These Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Overnight Oats are a healthy and simple breakfast that you can meal prep the night before. The combination of oats, protein powder and peanut butter makes for a filling and satisfying breakfast! It is creamy, filling and loaded with flavor. This recipe makes one serving but could easily be doubled in a larger container. Breakfasts that you can make ahead ensure you have a delicious and healthy meal ready in the morning.
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Ingredients for Overnight Oats
- Oats- rolled oats, old fashioned rolled oats or quick cooking oats can be used. Do not use instant oats. Instant Oats are too thin and will not absorb enough liquid.
- Chocolate protein powder- use your favorite brand. A vegan protein powder can be used to make vegan overnight oats. Vanilla protein powder can be subbed for the chocolate protein powder but be sure to add a little extra cocoa powder for the chocolate flavor.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Peanut butter- crunchy, creamy or natural peanut butter can be used.
- Milk- regular, almond milk, soy milk, etc.
- Maple syrup or honey- be sure to use maple syrup to make it vegan.
- Additional peanut butter and chocolate chips for topping. You can even put a banana on top for more flavor!
How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Overnight Oats
To make the oats, put all of the dry ingredients into the mason jar and shake well. Then, add all remaining ingredients and shake well again. Store in the refrigerator overnight. I prefer to eat the oats cold but they can also be warmed up. Top with a scoop of peanut butter and a couple dark chocolate chips and enjoy!
Any protein powder brand of your choice can be used for this recipe. Our favorite is Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey in Extreme Milk Chocolate flavor!
More Toppings for Overnight Oats
No need to stop at the end of this recipe with adding flavor to your overnight oats. In addition to the peanut butter and chocolate chips try these additional ingredients on top of your oats:
- Fresh fruit- sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, blueberries, etc.
- Nuts- almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pecans
- Seeds- pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds
- Other nut butters such as almond or sunflower butter
- Greek yogurt- add a scoop on top when you are ready to eat
Frequently Asked Questions
Nope! If you don’t have protein powder on hand or want to skip it you absolutely can. I would recommend adding more unsweetened cocoa powder and maple syrup or honey to get the strong chocolate flavor.
This recipe can be made dairy free with a vegan protein powder, non-dairy milk and dairy-free chocolate chips. For a gluten free overnight oat recipe be sure to use certified gluten free oats and double check your protein powder.
Yes, but I recommend using quick cut steel cut oats. Traditional steel cut oats may not become tender enough overnight.
Yes! Use a plant based protein instead of whey protein powder. Then, be sure to use dairy free chocolate chips and non-dairy milk. The chocolate chips can even be skipped for this recipe since they are just a topping.
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- 1/2 cup oats (rolled oats, quick cooking oats or old fashioned oats)
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- dash salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup or honey
- additional peanut butter and chocolate chips for topping
- In a mason jar or container with lid, combine oats, protein powder, cocoa powder and salt. Shake or stir well.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir or shake well again.
- Refrigerate overnight or at least 2 hours.
- Serve cold or warm. Stir again. Top with peanut butter and a couple dark chocolate chips.
If more sweetener is needed, add more maple syrup or honey.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 463Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 337mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 7gSugar: 10gProtein: 33g