Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal


Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal is the perfect healthy snack. There are many combinations for an oatmeal cookie: vanilla and chocolate chips; peanut butter and chocolate chips; walnuts or pecans. However, my favorite is chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies. Chocolate and peanut butter are two great tastes that taste great together. So why not put them both in a food item? Oh, wait, no one’s ever thought of that before…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free + Vegan)

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it’s sweetened with just a ripe banana! You’ll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.

It’s clear to everyone who knows me I’m addicted to chocolate and peanut butter together. They’re perfect for each other, and anyone who has ever eaten a peanut butter cup can attest to that. It’s one of my favorite breakfast flavor combos because it feels so decadent! Another breakfast favorite over here is this drool-worthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl.

I tend to put the two together extremely often and have a ton of chocolate peanut butter recipes on my site. I’ve made tons of recipes combining these ingredients because it’s one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations. Can’t beat that peanut butter cup flavor 😀

Oatmeal has been one of my go-to breakfasts recently. I always make it sweetened with only a mashed, ripe banana and made with dairy-free milk, to keep it vegan but also super creamy. One of my favorite things about oatmeal is how filling it is, and how nutritious it is! Oats are full of antioxidants, nutrients, fiber, can help with blood sugar control, and because they’re so filling, they’re great for assisting weight loss.

I have so many good vegan oatmeal recipes (almond joy flavored! chocolate strawberry!) on my site, but this one takes the cake as a major favorite.

Let’s make Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal!

This chocolate peanut butter oatmeal came to be when, one day, while grabbing the almond butter I usually swirl on top, I spotted the cocoa powder. Perfect. My other hand reached for the peanut butter, and I knew we were going to good places.

I start by mashing the banana and mixing it with the oats, milk of choice, and cocoa powder in a small saucepan. A scoop of cocoa into the oats turned them perfectly chocolatey for less than 10 calories! The cocoa powder also adds a ton of antioxidants and nutrients to the oatmeal, which we’ll never say no to!

Bring the oats to a simmer and cook, stirring every so often to avoid burning, until the oats have absorbed all the liquid. They should be creamy smooth and taste rich and delicious.

Once your oats are ready, serving them up and add your toppings! I added a swirl of peanut butter on top for good measure. For kicks and giggles, I threw on a small handful of unsalted raw peanuts for some crunch. Then, I finished it off with a sprinkling of refined sugar-free chocolate chips. And tada…there we have it: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal!

This chocolate peanut butter oatmeal recipe comes together as easily as that, in just one pan in about 10 minutes! You can’t beat it.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal is…

  • Absolutely delicious
  • Creamy & sweet
  • Done in 10 minutes
  • Sweetened with just a banana
  • Super filling and nutritious

This is absolutely my new favorite breakfast! Since I first made it, I’ve made it at least four times a week for breakfast. It’s that good! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If you do, be sure to let me know what you think by leaving a comment down below.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

  •  prep time: 5 MINUTES
  •  cook time: 5 MINUTES
  •  total time: 5 MINUTES
  •  yield: 1 SERVING 1X
  •  category: BREAKFAST
  •  method: STOVETOP
  • diet: VEGAN



  • ⅓ cup rolled oatsgluten-free if needed
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted peanuts, chopped


  1. In a small saucepan, combine oats, banana, almond milk and cocoa powder. Simmer until milk has absorbed into the oats, stirring frequently to prevent burning, for about 4 to 6 minutes.
  2. Place into a small bowl, swirl in peanut butter, and top with chocolate chips and peanuts. Enjoy!


  • To keep the recipe refined sugar-free + vegan, make your own chocolate chunks.


Rethink your breakfast with this creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal drizzled with warm peanut butter and topped with banana slices.

Whole grains like oats are an important tool to help prevent heart disease, maintain a healthy weight, and stable blood sugar. The protein in the peanut butter and milk help keep you full making this breakfast a quick but super nutritious option.

Of course, smart nutrition only makes sense it if tastes delicious which is why I know you’re going to love this creamy, chocolatey bowl of oatmeal drizzled with melted peanut butter.

