Perhaps overnight oats are a food trend that have had their heyday and are now fading like a Hollywood it-girl, but I am still all about them. I couldn’t NOT stand by any food that affords convenience without sacrificing health…and that’s pretty much the concept of overnight oats, summed up. Here at the tail end of the school year, where I struggle to muster up the oomph to make my kids’ school lunches before shuffling them out the door each morning, convenient breakfasts are the name of the game. (Plus, does anyone else feel like the month of May just rains down busyness? Graduations, Mother’s Day, end-of-school concerts and award nights, and my two of my kids’ birthdays make for a whirlwind several weeks.)
I knew today would be particularly busy–and special–because it’s my daughter’s 7th birthday. Making and frosting a carrot cake, cleaning my house, and planning a Shopkins birthday party coming up in 48 hours are the action items at the top of my agenda, not leaving a whole lot of time for anything fancy for breakfast (except for the birthday girl herself. Before I got up, she apparently had waffles with a veritable mountain whipped cream. Ah, to be seven again.)
After trying many a peanut butter overnight oat recipe in the past, I have gradually amalgamated a bit here, a bit there to create what I consider
THE ONLY PEANUT BUTTER OVERNIGHT OATS YOU’LL EVER NEED!!!
Okay, maybe these are just the only peanut butter overnight oats *I* need, but I do happen to think they’re the best. Since I don’t like my oatmeal too creamy, I find crunchy peanut butter a welcome addition, and the blend of brown sugar, peanut butter, cinnamon, and vanilla reminds me of a peanut butter oatmeal cookie. Plus, with no unusual ingredients, they’re a snap to pull together. Feel free to sprinkle or mix in additions like fresh strawberries or bananas, or mini chocolate chips.
On a day like today, with a thousand things on my plate, I’m glad these were in my cup.
The Only Peanut Butter Overnight Oats You'll Ever Need
- 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats (gluten free, if necessary)
- 1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. crunchy peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- In a glass or bowl, mix together all ingredients. Store in the refrigerator overnight (or about 8 hours) and serve cold.