Peanut Butter Overnight Oats - This delicious breakfast tastes like peanut butter cookie dough! It's also naturally high in protein, making it a great way to start a busy day.
Overnight oats (and oatmeal in general) are a long time favorite breakfast of mine.
I typically make My Favorite Overnight Oats recipe, but I like to play with other flavors as well.
The other morning, I prepared my kids a pot of cooked oatmeal to which I added in peanut butter and honey. It was so darn good that I got to thinking about a peanut butter overnight oats recipe, which fostered today's deliciousness!
The addition of cinnamon and vanilla set this off nicely, and a scoop of Greek yogurt adds to the natural protein content. It's such a delicious breakfast to wake up to.
How to make peanut butter overnight oats
The best part this recipe is that you don't have to worry about making breakfast in the morning!...Of course, you do have to worry about making it the night before, ha.
That works better for our family, however, as it allows us more time to get ready and even get a few extra minutes of sleep. Sam's school starts at 8am, so we need all the time we can get!
Rolled oats - This works best with overnight oats, though I have used steel cut with success! See the FAQs below.
Milk - Choose a milk that you tolerate and enjoy the taste of, as it will obviously impart some flavor to the recipe.
Peanut butter - I prefer a smooth salted variety. If you choose unsalted, add in a dash or two of sea salt to bring out all the flavors. Chunky PB will obviously add texture, so be aware! My kids aren't fans of chunky.
Maple syrup - This sweetens the mix! I've used a chopped date with success as well, though the pieces don't 'blend' in as nicely.
Vanilla and cinnamon - These provide yummy, sugar-free flavor! I particularly like the two combined with peanut butter.
Begin by mixing the milk and peanut butter until the PB is well combined. Use a whisk or fork here for best results.
Stir in the remaining ingredients and let it chill in the fridge overnight.
Can you cook the oats in the morning?
Can I use steel cut oats? Quick oats?
Can I omit the yogurt?
What's the best milk to use to make overnight oats?
There are myriad additions that could be employed here, but a few that I would recommend are:
- Chocolate chips
- Sliced bananas (try sauteing them in butter first for a special treat!)
- Blueberries or other fresh fruit
- Other seeds or nuts (or even a few chopped peanuts!)
- Grated coconut
- Goji berries
More overnight oatmeal recipes
No Sugar Added Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- ½ cup milk of your choice
- 1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 heaping tablespoon Greek yogurt
- ½ cup oats
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- dash sea salt omit if using salted peanut butter
- Whisk the milk and peanut butter in a bowl until well combined and emulsified.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients.
- Cover and refrigerate for 1-8 hours.
If you have a chance to try this recipe, please leave a star rating and a comment below letting me know how you liked it!
so happy to find your sans chia seed overnight oats recipes because I hate chia seeds LOL!
I love peanut butter, I love cookie dough, and I love cookies - so this dairy free recipe is right up my alley! I had all the ingredients in my house, so I gave it a whirl. I'm also doing Weight Watchers, so I REALLY appreciate the WW point value.
I think I've been converted to overnight oatmeal using this recipe - way more satisfying that any oatmeal I've had, and I love it cold!! I used maple syrup instead of honey and it added just enough sweetness. Yum!
Haha, I'm happy you enjoyed it Sabrina, overnight oats is a life-changer! 🙂
Is it possible to use steel cut oats in this recipe or does it only work with rolled oats? Thanks!
You could, but the result would be a bit chewier. 🙂
Have made these everyday for the past week, thankyou so much for the recipe ! 🙂
That's awesome Laura, I'm happy you're enjoying them so much! 🙂
Can you tell me what the nutritional yeast adds? I tried it once in a savory recipe and just couldn't stomach it. The recipe said it was supposed to add a "cheesy" flavor but it just wasn't for me. Reading these comments though makes me want to give it another chance.
The small amount here just gives it more of a cookie dough taste, but feel free to leave it out! 🙂
Oops, It didn't let me finish. My favorite is to put Vanilla and cinnamon in and cook it then add walnuts and honey or pure maple syrup.
Hi Lauren, Do you eat this cold straight from the fridge or do you heat it up? It sounds great and I usually have oatmeal for breakfast. My favorite way is to
Eat it cold girl! You'll never go back! 🙂
This is amazing! Thank you for this. Never tried overnight oats before, always been a hot porridge eater but am now converted to cold oats! Delicious.
Yay! I'm happy this recipe could bring you over to the 'other side'. 😀
This is my favorite overnight oats recipe yet. I must admit I like it a bit sweet and add a half teaspoon of succanant (sp?). Thank you!
Jessica @ Floptimism
Hi there! My name is Jessica, and I run a food blog called Floptimism where, every Saturday, I write a Weekend Wrap-Up post to share all of my favorite internet finds from the past week. I wanted to let you know that I absolutely loved this post -- that oatmeal, oh my goodness -- so much so that I included it in my blog's Weekend Wrap-Up. I've included the link to the post in case you're interested. Thanks for such a fabulous idea!
Thanks for sharing Jessica! 😀
Gabby @ the veggie nook
These sound so good Lauren! I use nutritional yeast in my homemade peanut butter cups and it's amazing so I bet that just brings this from good to amazing!
I'm so glad that I stumbled across this recipe. I've had this for breakfast three times now and I think I'm addicted. I use honey instead of dates, extra peanut butter, omit the nutritional yeast. (I have some in my cupboards but I'm too chicken to add it to oatmeal), and add a pinch of baking soda just to add to the "cookie dough" flavour. And I add a handful of chocolate chips, of course. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE!
I'm so happy you're enjoying the recipe Leah, and I love the baking soda trick! 😀
Love your idea. I am doing a overnight oats weekly series and peanut butter is definitely something that will be featuring a few weeks down the line, Love your cookie dough idea.
Alisa @ Go Dairy Free
This looks so simple and comforting! I'm trying to imagine what flavor that little bit of nutritional yeast adds to the mix.
jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur
Peanut butter cookie dough for breakfast! This sounds wonderful. My personal favorite is overnight oats with cocoa powder and a heft dose of vanilla extract. Maybe some chocolate chips if I'm feeling extra adventurous.
Sheesh, this sounds good! I've been wanting to do something with dates for a while, too.
Good morning, I am not a big peanut butter fan but I love me some cookie dough so how would I adjust the recipe to get the cookie dough flavor without the peanut butter flavor?
Give this recipe a whirl instead (sorry for the crummy pictures, they are being updated this week!): https://www.oatmealwithafork.com/2012/07/23/oatmeal-cookie-overnight-oats/