Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats | Who can turn down the classic, feel-good pairing of peanut butter and chocolate, right? Especially in a protein-packed, healthy and delicious breakfast that only takes 5 minutes to mix together. All the chocolately, peanut buttery goodness with the healthy carbs of oats - a trio that was meant to be together.
Why are peanut and chocolate so good together? They turn humble oats into a delicious treat.
I'm back with another peanut butter overnight oats recipe. This chocolate peanut butter overnight oats recipe is an older recipe that I'm updating to add clearer instruction and nutritional information.
I created this recipe four years ago and it really has stood the test of time. My teenage son still loves these peanut butter chocolate overnight oats. All I have to do is add ingredients, mix and refrigerate and he's got a prepared breakfast, dessert, midnight gaming session snack that he loves.
Having overnight oats with peanut butter and chocolate ready in the fridge for him makes it easy enough for a teenage boy to make himself breakfast, and it's pretty healthy for him, which makes me happy. He loves it and it keeps him full. A win-win situation.
To make a healthy breakfast you can add some sliced bananas on top and some chopped peanuts. Overnight oats can be enjoyed hot or cold, so scooping some of these into a bowl and warming them up and then topping them with melted peanut butter, maybe some chocolate chips - oh man what a dessert that would make.
The rest of my family loves these oats too. You can totally customize it to your taste preferences as well. Just use the formula of oats to liquid, add some sweetener if you like and whatever other flavor you want. You could use almond or cashew butter in place of the peanut butter, use some coconut, add some fruit in – whatever you prefer! Quite often I quadruple this recipe to last us a few days.
- Old fashioned oats. (These days I usually like to add half old-fashioned oats and half large flake oats to my overnight oats recipes, I find it give them a bit more chewy texture, which I like. All old-fashioned oats make overnight oats creamier, which is also good. You can choose which texture you prefer.) To make this recipe gluten free, just use certified gluten free oats.
- Almond milk - I use unsweetened Almond milk by Breeze.
- Greek Yogurt - I like the plain, high protein Greek yogurt by Olympic. To turn these into dairy free vegan overnight oats, try coconut or soy yogurt.
- Chia Seeds - These healthy little seeds add extra protein, fiber, calcium, and healthy omega-3's to oats.
- Peanut butter - I prefer homemade because there's no sugar, but you can use any peanut butter. If you use a storebought version with sugar in it, you may need less sweetener for this recipe.
- Cocoa - I love Hershey's Cocoa Powder (Especially the Special Dark Cocoa).
EXPERT TIP: To turn these into dairy-free and vegan overnight oats, use a dairy-free, vegan yogurt like coconut yogurt or soy yogurt.
More Overnight Oats Recipes
- Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats
- Maple Peach + Pecan Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Peanut Butter + Jelly Overnight Oats
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- ⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup oats (I use ½ cup quick oats + ½ cup large flake oats)
- 1 ⅓ cup milk (I use almond milk)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter (I use natural)
- 3 tablespoons Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
- 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate overnight. Serve with your choice of garnish. Serve cold or warm.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
Originally published Published Nov 30, 2017. Updated for clarity and nutrition information.
How to make this recipe
See below for a video tutorial.
In a container with a lid, mix together the yogurt, almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Add the oats, chia seeds, pinch of salt, and cocoa powder. Mix again. I find a whisk works best.
Add the lid and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Serve hot or cold the next morning and garnish with chopped peanuts.
You can portion these overnight oats into smaller jars the next day, or when making the oats. Just be careful to divide all ingredients equally.