If you're looking for an easy breakfast that tastes amazing and requires zero fuss, these Peanut Butter Overnight Oats might be your new favorite. And, as requested by readers, I've made this recipe for overnight oats without chia seeds. The result is soft, chewy, creamy, and has delicious ribbons of peanut butter swirled in every bite. It's the perfect way to start your day!
Overnight oats are one of my go-to breakfasts during the week because they're easy to prepare and ready to eat when we wake up. They're a great option for meal prep to make mornings easier without relying on processed breakfast options full of junk.
The peanut butter in this recipe provides plant-based protein that's great after a workout or to help keep you full throughout the morning. The protein also helps balance the carbohydrates in the oats, which will help prevent a glucose spike. For another oat recipe with protein, try my Tiramisu Overnight Oats.
- oats: You'll want to use old-fashioned rolled oats to make this recipe. They provide just the right density for overnight soaking, and the result is a soft, chewy texture. Be sure your oats are certified gluten free, if needed.
- dairy free milk: Unsweetened almond is my milk of choice for this recipe, but you could also use coconut, oat, rice, hemp, or any other milk you prefer. Choose an unsweetened variety so the oats won't be too sweet.
- peanut butter: I like creamy organic peanut butter in this recipe, but if you like a little crunch feel free to use a crunchy variety.
- maple syrup: Be sure to choose a pure maple syrup, not a maple "flavored" syrup. This will keep things on the clean side and avoid unnecessary additives and ingredients like high fructose corn syrup.
- peanuts, chocolate chips, and sliced bananas: These are optional to top your oats, but I highly recommend adding them. They really make this dish feel extra indulgent, and what's better than the combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and banana?!
These overnight oats take only minutes to prepare, making them a great solution to those busy weekday mornings. To make them:
- add the ingredients to a jar
- soak overnight
- wake up to breakfast already made
- sunflower butter: this is a great option if you aren't able to consume nuts
- almond butter: I make this with almond butter all the time and it's delicious.
- hazelnut spread: I've tested this with hazelnut spread instead of the peanut butter and wow...it tastes like dessert!
Other great options for topping these oats are:
- cacao nibs
- fresh blueberries
- a scoop of your favorite jam
- crumbled graham crackers
- mini marshmallows
A 16-ounce wide-mouth mason jar is my choice to make overnight oats because it fits this recipe perfectly, and the mouth allows plenty of space for toppings. If you don't have mason jars, any refrigerator-friendly container that holds 16 ounces will work. If you have a large bowl, you can mix your ingredients with a spoon, then cover the bowl with plastic or beeswax wrap. For an option to take on the go, I love these glass containers, which can also go from the refrigerator directly to the microwave.
Frequently Asked Questions
The oats will be soft enough to eat after 2 hours, but 8 hours is ideal to achieve that soft, creamy texture I'm going for in this recipe.
Overnight oats can be enjoyed cold or warm. If you prefer warm oatmeal, prepare your oats in a microwave-safe container the night before so you can easily pop them in the microwave in the morning. Or, you can heat the oats in a small saucepan with a splash of your dairy free milk for a few minutes until warm.
Other recipes to try
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats Without Chia Seeds
- ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup dairy-free milk of choice I use unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- chopped peanuts (optional, for topping)
- mini chocolate chips (optional, for topping)
- sliced bananas (optional, for topping)
- Add your oats, dairy-free milk, peanut butter, and maple syrup to a 16 oz mason jar (see post above for other storage options).
- Put the top securely on the jar. Give the jar a vigorous shake to combine the ingredients and break up the peanut butter a bit. Make sure your oats are fully covered with the milk, or any uncovered oats won't soften up.
- Store the jar in your refrigerator overnight, for at least 6 hours.
- When you're ready to eat your overnight oats, pull them out of the refrigerator and top with freshly sliced bananas, a sprinkle of chopped peanuts, and some mini chocolate chips if you'd like.