These creamy peanut butter overnight oats are made with gluten free rolled oats, chia seeds, non-dairy milk and are naturally sweetened with maple syrup. They are perfect for breakfast or as a snack for both kids and adults. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan!
What are overnight oats?
Overnight oats are one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast or as a snack.
When you soak them overnight, it's almost as if they have been cooked. The liquid absorbs so beautifully, and they are so tender and delicious as a result.
A huge bonus is that soaking the oats really aids in the process of the starches breaking down which helps our bodies break everything down a lot more easily.
I don't always want to fire up the stove every morning for breakfast, and it's really nice to take a break and dive into a creamy bowl of oats that are already prepped in the fridge!
What I absolutely love about these oats is how nutritious they are.
I prefer to add in chia seeds for fiber, and I love the creaminess and flavor that comes from the peanut butter (and that additional healthy fat and protein.)
Why This Recipe
The ingredients you need for peanut butter overnight oats
You won't need much to make these fabulous overnight oats.
If you cannot do peanut butter or do not have access to it, feel free to swap it out for almond butter, cashew butter or another favorite, creamy nut butter!
Here is what you'll need:
- Gluten free rolled oats: I recommend checking the label to ensure the oats are certified gluten free.
- Non-dairy milk: I prefer to use a creamy almond milk, flax milk, hemp milk or oat milk.
- Chia seeds: My favorite way to add wonderful texture and fiber.
- Creamy peanut butter: Feel free to grab a creamy almond butter or cashew butter instead.
- Maple syrup: Make sure you are getting Grade A or Grade B pure maple syrup!
- Vanilla extract: Really heightens all the flavors... don't skip it! 😉
I love the convenience that comes to the table when it comes to making overnight oats.
Mornings can be super hectic, so anything I can do to reduce the amount of time I spend prepping and making food is a huge win.
We have been loving these oats as part of breakfast but also as a quick and easy yet nutritious snack! 🙂
Kids love them, but I'll be honest... Sophie is their #1 fan. i don't think she's a huge fan of warm oats and doesn't have a ton of patience waiting for them to cool down.
So, these are a double whammy when it comes to convenience and ease over here.
How to make peanut butter overnight oats
In a large glass bowl or Tupperware container, add non-dairy milk, chia seeds, peanut butter butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir well with a spoon to combine.
Add the oats and give it another good stir. Be sure the oats are completely submerged in the liquid in order to ensure an even setting process.
Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and let it set in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 4-6 hours!)
When it is ready, give it another good stir and serve with extra peanut butter (if you'd like) and 4-ingredient strawberry chia jam.
I highly recommend using creamy peanut butter. It makes a huge difference in texture.
Toppings and suggestions for overnight oats
You can top off your overnight oats with all kinds of goodness.
I love eating them plain too, but here are some other ideas:
- Homemade blueberry jam
- Fresh fruit
- 4-ingredient chia jam
- Extra peanut butter
- Toasted coconut flakes
- Chia seeds, flax seeds and/or hemp seeds
- Roasted nuts, roughly chopped
How Long Do Overnight Oats Last?
Your overnight oats should last for 3-5 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
The texture will change slightly day by day as they continue to soak up more and more liquid.
I recommend making a batch that will last for about 3 days instead of doubling the recipe and having them in the fridge all week long-- just personal preference here!
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Creamy Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- In a large glass bowl or Tupperware container, add non-dairy milk, chia seeds, peanut butter butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir well with a spoon to combine.
- Add the oats and give it another good stir. Be sure the oats are completely submerged in the liquid in order to ensure an even setting process.
- Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and let it set in the refrigerator overnight (or for at least 4-6 hours!)
- When it is ready, give it another good stir and serve with extra peanut butter (if you'd like) and 4-ingredient strawberry chia jam.
- Rolled oats: I prefer using rolled oats for this recipe... don't use instant oats or steel cut oats!
- Nut butter: Feel free to use an alternative nut butter... just be sure it is creamy!
Hi! I’m Monica – recipe developer, matcha addict and lover of all things chocolate, kombucha and any & all puns. I am also the blogger, real food lover, & bonafide hustler behind the blog ‘The Movement Menu.’ I’m so excited to welcome you to my happy space, where my appreciation of creative recipes and healthy & mindful eats come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.