Take your breakfast to the next level with this make-ahead protein powerhouse.

By Kelly Vaughan
November 10, 2020
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On busy mornings when you're looking for an energizing breakfast, you'll be grateful that you thought ahead and prepared peanut butter overnight oats the night before. This make-ahead breakfast is just as simple as making regular overnight oats, but it satiates and adds an extra dose of flavor from a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter ($6.47, amazon.com). Whether you prefer creamy or chunky, we're explaining exactly how to make peanut butter-flavored overnight oats for breakfast.

How to Make Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

The only ingredients you need to make peanut butter overnight oats are old-fashioned oats ($11.39, amazon.com), milk (feel free to use regular or nut milk), vanilla extract, cinnamon, and peanut butter. Combine one cup of oats with ¾ cup of milk, ½ teaspoon of vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon, and two to four tablespoons of peanut butter in an eight-ounce jar or bowl. Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add a splash of milk to loosen the mixture and top with any additional ingredients that you please.

Variations of Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

No combination is more satisfying than chocolate and peanut butte, so why not add a small handful of mini chocolate chips to your bowl for a bit of added sweetness? Or go Elvis-style and mix sliced bananas with the oats (do this right before serving so the bananas don't turn brown). For fiber, sprinkle in one teaspoon of chia or flax seeds on top of the oats before you dig in.

And while they are called peanut butter overnight oats, try some other nutty variations such as almond, cashew, or nut-free sunflower butter for a delightful twist. All are equally nutritious and totally delicious.

Health Benefits of Overnight Oats

In addition to being a nourishing meal, peanut butter overnight oats are loaded with nutrients. Rolled oats are rich in fiber, magnesium, and zinc, and have long been associated with heart health benefits. Peanut butter, of course, is packed with healthy protein, and when consumed in moderation, it can lower your risk of coronary heart disease, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Top your oats with chia seeds, berries, bananas, and other fruit to reap even more health benefits.

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