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    Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

    I love overnight oats. It’s a quick meal that you can throw together the day before and have something delicious and hearty to wake up to in the morning with no work. This recipe uses peanut butter, which gives it an extra dose of protein to help keep you full until lunchtime. Feel free to use whatever kind of nut butter you like.

    Here’s what you’ll need: 

    • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (or other nut butter)
    • 1 ½ teaspoons honey (or sweetener of choice)
    • ⅛ teaspoon salt (optional)
    • ¼ teaspoon vanilla (also optional)
    • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
    • 3 Tablespoons quick oats
    • 3 Tablespoons old fashioned oats or other rolled cereal
    • ⅓ - ⅔ cups milk (any kind of milk will work) 

    You might have noticed there seems to be a theme to this recipe. Basically, it’s really flexible. I’m going to show you what I used, but feel free to adjust it to your liking. First up, put the peanut butter, cinnamon, salt, and honey into a container with a lid. As I said before, feel free to use any kind of nut butter you like. I used crunchy peanut butter to add a little bit of well… crunch. You can also use agave or stevia for the sweetener, if you prefer it. I just love peanut butter and honey together, though.

    Last goes the vanilla. I’ve said it’s optional, but I highly recommend it.

    Stir that all together. I always use natural peanut butter which is much runnier than conventional. If you’re using one that’s thicker, you might need to microwave it for a few seconds to make it easier to stir everything together.

    For the cereal, I like to use a combination of quick oats and this 5 grain rolled hot cereal. For me, it creates the perfect texture.

    Whatever kind of rolled cereal you choose to use, add a total of 6 Tablespoons of it.

    Stir until it’s nicely coated with the peanut butter mixture.  

    Next up is the milk. I’m lactose intolerant, so my favorites are either Organic Valley, lactose free skim milk, or rice milk. If you like one of the other countless milks, any of them will work just fine. As for the amount, if you like your cereal drier go with the lesser amount and if you like it wetter, go with more. I like mine on the wet side so I added a little over ½ cup. Whatever you choose, pour it over the cereal mixture.

    Stir that together.

    To give you a frame of reference, I had about ½ inch of milk over the top of the oats. Put the lid on and place the container in the fridge overnight.

    In the morning, it will still be in layers a bit. Don’t panic.

    Just give it a quick stir, and it will be fabulous! Seriously, you’ll be surprised how delicious something that simple can be. And if you don’t typically like hot cereal or oatmeal, you should give this a try. It’s a whole different experience.

    What’s your favorite weekday breakfast?

    Reader Comments (4)

    Where oh where has this been all my life???

    Thanks for this! I'm definitely making this.


    September 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Blake Dempsey

    Let me know what you think. I was blown away by how yummy it is!

    September 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTaneasha

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will surely make it!!

    January 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterVarun Sharma

    That looks delicious.

    March 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLewis Johnson

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