Meet my current obsession and favorite make-ahead breakfast: Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats! This easy breakfast recipe tastes just like a peanut butter cup and has a good amount of protein (30 grams), healthy fats, fiber, and complex carbs.

Chocolate peanut butter overnight oats in meal prep glass jars topped with banana and raspberries.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats meal prep!

I’ve shared a couple of overnight oat recipes in the past, like this master overnight oat recipe made with old-fashioned oats, steel cut oats, dairy milk or dairy-free milk, natural sweetener, and Greek yogurt.

Overnight oats are the perfect make-ahead meal to meal prep on Sunday night for an easy breakfast on busy mornings, mid-day snack, or a healthier treat option.

Today’s chocolate peanut butter overnight oats recipe is made with old fashioned oats, chocolate protein powder, creamy peanut butter, and cocoa powder. And while that all sounds rich and decadent, this recipe is 100% healthy and made with real-food ingredients to fuel your body.

Fat Loss, Carb Cycling, & Oatmeal

Six months ago, I joined Faster Way to Fat Loss. I was super skeptical, but after 2020 I had some belly fat that I wanted gone so I figured why not give it a chance?

Since December, I’ve dropped 3 pant sizes and 11 inches of total body weight loss. And my body composition is changing in the best way! Muscles and abs are starting to build and I love it!

The main tenants of Faster Way are real food, macro counting (getting in enough protein, carbs, fats, and fiber to fuel your body), carb cycling, strategic workouts like strength training with the carb cycling, and intermittent fasting. All of this has been shown to have tremendous health benefits!

I eat low carb two days a week (50 grams of total carbs) and then 5 days a week enjoy a higher amount of carbs (172 grams of carbs). The amounts are based on my body and current goals.

On higher carb days, it’s time to eat all the oatmeal, sweet potatoes, rice, sourdough toast, bananas, apples, etc. Along with protein, fat, and fiber.

This overnight oats recipe has become one of my personal favorite ways to break my fast with protein, healthy carbs, fat, and fiber all rolled into one delicious meal. Sometimes I pair it with a favorite egg dish or enjoy alone.

Rolled oats, chocolate protein powder, cacao powder, and chia seeds in a glass bowl.
Make this easy recipe with a few pantry-staple ingredients.

Ingredients

To make this chocolate peanut butter overnight oatmeal, you’ll need a few pantry staple ingredients.

Cooking with pantry staples allows you to eat well and save money. This recipe is a perfect example: use the ingredients to build many other nutrient dense breakfast recipes, like baked oatmeal, oatmeal cups, oat pancakes, and other overnight oatmeal recipes.

And add the protein powder to smoothies.

Chocolate Overnight Oat Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1-2 scoops Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (or Cacao Powder)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or your favorite milk: whole milk, coconut milk, cashew milk)
  • 2 TB Water
  • 1 TB Natural Peanut Butter (or your favorite nut butter: Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, or a seed butter)
  • 2 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • Optional Toppings: Sliced Banana, Blueberries, Raspberries

How to Make: Step by Step

Total Time: Make this chocolate peanut butter oatmeal recipe in advance. Prep a few mason jars (doubling or tripling the recipe to make multiple jars) on the weekend or make a batch of oats the night before to enjoy the next morning.

Adding chia seeds to a glass bowl with oats inside.
Step 1: Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, mason jar, or air-tight container.

Step 1: Combine Dry Ingredients

Add dry ingredients: oats, cocoa powder, chia seeds, salt, and protein powder to a mason jar or food storage container. Alternatively, make this recipe in a bowl and then spoon into a jar. Give everything a whisk to combine the ingredients.

Adding peanut butter to a glass bowl with oats, almond milk, and other overnight oat ingredients.
Step 2: Add wet ingredients to the bowl.

Step 2: Add Wet Ingredients

Add the liquid ingredients: almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, and water. Stir the ingredients until well combined. A fork works best for this to create a creamy texture and evenly distribute the peanut butter throughout the oats.

