This insanely easy peanut butter overnight oats recipe is a must-try. Breakfast meal prep makes your morning faster, easier and ensures you stay on track with your health goals.
There’s several ways to overnight an oat. We’re not here to say this is the best way but damn it’s good. We’ve picked out of our favourite healthy breakfast recipe to highlight how easy they are – Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.
If you’ve never met overnight oats, let me introduce you.
What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats are a form of breakfast meal prep. Instead of cooking your oats, you combine them with flavours and a milk of your choice (almond, nut, soya or plain old normal milk!), mix everything together in a jar and pop in the fridge, overnight.
In the morning, you’ll have breakfast-to-go. Easy to just eat right out of the fridge, no need to heat or faff, overnight oats are a Busy Girl’s dream. Not only perfect for mornings, overnight oats make the perfect meal to enjoy after your workout. With 15g of protein per serving, these are great for those trying to get more protein into their diet, naturally.
How do I make overnight oats?
The good news is that even after a little testing, we’ve discovered that the simple, fast and straight forward method actually provides you with the best results. There’s a couple of options however when it comes to the basic ‘base’ formula to overnight oats.
You’re best to test which you prefer as some of us like thicker oats, others prefer more runny. Some like creamier oats using yoghurt and others prefer milk based. Once you get your perfect overnight oat recipe, you’re free to go completely wild with the additions and toppings.
The basic ingredients for overnight oats are:
1/2 cup Dairy-Free Milk + 3/4 Tbsp Chia Seeds + 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
40g Oats + approx. 100g Yoghurt
- Oats can be steel cut oats, oatmeal, jumbo oats, quick oats, Quaker oats or any other kind of oat
- Yoghurt can be any of your favourites – milk yoghurt, soya, almond, nut yoghurts or even flavoured options!
- 40g Milk – here any type of milk will work – our favourites are hazlenut and almond
The goal here is to play around with the quantities – add a little more liquid for wetter oats, or add more oats or chia seeds for a thicker, more pudding like texture.
Give your mixture a few stirs, ensure all the oats have been fully immersed in the liquid or yoghurt. Cover, stick in the refrigerator overnight and let the oats soften.
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats Recipe
1/2 cup Oats
1/2 cup Almond Milk
3/4 tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 tablespoon Yoghurt (optional)
2 tablespoons Peanut Butter (to taste)
1 tablespoon Cocoa Nibs
13g Sweet Freedom Light Syrup (can use Agave Nectar or alternative)
Banana, Strawberries or Raspberries
Additional Chia Seeds or Chopped Peanuts
- Stir all ingredients together well in a jar of your choice. We used this one.
- Cover jar and refrigerate overnight
- In the morning, open up the jar, add some toppings and enjoy!
So it really is that simple – plus we’ve got several other overnight oats recipes you can try on our blog. Get stuck into those here – 12 Easy & Healthy Overnight Oats Recipes.
How long do Peanut Butter Overnight Oats last?
Overnight oats of all flavours and types can be prepared 2-3 days in advance, sometimes longer depending on your ingredients. If you don’t add fresh fruits, overnight oats can last up to five days in the refrigerator.
Can you eat overnight oats hot?
Yes you definitely can! Pop them in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds, without the lid. Keep an eye on them in there as they’re prone to overflowing, without notice!
Can you use Quick Oats to make overnight oats?
Yes, you can. The finished overnight oats will be a little softer than with jumbo or traditional oats.
Can you use Steel Cut Oats to make overnight oats?
Yes, go wild! We didn’t use them in our recipe but a lot of other bloggers have had success with using steel cut oats in their overnight oat recipes.
Overnight Oats Recipe Ideas
Using our formula above for the perfect overnight oats recipes, feel free to try your hand at any of your favourite additions. We’ve got a 12 in our recent article for you to try but here’s a few more to get you started:
- Peanut butter + chocolate almond milk + bananas
- Sugar-free jam + raspberries + yoghurt
- Coconut milk + cocoa nibs + pineapple
- Nutella + banana
- Cashew butter + banana
- Peanut butter + jelly
- Coconut milk + peaches
Our overnight oats recipe took inspiration and was adapted from an amazing Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe by Minimalist Baker.
All image credits also go to Minimalist Baker.