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Peanut Butter Chia Seed Oatmeal

March 4, 2020
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Make the most easiest, delicious Peanut Butter Chia Seed Overnight Oats for a quick, grab-n-go experience in the early mornings!

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Oatmeal

This Peanut Butter Chia Seed Oatmeal recipe is the perfect healthy meal to kick start your day. The overnight oats are easy for meal prep for the week ahead.

This peanut butter oatmeal are nice and creamy thanks to the thickly cut oatmeal and chia seeds used. I add a generous amount of natural peanut butter which gives the oats an amazing nutty flavor. These easy overnight oats almost taste like a peanut butter cookie for breakfast! It is all just quite the perfect breakfast experience in just one bowl. A win for the entire family. Plus, all the ingredients are vegan and gluten-free! 

Two bowls of oatmeal with fruits and a spoon.

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Overnight Oats

It's been such a busy two weeks and I couldn't ask for a better early morning fix than with this easy, simple overnight oats recipe. Honestly, overnight oats are the best for those busy or lazy days AND they make the perfect easy meal prep meal for the entire family. Oh and did I mention that these are awesome for post-workouts!

Yup. This oatmeal has a great amount of protein needed for those muscles right after! 

If you've been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you've probably already fallen in love with our Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe which is also all vegan and Gluten-Free. I just love overnight oats that I have come up with lots of different ways to make this perfect breakfast! 

Ingredients on a brown wood table.

Of course, we do have a delicious Easy Make Ahead Chai Latte Chia Pudding recipe, which seems to be the perfect contender for these overnight oats.

Either way, your taste buds will thank you and the time that you save will thank you even more! Haha.

OK, so if you’re a lover of oatmeal, then I’d recommend heading over to our Breakfast Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seeds Oats, which is such an easy recipe to whip together.

On the other hand, one of our most loved oatmeal recipes are these Flourless Vegan Banana Oats Waffles! Made right in a blender, these Gluten-Free waffles are naturally sweetened, fluffy, thick, airy, and full of flavor. The perfect breakfast or brunch dish with the perfect taste for your mornings!But now, back to our peanut butter chia seed oatmeal recipe…

Oatmeal in a black skillet with a spoon.

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Chia Seed Oatmeal Recipe

Here is a quick look at the ingredients you will need to make this peanut butter oatmeal with chia seeds. The exact quantities and directions are in the recipe card below!

  • Thick cut rolled oats - Make sure you grab rolled oats and not steel cut oats. Steel cut oats are very different and need to be cooked a lot longer. They will not work in this recipe. 
  • Almond milk - Any kind of non dairy milk will work in this recipe. Use coconut milk, soy milk, water or even whole milk to make your oats.
  • Coconut Milk - Make sure you use canned coconut milk which is much different than the stuff in the refrigerated section. Canned coconut milk is sweeter and has lots of luscious, healthy fats. 
  • Condensed milk - I use dairy free condensed milk to keep this recipe vegan friendly. 
  • Maple syrup - Maple syrup is a great natural sweetener that adds a perfect flavor to the vegan overnight oats.
  • Vegan peanut butter - This is one of the best recipes for overnight oats because everything is vegan-approved!
  • Chia seeds - Chia seeds are a little powerhouse of nutrition. Those little seeds are super healthy and they help thicken the oatmeal. 
  • Ground cinnamon - a little cinnamon adds a nice warm flavor. 
  • Sea salt - Sea salt enhances the flavor of all the ingredients in the bowl. 

When you eat your peanut butter oatmeal, you can add almost any toppings you'd like! I like to customize my overnight oats with chocolate chips, banana slices, granola, toasted almonds, a few extra tablespoons chia seeds and a peanut butter drizzle to make it look extra pretty. Make chocolate peanut butter oatmeal by mixing in a tablespoon of cocoa powder or switch up the nut butter for a whole new taste. Get creative! 

How to Make Peanut Butter Chia Seed Oatmeal

  • Mix: Add the oats, chia seeds, coconut milk, almond milk, cinnamon and salt to a saucepan and whisk. 
  • Cook: Bring the mix to a boil and then simmer for 8-10 minutes until thick. 
  • Add the flavorings: Stir in the condensed milk, syrup and healthy peanut butter. Sinner for 2-3 more minutes. 
  • Enjoy!: Divide between bowls then enjoy! 

Benefits of Oats

If you aren’t familiar, oats are super nutritious! They include a great source of carbs, fiber (the soluble kind!), protein, and fat. In addition, they are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.

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Two bowls of oatmeal with a side of fruit and a spoon on brown wood table.

What's So Great About Overnight Oats, Anyway?

Whelp, if you haven't really had overnight oats then you might not understand why they are so great for many of us!

Firstly, overnight oats are simply oats that are soaked in liquid overnight. Simple.

The thing that makes them such a hit is of course the many flavors that you can create from them by adding your own favorite ingredients and the little effort that it takes to a create a delicious breakfast meal. There is no cooking needed!

Plus, oats carry a great amount of nutrients and antioxidants (as mentioned above) and this make for the perfect post-workout meal due to the amount of protein!