Stirring the overnight oat ingredients in a glass bowl.
Step 3: After combining the ingredients, refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Step 3: Refrigerate Overnight

Secure the lid on the jar and place in the fridge for at least 6 hours to set (for the best results). The chia seeds absorb the liquid (which is why you need extra water in this recipe) to create a thick and delicious oatmeal. Store the chocolate peanut butter oats for up to 4 days in the fridge.

Overnight oats in meal prep jars with raspberries and bananas on top.
Serve as-is or top with favorite fruit, extra nut butter, or cacao nibs or chocolate chips (for a dessert).

Serve

Before enjoying the peanut butter chocolate oats, add favorite toppings: sliced bananas, raspberries, strawberries, cacao nibs or chocolate chips (for a dessert), or extra peanut butter. All the good stuff! Add one topping or try different combinations.

The oats are meant to be served cold, not heated.

Serve for breakfast, lunch, as a snack, or for dessert to satisfy a sweet tooth. The peanut butter flavor paired with the chocolate adds an incredible richness to this oatmeal recipe.

This is definitely a recipe to add to your next meal plan.

Overnight oats in two glass meal prep jars with fruit on top.
Serve the oatmeal alone or pair it with eggs for a protein-rich breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

What to Serve with Overnight Oatmeal

One of my favorite things about overnight oats is that when you add extra protein with protein powder, you don’t need to serve the oatmeal with anything else. You have a complete meal in one jar!

Peanut butter chocolate overnight oats can be served alone for a filling meal, topped with fruit or crunchy homemade granola, or served on the side of a protein-rich meal. Here are a few of my favorite foods to serve with overnight oats:

Chocolate oatmeal topped with raspberries in a glass jar with a lid.
This oatmeal recipe is a great way to make breakfast in advance. Serve it cold straight from the fridge.
Chocolate peanut butter overnight oats in meal prep glass jars topped with banana and raspberries.
5 from 3 votes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

This chocolate peanut butter overnight oats recipe tastes like a peanut butter cup and has 30g Protein. Made with healthy, real-food ingredients that are rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats, and complex carbs.
Kristin Marr
Prep Time5 mins
Refrigerate6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 423 kcal
Cost: $3

Equipment

  • 1 bowl for mixing the oats, or mix directly in a mason jar or meal prep container

Ingredients

Optional Toppings:

  • banana sliced
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • strawberries sliced
  • cacao nibs or chocolate chips for dessert
  • peanut butter

Instructions

  • To a bowl (or directly in a storage jar), add dry ingredients: oats, cocoa powder, chia seeds, salt, and protein powder. Give everything a whisk to combine the ingredients.
  • Add the liquid ingredients: almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup, and water. Stir the ingredients until well combined. A fork works best for this to create a creamy texture and evenly distribute the peanut butter throughout the oats.
  • Secure the lid on the jar and place in the fridge for at least 6 hours to set (for the best results). Store the chocolate peanut butter oats for up to 4 days in the fridge.
  • Before enjoying, add favorite toppings: sliced bananas, raspberries, sliced strawberries, cacao nibs or chocolate chips (for a dessert), or extra peanut butter. Add one topping or try different combinations.
  • Serve cold for breakfast, lunch, as a snack, or for dessert to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Notes

Makes 1 serving for 1 person. Double or triple the recipe to make multiple jars.
Chocolate Protein Powder: There are a lot of not-so-great protein powders on the market, filled with all sorts of processed junk. My go-to chocolate protein powders are Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein and Simply Tera’s Whey Protein. Both have great flavor and are made with real ingredients. For 20 grams of protein, you’ll need 2 scoops for these brands. The number of scoops will be determined by your protein powder and should total 20 grams of protein.
Almond Milk: Use any milk of your choice: whole dairy milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, or even oat milk.
Oats: Use old-fashioned rolled oats; not quick oats or steel cut oats.
Recipe from Faster Way to Fat Loss

Nutrition

Calories: 423kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 28gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 361mgPotassium: 529mgFiber: 11gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 425mgIron: 2mg
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