Chia Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are high in protein and can be made the day before—a perfect solution for those of us who are health-conscious and busy. And the best part is there is no cooking required!
About a year or so ago when I started my weight loss and health kick, I ditched dairy and meat (most of the time but not always) for plant-based alternatives. I was more than excited to try Plantiful® in this recipe for Chia Peanut Butter Overnight Oats as part of the Lifeway® Kefir blogger challenge. Plantiful® is a vegan-friendly probiotic drink. It contains all organic ingredients and is dairy, gluten, and soy-free. For a probiotic, it has a mild or fruity flavor. I use it in place of dairy, juice, or flavored waters.
Notes On Making Chia Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
To make chia peanut butter overnight oats, add one tablespoon of chia seeds to a small bowl or jar. Add oats, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or more (I love the cinnamon flavor to dominate the oats), and chopped dates. The dates add fiber to the dish. I also use them as a natural sweetener, but you can also use honey, sugar, maple syrup, or a sugar substitute in place of the dates. One or two is more than enough to sweeten the oats.
In a separate bowl, swirl the peanut butter in the Plantiful® once or twice. Leave globs of peanut butter throughout the liquid. It’s a delightful surprise to find the peanut butter in a spoonful of the oats.
Once the liquid is ready, pour over the oats. Make sure the oats are saturated with the Plantiful® and peanut butter mixture. The first time I made this recipe, I dolloped the peanut butter on top of the dry oats, then covered the oats with liquid. It’s difficult to mix in the peanut butter this way, but I did enjoy the peanut butter surprise I found in several spoonfuls of the oats. Cover the oats, and refrigerate overnight.
When you’re ready to eat the oats, add a layer of coconut, sliced almonds, and banana. Note: If the oats are thicker than you expected, add a bit more Plantiful® or coconut water and stir before adding the toppings.
Overnight Oats Recipe Varieties
The basic overnight oat recipe consists of soaking oats in liquid. This recipe is versatile and allows for a wide range of options. Try the following ingredients:
- Fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or pomegranate seeds
- Walnuts, peanuts, almonds, and pistachios
- Mango, strawberry, blueberry, cranberry, pomegranate Kefir or tropical fruit-flavored Plantiful®
- Almond or cashew butter
- Dried fruits
- Chia, pumpkin, flax seeds
- Sweeteners like yogurt chips, maple syrup, and raw sugar
You can purchase Lifeway ® Kefir products at Lucky’s Farmers Market, Walmart Supercenter, and Publix. Use these products in your favorite recipes instead of milk, yogurt, or juice.
Chia Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- 1/4 cup old fashion rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 or 2 dates, chopped
- 1 tbsp sweetener (optional)
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup Plantiful, plain or coconut flavored
- 1/4 banana, sliced
- 1 tbsp sliced almonds
- 1 tbsp shredded coconut
- Toss together oats, cinnamon, chia seeds, and dates and pour into bowl.
- In a small glass, swirl the peanut butter in the Plantiful once or twice leaving dollops of the peanut butter in the liquid.
- Pour the liquid over the oats. Make sure the oats are saturated with the liquid. If the mixture appears too dry, add more Plantiful or coconut water, a little at a time. Cover. Refrigerate overnight.
- Before serving, top oatmeal with a layer of coconut, bananas, and sliced almonds.
This post is sponsored by Lifeway®. Lifeway® provided several products for use in the blogger challenge. I received Plantiful® in both plain and tropical fruit flavors; unsweetened and plain Kefir; cultured lowfat milk and unsweetened Kefir; unsweetened, plain, and cultured whole milk organic Kefir; and, cultured lowfat strawberry flavored Kefir. I tried them all and decided to use Plantiful® in my recipe. Opinions here are my own.