Looking for an easy, healthy breakfast for the whole family? As a busy mom, I’m always on the lookout for simple eats that I can hack together in minutes, and this no-cook peanut butter overnight oats fit the bill perfectly!
Yup, you read that right – not only do these make-ahead oats require zero cooking time, they take all of 5 minutes to prepare!
While green smoothies are the breakfast of champions in my opinion, it’s not always easy for me to get in the mood for a cold smoothie breakfast in the dead of winter.
The great thing about these overnight oats is that you can eat them either hot or cold. Another bonus is that they double well as a healthy snack too!
What are Overnight Oats?
Overnight oats are simply oats soaked overnight in your fridge with the liquid of your choice(milk or yogurt) and other mix-ins. This gives the oats time to absorb the liquid and in the morning, you have a ready-to-eat soft oats porridge!
No more cooking your oats on the stove or in the microwave and waiting around for it to be ready during your hectic mornings!
Why Overnight Oats?
Oats are a concentrated source of fiber and nutrients. People that eat oatmeal for breakfast feel full longer, making them less likely to reach for that mid-morning snack, which aids in weight loss.
Other health benefits of oats include lowering your cholesterol and reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes.
While there are many brands of instant oatmeals that you can easily buy from your grocery aisles, some of them contain partially hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors and colors, or high amounts of sugar and salt.
Making your own overnight oats gives you control over which healthy ingredients to add and customize it to your taste buds, not to mention it’s also a fun activity you can do with your little ones!
The Best Way to Make Overnight Oats
You’ve probably noticed that overnight oats are usually made in mason jars. There are good reasons for this!
Ball Wide Mouth Pint Size Mason JarsWhen you put your overnight oats in an airtight mason jar, they taste fresher longer. You can store them in a mason jar for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
This means you can prep a weekdays worth of breakfast in just 5 minutes!
Pint-sized mason jars are the perfect size for a single serving of overnight oats, and still leave plenty of room for your favorite toppings such as fruits, dark chocolates, etc.
You’ll also want the mason jars with a wide mouth to make it easy to spoon out all content inside the jar.
Which oats to choose?
All oats originate from whole grain oat groats. The different forms of oats are based on how they were processed:
- Old-fashioned rolled oats – are oats steamed and rolled into a flat shape.
- Quick-cooking oats – are similar to the old-fashioned rolled oats but rolled even thinner to
- cook more quickly.
- Steel-cut oats – also referred to as Irish or Scottish oats, are whole oat kernels cut with a steel blade into several pieces.
Steel-cut oats digest more slowly than rolled ones (1). They also rank lower on the glycemic index than rolled oats because it takes longer for your digestive enzymes to reach the starch inside the thicker pieces.
The lower glycemic index means it is less likely to cause spikes in your blood sugar, which helps with weight loss.
These are the reasons I recommend using steel-cut oats if you are watching your weight. I personally prefer its more chewy texture too.
This Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe is powered with high protein ingredients and also spiced up for an extra boost in both flavors and fat-burning metabolism!
Let’s get started by gathering all the ingredients into a mason jar or a small mixing bowl:
Stir all ingredients together with a spoon. Spoon into a jar from the mixing bowl and push down all oats into the milk.
Tightly seal the jar and refrigerate overnight, or wait at least 5 hours before eating.
In the morning, simply top the oats with raspberries, strawberries or chopped nuts.
That’s it! Healthy eating CAN be delicious, easy and fun! This delectable peanut butter overnight oats recipe does not only boost your metabolism for weight loss but also helps to fight the cold – a winning combination all around for the whole family!
PEANUT BUTTER OVERNIGHT OATS
- ½ cup almond milk
- ½ cup steel-cut oats
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp raw honey
- 2 Tbsp yogurt
- ½ Tbsp chia seeds
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- Raspberries, strawberries or blueberries
- Chopped nuts
- Put all ingredients except toppings in a mason jar with lid.
- Stir to mix them with a spoon.
- Close the jar and refrigerate overnight, or wait at least 5 hours.
- Before serving, top with raspberries or strawberries and chopped nuts.
What’s your favorite overnight oats? Comment below!
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