Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with 5 Minute Chocolate Granola.
I’m about to show you how non-boring peanut butter overnight oats can be.
This is one of my go-to breakfasts (we’re talking, like, at LEAST three days a week!) and I trash it up so it’s a little over the top, but still doable on a weekday morning. I LOVE IT.
It’s no secret that I adore overnight oats. There is entire overnight oats bar how-to in The Pretty Dish! I have a few recipes here on the blog and it’s just one of my favorite breakfasts ever. Which is funny, because as I’ve said ten billion times, I don’t love hot oatmeal!
Unless it’s a throwback like peaches and cream quaker instant oats. Oh yes.
Overnight oats get a bad rap. I don’t find overnight oats to be mushy – in fact, I find them to be chewy! Which is what I love. Traditional hot oatmeal comes off as mushy to me, which turns me away.
But give me the cool, chewy overnight oats topped with lots of crunchy things and tons of fruit. They are satisfying and filling.
In fact, the only time I DON’T make overnight oats is when I want a savory breakfast. Because for me, overnight oats to be on the sweeter side. Not sweet SWEET, but like… nut butter sweet. You know?
That’s why I make mine with the best combination of all time: chocolate and peanut butter. I say this as I’m about 45 seconds away from grabbing a peanut butter spoon and topping it with chocolate chips. It’s such a classic favorite and one that just works.
I mean, who WOULDN’T love it first thing in the morning?
So let’s get to it.
The oats! Nothing special here. I’ve added yogurt to my overnight oats in the past (and I enjoy it) but I don’t do that as often anymore. Mostly because I might want to have yogurt in another capacity later in the day! Like for a snack or something. So I go with milk (I usually do a coconut almond variety) and the oats, plus some chia seeds and hemp hearts.
I add in a drop of honey and pinch of salt, along with some vanilla extract.
Then I like to sort of swirl the peanut butter in the oats, leaving big chunks of it. This reminds me of my favorite chocolate peanut butter ice cream from Kilwin’s – the chunks of peanut butter are what make it.
After it chills in the fridge overnight, I add a little more milk, a little more peanut butter, and then… this 5 minute granola.
This is actually a grain free chocolate granola! Not because I avoid grains, but because I don’t think I need grains on top of grains. Like more granola on top of oatmeal? Kind of repetitive!
So this quick granola is made with big coconut flakes and peanuts and almonds. It’s SO crunchy and really good! Toss it in the skillet with some coconut oil and honey then let it cool. And there you go. Make a batch for the week and you’re all set.
Doesn’t it look like a bowl of HEAVEN? Sprinkle on some cocoa powder. Make a gallon of coffee. Your day is perfect!
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup milk, (cow, almond, coconut, etc), plus more for drizzling
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1 banana, sliced
- ½ tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ cup peanuts
- ⅓ cup slivered almonds
- ⅓ cup flaked coconut
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Pinch of salt
- In a bowl, stir together the oats, milk, chia seeds, hemp hearts, maple syrup. vanilla extract and salt. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight!
- To serve, drizzle with milk and stir. Add the remaining peanut butter on top. Top with the chocolate granola and a sliced banana.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the coconut oil. Once melted, add the peanuts; almonds and coconut. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until they begin to toast. Stir in the cocoa, maple syrup and salt and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
- Spread the mixture on a piece of parchment paper and let it cool completely.
Seriously want to dive in.