Creamy Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are the perfect easy prep-ahead breakfast recipe. Throw them in a jar and take them on the go! Made vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free, and requiring only 5 minutes of prep time.
Peanut butter oats make breakfast 10x better
Prepping breakfast ahead of time is one of my favorite things in the world, because then I get to wake up in the morning and breakfast is already made for me.
Plus, it’s way easier to eat healthy that way. Setting yourself up for a successful day of eating starts with making a nutritious choice for breakfast, and I find that prepping my meals is the key to doing so.
And that’s why this overnight oats recipe is one of my favorites. Where many breakfasts get stale or icky by day 3 or 4, overnight oats last for up to 5 days, so they’re perfect for prepping for the entire week ahead. And you don’t have to get sick of them, because you can switch up the toppings every day in order to keep things exciting! Plus they have a super thick texture!
On most days I like to top these creamy peanut butter overnight oats with banana slices. And if you follow my recipe to a T, your oats will also have creamy peanut butter swirls. Yep, swirls and stirs of creamy, salty, peanut butter. Yum.
A healthier snack or breakfast option
Creamy peanut butter overnight oats are a wonderful breakfast option for more than just their great taste. These oats are made with a handful of healthy ingredients like almond milk, peanut butter, chia seeds, maple syrup (a fabulous all natural sweetener) and rolled oats.
That being said, they’re loaded with protein, healthy fats, fiber, and complex carbs. These oats have all of the main macros and are a great option for feeling full and satisfied all morning. So much deliciousness.
Ingredients in creamy peanut butter overnight oats
Only 6 main ingredients are needed to form the main part of this recipe, then just add whichever toppings you’d like. We’ll start with rolled oats and chia seeds before adding our liquid, sweetener, and of course, our peanut butter!
- Rolled oats: First up, we’ll be using rolled oats as the base. We will use 1 cup. If preferred, use a certified gluten-free type and you can use quick oats if you are in a pinch!
- Chia seeds: Chia seeds help to thicken up this recipe while also providing lots of healthy nutrients. 1.5 tbsp will be plenty – they go a long way!
- Almond milk: For the liquid, grab 1 cup of almond milk.
- Maple syrup: As an all-natural sweetener, maple syrup wins every time. It’s perfect for these oats in the amount of 2 tbsp. Feel free to swap honey for maple syrup!
- Natural peanut butter: We’ll obviously be using peanut butter in these creamy pb oats! Use 3 tbsp for the best flavor.
- Sea salt: Finally, add a pinch of sea salt for flavor.
Note: Add an extra splash of almond milk before eating for creamier oats.
Tools needed to make peanut butter oatmeal
There are only a couple of things you’ll need for this recipe, since there is zero cooking or baking involved. Just grab a mixing bowl, fork, measuring cups, and the containers you’ll be using for storage!
- Large mixing bowl
- Fork to whisk
- Mason jars or other containers
- Measuring cups: 1/2 tbsp, 1 tbsp, and 1 cup
How to make overnight oats
Overnight oats are one of those recipes where you just do a few things to prep, and then the dish essentially prepares itself. For this oatmeal recipe just do a bit of mixing, place in the fridge, and wait!
To begin, mix the oats, almond milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, and salt in a bowl.
Using a fork, lightly whisk in the peanut butter. I like to leave some peanut butter swirls, so I don’t blend all the way.
Finally, pour the mix into mason jars or container to store.
Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. My recommendation is to let them sit for at least 8-10, which is why I call them overnight oats!
Refresh with a splash of almond milk before eating, and enjoy!
Peanut butter overnight oats recipe topping ideas
There are so many fun ways to take overnight oats up a notch with fun toppings.
Some of my favorites include bananas, blueberries, chia seeds, coconut flakes, nuts, and a drizzle of nut butter.
You can also add dried berries, a maple syrup drizzle, granola, sprinkles, or even chocolate syrup!
How long does it take to make overnight oatmeal?
The best part about creamy peanut butter overnight oats is that they only take 5 minutes to make. Seriously, just 5. Mix and toss the oats into their containers, and you have a meal (or meals) prepped and ready to go!
You can meal prep these ahead of time and keep them in your fridge for up to one week. It’s a great option for those who like to prep the week’s food ahead of time!
What’s the best way to eat peanut butter overnight oats?
I love to eat my pb overnight oats right out of the jar! They hold up really well, keep a great consistency, and are like a blank canvas for toppings.
I like to top mine with slices of banana, blueberries, granola, chocolate chips, strawberries, and nut butter, but the options truly are endless!
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More recipes to indulge your sweet tooth
I couldn’t close this post without giving you more recipes featuring… peanut butter! I know what it’s like to get on a peanut butter kick, so I have you covered for your next few baking experiments. While you’re at it, you have to try the homemade peanut butter ice cream!
- Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bread
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola
- Peanut Butter Baked Banana Oatmeal Cups
- No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
- Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Banana Ice Cream
- 1 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free if GF)
- 1 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 3 tbsp. natural peanut butter
- Pinch of sea salt.
*add splash of almond milk in morning for creamier oats
- In a bowl, mix oats, almond milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, and salt.
- With a fork, lightly whisk in the peanut butter. I like to leave some peanut butter swirls not fully blended.
- Pour into mason jars or containers to store.
- Cover and place in fridge for at least 4 hours. My recommendation is to leave them in for 8-10 hours
- Refresh with splash of almond milk before eating.
- Add banana, berries, chia seeds, coconut flakes, or a drizzle of nut butter for added yum
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