Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are a simple, healthy breakfast you can make in under 5 minutes. These oats are packed with protein and so delicious!
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why we love peanut butter overnight oats
Peanut butter and chocolate.. what’s not to love?! All kidding aside, these oats are the best:
- Meal Prep Friendly – These oats are great for meal prepping because they only take a few minutes to put together. They also last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- Super Easy to Make – If you have 10 minutes that’s all it takes to make overnight oats!
- High Protein & Delicious– These oats have 15g of protein to help you stay full throughout the day!
How do you make overnight oats with chia?
It is SO easy to make overnight oats. All you need to do is combine your ingredients, shake or stir to combine them, and store them in the refrigerator overnight so they thicken up/absorb the liquid.
Why add chia seeds to overnight oats? Chia seeds are high in protein and omega3s, making them a great addition to overnight oats. They’re low in calories and add a delicious texture!
Do chia seeds expand in overnight oats? Yes, chia seeds do expand in overnight oats. They absorb liquid and create a thicker, pudding like texture in overnight oats.
Ingredients for Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats:
If you’re looking to get a good combo of carbs, healthy fats, and protein when you’re making overnight oats, these Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are the perfect trifecta of just that!
This recipe only has 6 ingredients, because that’s all you really need. The base is:
You can find substitutions for all of these ingredients below in the green shaded substitutions box.
How to make Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Making these overnight oats with chia seeds is simple.
- Mix all ingredients together
- Store in the refrigerator overnight
- Enjoy warm or cold in the morning!
Substitutions for this peanut butter overnight oats recipe:
Rolled Oats: I have not tried this recipe with quick cook oats. I think it would work but they might get soggier quicker. I wouldn’t recommend it. Irish/Steel Cut Oats will not work in this recipe.
Greek Yogurt: You can substitute greek yogurt with non-dairy yogurt if you’d like.
Milk: You can sub almond milk for any kind of milk (dairy, oat, rice, etc). Any kind will work!
Vegan: If you want to make this recipe vegan you can leave out the yogurt.
WW Points: Will vary depending on the plan you follow. The points for this recipe were calculated as follows: Oats: 4SP, Peanut Butter, 3SP, Chia Seeds 1SP. Did not include chocolate chips to save points.
How long do overnight oats with chia seeds last?
Refrigerator: We recommend prepping/storing these overnight oats for no more than 4 days in the fridge.
As the days go on, the oats will get softer. For best results, prep 24 hours in advance!
Freezing: We don’t recommend freezing overnight oats. They unfortunately don’t freeze well. If you need a freezer friendly recipe, you can try our Baked Oatmeal which freezes great!
What kind of oats should I use for overnight oats?
For the recipe, you’ll need to use old fashioned rolled oats. These are the only oats that will work for making overnight oats!
Why not use quick oats for overnight oats?
You can’t use quick cook or steel cut oats to make overnight oats. With quick cook oats, they can get too mushy when soaking overnight. With steel cut oats, they can’t soak up the moisture overnight. They need to be cooked with heat to make them edible.
Overnight Oats Peanut Butter Toppings and Additions:
These overnight oats are perfect as is, but you can add a lot of yummy toppings to them! Here are some of our favorite things to top overnight oats with:
- fresh fruit – berries, mango, and pineapple all go great in oats. We have a delicious berry overnight oats recipe!
- nuts/seeds – chopped peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds
- nut butter – a drizzle of peanut or almond butter is yummy
Do you eat Peanut Butter Chocolate Overnight Oats cold or warm?
You can eat overnight oats cold or warm! It’s up to you and your taste. I prefer to pop my overnight oats in the microwave for 20-30 seconds before eating, but if you enjoy them cold you can eat them cold!
Overnight Oats with Chia FAQs
Overnight oats can be good for weight loss. Overnight oats can be high in protein, filling, and delicious. The key to weight loss is being in a caloric deficit.
No, it is not bad to put peanut butter in oatmeal. Peanut butter is delicious and adds great flavor to oatmeal!
Yes, you can put raw chia seeds in oatmeal. Chia seeds don’t need to be cooked and they can add a delicious crunch/texture to oatmeal.
Other healthy breakfast recipes:
We love these Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes but here are our favorite healthy breakfast recipes!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds
- In a mason jar or container, combine all ingredients, cover + shake vigorously to combine or stir. You may need to stir after shaking to evenly distribute peanut butter.
- Store in refrigerator for a minimum of 6-8 hours
- When ready to eat, serve cold or heat in microwave.