Chocolate peanut butter overnight oats are a delicious and healthy breakfast option that combines the classic flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter. They’re naturally vegan, making them a great choice for those who follow a plant-based diet. Additionally, if you use gluten-free oats, they can also be made gluten-free, which is perfect for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities.
Packed with wholesome ingredients, this make-ahead recipe ensures a nourishing start to your day, without having to do any work before your morning coffee! Combine them with some of the other recipes from our road trip food article or our road trip snacks collection.
The oats are prepared by combining rolled oats with a mixture of non-dairy milk, chia seeds, yogurt, and optional maple syrup. This mixture is then left in the refrigerator overnight to thicken and absorb the flavors, resulting in a creamy and indulgent breakfast. We take this treat to another level by adding a layer of peanut butter and chocolate that crusts overnight, forming a beautiful chocolate hard shell that is fun to crack into, and even more fun to eat! These chocolate peanut butter oats taste like dessert!
Customize easily based on personal preferences, such as adding sliced bananas, chopped nuts, or a drizzle of honey on top.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- 1 Mixing bowl
- 1 Spoon
- 1 Microwave-safe-bowl
- 2 8-ounce mason jars
- 1 Microwave
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2/3 cup low-fat yogurt
- Honey (or maple-syrup, optional)
- 4 tbsp chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 4 tbsp Peanut butter
- a pinch of salt
- In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, almond milk, and honey (or maple syrup). Stir until well combined and creamy. Then stir in the chia seeds and oats
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate or chill in a cooler for 2-3 hours (or overnight). You can also divide the mixture among several 8-ounce mason jars.
- When the mixture is sufficiently cooled and thickened, spoon the overnight oats into 8-ounce mason jars, leaving room at the top for the topping.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil. Heat in 30-second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between, until the chocolate is melted.
- Top each jar of overnight oats with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, followed by 1 tablespoon of the melted chocolate mixture. Spread the chocolate to the rim of the jar, covering the peanut butter completely.
- Place the jars in the freezer for 10 minutes, or until the chocolate hardens. Optional: sprinkle the tops with a little flaky sea salt.
- Crack open the chocolate shell with a spoon, and enjoy your delicious chocolate peanut butter overnight oats!
- Please remember to personalize your oats with variations and toppings to suit your taste.
- You can adjust the sweetness by adding a drizzle of your preferred sweetener.
- Allergic to peanuts? No problem! Use almond butter or another nut butter in place of the peanut butter.
- Add a scoop of protein powder to the mix (you will need to add more milk as protein powder gives dryness to this chocolate overnight oats recipe).
One of the most significant advantages of overnight oats is their ability to stay fresh for several days.
You can prepare a batch of chocolate peanut butter overnight oats in advance and store them in the refrigerator or a cooler packed with ice for up to five days. This makes them an ideal road trip companion, saving you time and effort during your travels.
Simply grab a jar from the stash each morning and hit the road with a nutritious breakfast ready to enjoy.
While the classic chocolate peanut butter overnight oats are undeniably tempting, feel free to experiment with these variations to suit your taste preferences:
- Banana Bliss: Add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the oat mixture and a few sliced bananas under the peanut butter to enhance the flavor profile.
- Berry Burst: Mix in a handful of fresh berries or a spoonful of berry compote for a burst of fruity goodness.
- Nutty Delight: Toss in some chopped almonds, walnuts, or your favorite nuts for added crunch and a wholesome twist. Cashews are especially good!
- Allergic to peanuts? No problem! Simply use almond butter or another nut butter in place of the peanut butter.
- Add a scoop of protein powder to the mix (you will need to add in a bit more milk as protein powder gives dryness to this chocolate overnight oats recipe).
- Adjust sweetness: Feel free to adjust the sweetness by adding a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, or your preferred sweetener. If you’re using vanilla yogurt, this likely won’t be needed, but unflavored yogurt will require some sweetness.
- Customize toppings: Sprinkle some additional chocolate chips, an extra peanut butter drizzle, or nuts on top before digging in for an extra indulgent experience.
- Portable containers: Invest in leak-proof, travel-friendly containers to ensure your overnight oats stay secure during your road trip.
Can I use instant oats instead of rolled oats?
While instant oats can be used, the texture may be softer and less chewy. Old-fashioned rolled oats are recommended for the best results.
Can I use a different type of milk or yogurt?
Absolutely! Feel free to use your preferred dairy or plant-based milk and yogurt options. Experimentation is encouraged! These are great with chocolate milk, for example.
Can I heat up the oats before eating?
Certainly! If you prefer warm oats, you can heat them in the microwave for a short time or on the stovetop before enjoying them. Just keep in mind this will melt the crunchy chocolate topping.