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Make your mornings a breeze with a delicious batch of Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats. It takes just 5 minutes to prep without any cooking — just combine and chill. It's the perfect grab-and-go meal to keep you going until lunch.
If you are bored with your morning meals or you find yourself skipping breakfast on hectic mornings, you may want to try this recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats. It's a fast, satisfying, and delicious meal!
Ideally, I'd love to sit down on weekday mornings and enjoy vegan eggs benedict, with vegan rice paper bacon and freshly-squeezed orange juice with my family, but we usually just have something quick and head out the door.
However, fast doesn't mean bland, boring, or unhealthy. The kiddos will love these overnight oats too and they won't even know that it's good for them. Especially with this chocolate, banana, and peanut butter combination.
This recipe requires simple and wholesome ingredients and it's so easy to customize that you'll never get bored. It's the perfect portable meal to add to your breakfast rotation.
- Banana - I recommend using a spotty, overripe banana for optimal flavor and subtle sweetness.
- Rolled oats - It's best to use old-fashioned rolled oats because they will soften beautifully and absorb the non-dairy milk without getting mushy.
- Non-dairy milk - any variety will work here such as almond, soy, rice, coconut, or cashew milk.
- Chia seeds - this will thicken everything up perfectly. They are good for you, too!
- Cocoa powder - you can also use cacao powder.
- Peanut butter - you can use any type of nut butter such as almond, cashew, or walnut. If you can't have nuts, you can use any type of seed butter such as sunflower or pumpkin. The flavor will vary but it'll still be delicious!
- Maple syrup - this adds a subtle sweetness along with the ripened banana. You can use any type of sweetener or you can omit the sweetener if preferred.
- Vanilla extract - this complements the banana, chocolate, and peanut butter nicely, but it's completely optional.
- Sea salt - Just a pinch will bring the flavors together.
How to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
It's easy to make overnight oats! Just grab a jar and a fork, then you're ready to go. Here's how to do it:
- Mash banana on the bottom of a 16-ounce jar or small bowl.
- Now add the remaining ingredients of milk, oats, cocoa powder, peanut butter, chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt.
- Stir well to combine or cover the jar with a lid and shake. Place covered in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
For multiple servings, increase the ingredients as needed and mix everything in a bowl. Then pour into individual jars, cover, and place in the fridge.
If you have a gluten-free diet, make sure to buy certified gluten-free rolled oats.
How to store
It will stay fresh for 2-3 days in the fridge stored in an airtight container. I haven't tried freezing it yet, but I don't think it would work well with the mashed banana.
Fun Topping ideas for overnight oats
If you want to change things up with your overnight oats, you can add various toppings and mix-ins to keep your taste buds happy. Here are some ideas:
- Fresh Fruit - banana slices pair really well with this chocolate peanut butter overnight oats recipe, but you can use any fruit topping such as raspberries, peaches, blueberries, or strawberries.
- Dried Fruit - add a flavorful chewy texture with dates, raisins, mulberries, cranberries, or goji berries.
- Nuts + Seeds - for a lovely crunch add chopped walnuts, pecans, cashews, peanuts, almonds, hemp seeds, pepitas, or chia seeds.
- Spices - a light dusting of cinnamon or a pinch of nutmeg is delicious!
- More Fun Flavor - add a sprinkle of cacao nibs, vegan chocolate chips, and coconut shreds, or add a spoonful of coconut yogurt or chia seed jam.
Overnight oats are intended to be eaten cold. Instead of cooking the oats to soften them, you soak them in the fridge overnight and the milk will be absorbed by the oats and chia seeds. However, you can gently heat the oats in the microwave before eating.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- 16-ounce Jar (or small bowl)
- Mash banana on the bottom of a 16-ounce jar or small bowl. Then add the milk, oats, cocoa powder, peanut butter, chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Stir really well to combine or cover jar with lid and shake well.
- Place covered in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
- For multiple servings, increase the ingredients as needed and mix everything in a bowl. Then pour into individual jars, cover and place in the fridge.
- Topping ideas: sliced banana coins, cacao nibs, coconut shreds, non-dairy chocolate chips, drizzled peanut butter.
- Storing: will stay fresh for 2-3 days in the fridge stored in an airtight container.
- See the post above for extra tips, FAQs, and step-by-step photos.