This is a variation of our overnight oats base recipe. Overnight oats are great for breakfast and can make busy mornings a breeze. This chocolate peanut butter overnight oats recipe tastes like dessert and provides all of the nutrients needed for a healthy and filling breakfast.
Overnight Oats are a Healthy Breakfast
The first meal of the day can affect how you feel for the rest of the day. A balanced breakfast should contain complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. The featured ingredients in this healthy overnight oats recipe are oats, Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and banana. This recipe also contains natural sweetener, but far less than many breakfast cereals.
Oats are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Complex carbohydrates are important for steady energy and focus (1, 2).
Making overnight oats with Greek yogurt creates a creamy texture and taste. Plus, it adds a nutritional boost! Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, and gut-friendly probiotics.
Peanuts contain plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy fats. These nutrients help you feel satisfied until your next meal. Choose varieties that don’t contain added sugars or oils.
Bananas contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals – important for digestion, energy, and metabolism. Greenish bananas are firm and higher in prebiotic fiber. Brownish bananas are soft and higher in sugar, making them a bit sweeter.
Less Sugar than Breakfast Cereal
Many breakfast cereals contain way too much added sugar. By making your own overnight oats, you get to control the added sugar!
Culinary Tips for Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Want to make breakfast for the entire week or for the whole family? To speed up prep time, make a big batch in a bowl, then divide into individual servings.
- Oats: use old-fashioned or quick oats. Old-fashioned oats create a firm, chewy texture; quick oats create a soft, mushy texture. Do not use steel cut oats; these have to be cooked for optimal digestion.
- Milk: use regular or dairy-free milk. Don’t have milk? You can make overnight oats with water, but they won’t taste as creamy.
- Greek Yogurt: can substitute regular plain yogurt. Choose a fat content that works for your overall diet. Choose sugar-free varieties and sweeten to taste. Want to make overnight oats vegan? Leave out the yogurt or substitute a plant-based yogurt.
- Peanut Butter: substitute any other nut butter. Got a nut allergy? Make allergy-friendly overnight oats by leaving out the nut butter or replacing it with sunflower butter.
- Honey: substitute any sweetener you like.
Feel free to add other mix-ins: chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut flakes, cocoa powder, nut butter, flavor extracts, etc.
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Overnight oats aren’t just for breakfast! They can also be a great snack or post-workout treat. Serve hot or cold.
How to Store Overnight Oats
Store overnight oats in the refrigerator. They’ll be ready to eat the next morning. Overnight oats can be stored for up to one week in the fridge. However, the longer they are held, the mushier they will become.
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Overnight oats are great for breakfast and can make busy mornings a breeze. This chocolate peanut butter overnight oats recipe tastes like dessert and provides all of the nutrients needed for a healthy and filling breakfast.
- ½ cup old fashioned or quick oats
- ½ cup milk (may sub almond or soy milk)
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon mini dark chocolate chips
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon honey (or to taste)
- ½ medium banana, sliced (~½ cup)
Mix oats, milk, yogurt, chocolate chips, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and honey in a bowl. Top with banana or add it in the morning.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Make multiple servings of this recipe by combining all ingredients in a large bowl and portioning out individual servings each morning.
Substitute honey with any sweetener of your choice and adjust flavor to taste.