Introducing one of my most popular overnight oats variations: chocolate peanut butter overnight oats with banana!
It might sound like a dessert, but it’s actually a wholesome, healthy breakfast (that also happens to taste amazing). It’s like a healthy take on chunky monkey ice cream!
Overnight oats are the holy grail of make-ahead breakfast recipes. They’re super versatile (you can add your favorite ingredients and mix & match as much as you want!) and they take about 5 minutes to make. You can even store them in a grab-and-go container for easy transportation.
(I recommend a mason jar or glass snapware, but anything works! I’ve even made large batches in a mixing bowl with a reusable plastic cover.)
Here’s how to make your own scrumptious oats with chocolate, peanut butter, and banana. And if you love overnight oats and want some more recipe variation ideas, check out this post: Easy Overnight Oatmeal Recipes.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with Banana
Step 1: Start with basic overnight oats.
To start, make the basic overnight oats recipe. All you have to do is combine rolled oats (gluten free certified if necessary), ground flax and milk (dairy or nondairy) in a jar and shake. Or, stir together in a bowl. Simple as that!
You can use this as a starter for any combination of flavors and toppings.
Step 2: Flavor your overnight oats base with peanut butter and cocoa powder.
There are lots of ways to add natural sweetness and flavor to your overnight oats. Cocoa powder, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon are some of my favorites. But feel free to experiment!
For this particular recipe, we’re adding cocoa powder for the chocolate flavor and honey as a natural sweetener.
Step 3: Add your toppings: peanuts, chocolate chips, etc.
Next, add in your toppings! For this recipe, that means optional chocolate chips and/or peanuts.
You can even add chia seeds if desired. This gives your oats more of a pudding consistency.
Step 4: Refrigerate, add bananas, then enjoy!
Lastly, you’ll need to refrigerate your oats for at least 3-4 hours, or just leave them in the fridge overnight. This allows the milk to soak into (and soften) the oats, and the flavors to mingle.
Normally, fruit would be added in the previous step. But since bananas get brown so quickly, I recommend waiting to slice and add your bananas until you’re ready to eat!
And that’s it: you’ve got a delicious breakfast in a jar! The full peanut butter overnight oats recipe (with banana) is below.
What’s your favorite overnight oats flavor combination?
Here are some more healthy breakfast ideas:
- Simple Baked Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
- Berry Lemon Quinoa Breakfast Bake
- Savory Oatmeal
- Almond Milk Overnight Oats with Berries
- Veggie Scrambled Egg Muffins
- Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (certified GF if needed)
- 1 tablespoon ground flax
- 3/4 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/3 of a sliced banana
- Handful of peanuts (optional)
- Handful of chocolate chips (optional)
1. Combine oats, flax, milk, and cocoa powder in a one-pint jar (or bowl). Screw on the lid, and shake.
2. Add peanut butter and honey. Add optional chocolate chips, peanuts, or other toppings. Stir until mixed in.
3. Put the lid back on or cover, and refrigerate overnight (or at least 3-4 hours).
4. Add sliced banana when ready to eat, and enjoy!