitute maple syrup with honey, agave or any type of sweetener you love.
  • Almond milk: Or any type of milk you like. The oats will absorb the liquid and become soft and chewy! The longer you let them sit the more they will thicken.
  • Vanilla extract: Optional, but totally recommended to really enhance the flavor.

How to make overnight oats with peanut butter

Step 1

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl or in a jar. (If I’m making these in small jars, I like to mix everything together in a mixing bowl then divide the oats between several jars. If you prefer you can make this directly in a large jar.)

a clear mixing bowl with oats, chia seeds, coconut yogurt and peanut butter in it

Step 2

Add the wet ingredients and mix everything together until it’s well incorporated.

a mixing bowl of ingredients for peanut butter overnight oats

Step 3

Leave the mixture in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, or transfer the oat mixture directly to your jars at this point and place in the fridge overnight to set.

a clear mixing bowl of peanut butter overnight oats

Step 4

Remove in the morning and enjoy! I like to mix a bit of strawberry jam into my Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.

a cup filled with overnight oats, peanut butter and raspberry jam

How to store overnight oats

Store overnight oats in the fridge in a large mason jar or smaller individual jars for up to 4 days. The oats may thicken a bit more over time as they continue to absorb more liquid, so if you prefer your oats to be less thick, you can add in a splash of almond milk and mix.

Topping ideas

You can top these overnight oats with anything you enjoy on top of your regular bowl of oatmeal. Here are some ideas:

  • Peanut butter or nut butter
  • Fruit jams
  • Fresh berries
  • Sliced bananas
  • Chopped nuts
  • Cacao nibs
  • Hemp seeds
  • Granola

Tips for making these Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

  • Make sure to use rolled oats (or old-fashioned oats) in this recipe! DO NOT substitute steel-cut oats.
  • If making this recipe directly in a jar, make sure to use a large jar so it’s easy to mix. After adding all the ingredients to the jar give it a good shake to incorporate all the ingredients.
  • If you’d like to add fruit to this recipe, I recommend adding it in the morning after the oats have set up in the fridge overnight.
  • While you can use any type of peanut butter you love in this recipe, natural peanut butter will mix in more easily since it’s runnier.

Overnight oats FAQ

Can Instant oats be used for overnight oats?

Technically yes. Instant oats will work fine for overnight oats if that’s what you have on hand, however, it will change the final texture of the overnight oats. Instant oats will give you a very soft and creamy texture and will soak up the liquid faster, so they can be enjoyed after sitting for just 4 hours.

How long are overnight oats good for?

Overnight oats will last about 4-5 days in the fridge. Keep in mind that each day the oats will become softer, and they will also become thicker. I personally like to enjoy my overnight within 2 days of making them.

Are overnight oats healthy?

Yes! Oats are a great whole-grain option that is perfect for breakfast. They’re loaded with fibre so they will keep you feeling full and fuel you for your morning. The addition of peanut butter and chia seeds in this recipe also adds some extra protein and essential minerals which are good for you.

What can I eat with overnight oats?

Overnight oats are best enjoyed with fruits, nuts, seeds or even chocolate. Some great options to add to this recipe include sliced bananas, berries. dark chocolate chips, crushed peanuts and shredded coconut.

Can I make overnight oats with steel cut oats?

You cannot make regular overnight oats with steel-cut oats because steel cut oats won’t soften the same as rolled o quick oats. Make sure to check out this steel-cut overnight oats recipe for instructions on how to use this type of oats in overnight oats.

Peanut butter overnight oats topped with raspberry jam

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Peanut butter overnight oats topped with raspberry jam

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats make the best breakfast for busy mornings! They only take 5 minutes to prepare the night before and are healthy, dairy-free and filled with protein!


Ingredients

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Toppings


Instructions

  1. Add the oats, yogurt, peanut butter, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt to a mixing bowl.oats, yogurt, peanut butter and chia seeds in a clear mixing bowl
  2. Then add the coconut milk, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix everything together.oats and almond milk in a mixing bowl
  3. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge overnight. You can also make the overnight oats directly in a large jar.Peanut butter overnight oats in a mixing bowl
  4. Remove from the fridge the next morning and enjoy! Top off with your favourite toppings like chia seed jam and more peanut butter.

Notes

Make sure to use rolled oats (or old-fashioned oats) in this recipe you can also use quick oats, but don’t substitute for steel-cut oats.

If making this recipe directly in a jar, make sure to use a large jar so it’s easy to mix. After adding all the ingredients to the jar give it a good shake to incorporate all the ingredients.

If you’d like to add fruit to this recipe, I recommend adding it in the morning after the oats have set up in the fridge overnight.

While you can use any type of peanut butter you love in this recipe, natural peanut butter will mix in more easily since it’s runnier.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 330
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 100mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 7.5g
  • Protein: 9g

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