Creamy, natural peanut butter, and crisp, juicy apples are the perfect natural sweetener for overnight steel cut oats.
Truth be told: I love a fresh apple, but a fresh apple mixed with creamy natural peanut butter? Yes, please. I frequently pair these two together in quick and easy breakfasts, like my Apple Peanut Butter Overnight Oats. High in protein and fiber, this easy to make, pre-made breakfast will keep you full and satisfied all morning long, and give you the energy you need to tackle whatever the day throws at you.
- Oats: I use steel cut oats personally, but you could also use old fashioned oats. Don’t use quick oats, as those will get too soggy.
- Milk: The milk softens and “cooks” the oats overnight, I personally use low-fat milk.
- Yogurt: Plain yogurt adds probiotics, but you can use Greek yogurt to up the protein content. While I use plain, you could use fruit flavored yogurts to up the fruit flavor, but it will also increase the sugar content.
- Cinnamon: Warm, sweet, and pungent flavor that pairs well with the apples and oats.
- Peanut butter: Creamy, peanuty, and delicious, I like to use natural peanut butter as it is lower in added sugars, and high in protein. But use whatever peanut butter you have and like at home!
- Banana: Naturally sweet and creamy, bananas are also a great source of potassium along with other vitamins and minerals.
- Apple: I used gala apples, as they have a crisp, sweet flavor and are affordable and accessible.
How to Make Apple Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Start your apple peanut butter overnight oats with an empty mason jar or a peanut butter jar that is mostly empty, and add your oats.
Then pour in your milk.
And add your plain yogurt.
Then sprinkle in your cinnamon.
And finish with your peanut butter.
Give everything a good stir, or just give the jar a nice shake once sealed. Then place in the fridge overnight.
The next morning, top with the banana and apple and enjoy your Apple Peanut Butter Overnight Oats!
- Make it dairy free. Use almond or oat milk instead of cow milk, and swap the yogurt out for a dairy free alternative to make overnight oats dairy free, and also to make it vegan!
- Use different fruits. All sorts of berries would also taste great with these peanut butter oats instead of apples or bananas.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is having overnight oats good for weight loss?
Because of their high fiber content, oats of any kind are good for weight loss because they take longer to digest and help you feel fuller, longer.
Do you put fruit in before or after overnight oats?
If you want to keep the fruit crunchier, wait until right before you eat the oats. But you can add fruit either the night before or after, either is fine.
Do overnight oats last more than one day?
Kept in an airtight container, you can keep overnight oats in the fridge for up to 5 days.
More Easy Breakfasts
- Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal with Chia
- Apple Banana Nut Oatmeal
- Chocolate Strawberry Protein Smoothie
- Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes
- Cheese and Veggie Baked Egg Cups
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If you love the idea of making breakfast the evening before, but don’t love the idea of cold oats, simply pop the jar in the microwave and a warm breakfast will be ready in 30 seconds.
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Apple Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- ¼ cup steel cut oats
- ½ cup milk (any kind)
- ⅓ cup plain yogurt (low fat)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter (natural or whatever is left in jar)
- ¼ banana (sliced)
- ½ apple (cored and diced)
- In an almost-empty peanut butter jar or another resealable glass jar, combine all ingredients except banana and apples.
- Seal jar and refrigerate overnight.
- Top with banana slices and diced apple in the morning.