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Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

December 5, 2020

Last Updated on December 5, 2020 by Slow The Cook Down

These chocolate and peanut butter overnight oats are a great make ahead breakfast for those busy mornings. They take less than 5 minutes to make and are wonderfully creamy and delicious!

A spoon in a jar of overnight oats topped with whipped cream.

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I hate to say it, but breakfast is often neglected in my day, I can just never quite find the motivation before I start work!

That’s where overnight oats come in! They literally take minutes to make the day before and then they are ready to eat straight out of the jar the next morning.

These chocolate and peanut butter oats are just the right amount of sweet and salty, and you obviously don’t have to, but when topped with some whipped cream they are seriously good!

For more make ahead breakfast recipes, be sure to check out my Pizza Egg Bites and Breakfast Stuffed Peppers.

Why make overnight oats

These overnight oats are now a staple in my fridge, they are such a tasty and nutritious way to start the day!

  • Make ahead: Obviously you make these the night before you want them, but they will keep well for several days.
  • Gluten-free: Oats are naturally gluten-free, if you have an intolerance, be sure to use GF certified oats.
  • Easy to make vegan: They can be made with diary or plant based milk.
  • Natural ingredients: Made with no artificial sugars or sweeteners so you don’t get an energy crash.
  • High in protein and fiber and low in fat: To keep you feeling full til lunchtime.
A jar of overnight oats on a circular chopping board.

Ingredients

  • Oats: Oats are a whole grain and a great source of vitamins, minerals antioxidants and fiber. They have some serious health benefits, so get them into your diet!
  • Cocoa powder: Use unsweetened cocoa powder for that delicious chocolatey flavor.
  • Peanut butter: I used natural peanut butter, but you can use regular if that’s what you have. You can use smooth, or crunchy, for more texture.
  • Maple syrup: To naturally sweeten the oats. You can also use honey or another liquid sweetener.
  • Milk: I used dairy milk, but you can use a plant based milk like almond, coconut or soy.
  • Whipping cream: This is totally optional, and obviously adds some sugar to your healthy breakfast, but it tastes really good with it!

How to make chocolate peanut butter overnight oats

Be sure to scroll down for the full recipe!

  • Add the dry ingredients, maple syrup and oats to a jar (photo 1).
  • Pour in the milk (photo 2).
  • Shake to combine and refrigerate (photo 3).
Three step by step photos to show how to make overnight oats.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best oats to use?

Hands down, the best oats to use are rolled oats, or old fashioned oats, as they keep their shape and texture when soaked overnight. You can use quick oats or steel cut oats but the texture will vary pretty substantially. Quick oats will make for quite a mushy bite and steel cut will be pretty tough to eat.

How long do overnight oats keep in the fridge?

A jar of these chocolate peanut butter overnight oats will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 or 5 days. The longer they sit, they will get more soft, but they will become much creamier. You can easily make up a batch of jars on a Sunday night and enjoy them throughout the week.

Can I eat overnight oats every day?

Overnight oats are a great addition to your daily meal plan. They are full of goodness and will keep you filled up and energized til lunchtime, so they are a great option if you are trying to quit your midday snacks! If you want them every morning, maybe skip the whipped cream each day and save it for a Friday!

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • The recipe below is for one jar, you can easily half the recipe, share it or enjoy half the next day as it’s pretty filling!
  • Stir the oats before eating them. The ingredients will settle as they rest in the fridge, so give it a good stir to get a more even texture.
  • Feel free swap the whipped cream for some fresh berries or sliced banana for a healthier topping!
A spoon in a jar of overnight oats without topping.

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Chocolate and peanut butter overnight oats in a glass jar.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

These chocolate and peanut butter overnight oats are a great make ahead breakfast for those busy mornings. They take less than 5 minutes to make and are wonderfully creamy and delicious!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings (1 jar)
Calories: 303kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats (90g)
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup milk (240ml)
  • whipping cream and cocoa powder to serve (optional)

Instructions

  • Add the oats, cocoa powder, peanut butter and maple syrup to a sealable glass jar.
  • Pour in the milk and seal shut.
  • Shake well until the ingredients are well mixed and place in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
  • Top with whipped cream and cocoa powder to serve, if you like.

Notes

  • Nutritional values are an estimate only and don’t include the whipped cream topping and assumes this is made with dairy milk.
  • The recipe below is for one jar, you can easily half the recipe, share it or enjoy half the next day as it’s pretty filling!
  • Stir the oats before eating them. The ingredients will settle as they rest in the fridge, so give it a good stir to get a more even texture.
  • Feel free swap the whipped cream for some fresh berries or sliced banana for a healthier topping!

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 2mg
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