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Turn this healthy peanut butter oatmeal recipe into an overnight oat recipe by mixing all the ingredients together in a large bowl, covering it up and putting it in the fridge to rest overnight. In the morning, give the oats a quick stir and they are ready to eat!

You can eat overnight oats cold or hot and with any of your favorite toppings. Make them at night and your morning breakfast will require no cooking at all.

FAQs

How long do overnight oats last?

If prepping your meal for the entire week, the good news is that these overnight oats can last 2-3 days (and sometimes longer) once tightly stored in the refrigerator. Of course, you can freeze them once they're made as well and thaw them out in the fridge before consuming.

Can you eat overnight oats hot or cold?

Yup, you sure can! It's all about your own personal preference. Therefore, it doesn't matter whether you choose to eat them cold right from the fridge or hot from the stovetop.

Why do you use Rolled Oats for overnight oats?

Whelp, it has been said that you can use steel-cut oats for overnight oats, however, the texture and taste might be much different. Actually, it might turn our more chewy and dense. Therefore, we definitely recommend to sticking to Rolled Oats and ensuring that they are Gluten-free certified (like our faves from Bob's Red Mill) is an awesome plus!

Do I have to use only Almond milk to make these?

Not at all! You can feel free to use any milk alternative of your choosing. If preferred, you can even use Soy Milk, Oat Milk, Coconut Milk, or whatever else you choose. Just NOT Water!

I know that they are Overnight Oats but do I really have to wait overnight?

Unfortunately, yes! To ensure that the oats and chia seeds fully hydrate and create the perfect creaminess, it's always best to wait at least 8 hours or overnight. If you are in a hurry, follow my cooking directions to make classic oatmeal on the stovetop.

Bowl of oatmeal with two spoons.

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Peanut Butter Chia Seed Oatmeal

March 4, 2020
5 from 7 votes
This Peanut Butter Chia Seed Oatmeal recipe is the perfect healthy meal to kick start your day or meal prep for the week ahead. These Oats boasts it’s creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut oatmeal and chia seeds used, and generous nutty flavor from the delicious peanut butter; which all create quite the experience in just one bowl.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2 Servings

Ingredients

OATMEAL:

  • 1 cup thick-cut Rolled oats, organic
  • 2 cups Almond milk (You can use water or your fave plant-based milk instead!)
  • 1 (14 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk/cream (You can sub with your fave plant-based milk; See Notes!)
  • 1 (7 oz.) can dairy-free condensed milk
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3-4 Tbsps vegan peanut butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsps chia seeds
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • Vegan peanut butter, softened for drizzle
  • Vegan chopped chocolate or chips
  • Fresh fruit, sliced (I like to use berries like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.)
  • Banana slices
  • Granola
  • Chia seeds
  • Your fave nuts, toasted (Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds, etc. work)

Instructions

TO MAKE THE OATMEAL:

  • Add oats, chia seeds, coconut milk, Almond milk, cinnamon, and sea salt to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until everything is combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low so that everything simmers for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once done, oats should thicken and become swollen + fluffy and creamy with half the the liquid still remaining. Stir in the condensed milk, maple syrup, and softened peanut butter and let it simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes before removing it from heat.
  • To serve, portion oatmeal into serving bowl(s) and top with sliced fresh fruit, chopped chocolate, your fave nuts, chia seeds, and/or granola, if desired.
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect for meal prep for the week!
  • OVERNIGHT OPTION: Simply add all oatmeal ingredients to a bowl and mix together until combined. Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 8 hours). Once ready to serve, top overnight oats with toppings and enjoy. You can also see my Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe.
  • TOASTED NUTS: Add chopped walnuts/pecans/almonds, etc. to a baking sheet and toasting them in the oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 5-10 minutes, tossing them halfway to avoid browning on one side.
  • NUT BUTTER OPTIONS: If preferred, you can always substitute peanut butter with Almond butter, SunButter (perfect for allergy-free needs!), Tahini (Sesame Seed Butter), Hazelnut Butter, etc.
  • COCONUT CREAM: I love using canned coconut cream from Thai Kitchen, however, you can always use canned coconut milk as well and refrigerate it overnight to thicken and create more creaminess. 
  • WHAT PLANT-BASED MILKS ARE GOOD FOR THIS RECIPE? You can always use your fave plant-based milk instead of full-fat coconut cream/milk. Any one of the following works: Almondcoconut milk, homemade oat milk (froths/foams VERY WELL), homemade cashew milk, flax milk, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 0.2mg | Sodium: 1016mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 433mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Definitely gonna have to try this! I know soaking is supposed to be good for digestion, and that's why I typically avoid oatmeal. The peanut butter (and chocolate) have me convinced not to wait! Printing to make soon.

    • Yes, soaking definitely makes it better, especially on digestion! I do hope that you enjoy this!

  2. Overnight Oats are one of my absolute fav for breakfast. We love the combo of peanut butter and chia seeds too.

  3. Overnight oats is my absolute favorite breakfast food. And I am constantly looking for new delicious way to prepare them, and this will definitely go into my oatmeal recipe folder. 🙂

    • I love PB, so this version is my absolute fave! I do hope that enjoy these, Anita! 🙂

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