If you typically cook your oats with water and top it with raisins and brown sugar, you might want to re-think your morning routine. While tasty, you’re essentially starting your day with a bowl of carbs. (Hello vending machine at 10am!)

To give these oats more staying power, I cook them in protein-rich milk then top it with creamy peanut butter for a healthy dose of omega-3 rich fats. This powerful combination of protein, fiber, and fat is the key to long-lasting energy that will keep your blood sugar stable all morning long.


My oatmeal recipe is super quick and easily adaptable to whatever flavors and ingredients you’re craving.

First, you’ll need to whisk the milk and water together with the salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and cocoa, and bring it to a low boil.

Next, add your oats. You can easily adjust this recipe by serving size using the handy tool within the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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Last, microwave the peanut butter while the oatmeal is cooking and drizzle it on top before serving. Feel free to add fruit on top like bananas or strawberries.


Should I make oatmeal with milk or water?

You can make oatmeal with either, but I recommend milk because it adds extra protein, healthy fats, and calcium to keep you full.

What can I replace peanut butter with if I’m allergic?

Any kind of nut butter would do just fine like almond or cashew. There are also a lot of tree nut alternatives like seed butters such as sunflower butter, soy butter or pea butter.

Are oats healthy?

Yes. They’re gluten-free and whole grain. Oats are also a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants helpful for weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, and a reduced risk of heart disease.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Rethink your breakfast with this creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal drizzled with warm peanut butter and topped with banana slices.

PREP:2 mins

COOK:6 mins

TOTAL:8 mins

Ingredients 1/2x1x2x

  • ▢2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ▢2 cups milk (2% reduced fat)
  • ▢2 cups water
  • ▢3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ▢1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ▢1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ▢½ teaspoon salt
  • ▢¼ cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • ▢slices banana (for topping)


  • Whisk together milk, water, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a sauce pot over medium heat. When bubbles begin to form around the edges, add oats and stir.
  • Bring oats to a low boil then reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is absorbed and oats are chewy, 5-6 minutes.
  • While oatmeal is cooking, heat the peanut butter in the microwave until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  • Pour oatmeal into four bowls and drizzle each bowl with a tablespoon of melted peanut butter. Top with banana slices to serve.


Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 13.6gFat: 14.1gSaturated Fat: 4.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 430mgFiber: 7.4gSugar: 12.3g

How to Make Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Peanut butter chocolate overnight oats in a glass jar. There are peanuts garnishing the top, and a spoon dips into the jar.

recipe at-a-glance


A classic flavor combination comes together to make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats a decadent and rich treat for breakfast. Mix up these oats for meal prep to make breakfast super simple and satisfying!

Is there a more classic sweet combination than chocolate and peanut butter? I think not. And what’s better than getting the flavor of your favorite candy (hellllooo Reese’s cups!) in the form of a healthy, easy, and nourishing breakfast? Not much! Welcome to the magic that is overnight oats!

Making up a batch of these oats is a great way to feel like you are getting a decadent dessert without actually eating a decadent dessert. These chocolate peanut butter oats are one of my favorite overnight oats recipes because there is an awesome chemical reaction that happens with the cocoa powder and the yogurt that makes chocolate overnight oats super fluffy and doubly amazing

What are overnight oats?

Overnight oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal. Instead of cooking your oats with liquid on the stove or in the microwave, you mix rolled oats with the liquid and other mix-ins, and let it rest in the fridge for at least two hours, or preferably overnight (hence the name!). In the morning, you have a pudding-like porridge that is perfect for easy grab-and-go breakfasts. If you’re new to making overnight oatmeal and want a full primer

Eight different flavors of overnight oats, each in its own glass jar.

What makes overnight oatmeal so great?

There are a lot of benefits to mixing up a batch of overnight oats. Here is why they have been part of my breakfast scene for years:

  • They are the perfect make-ahead breakfast. Overnight oats take just a few minutes to mix up in the evening—we’re talking “you could make these during a commercial break during your favorite show” fast!
  • Overnight oatmeal tastes amazing. If you’ve never had cold oatmeal before, you might be off-put by the idea of eating oats this way, but trust me! This porridge is thick, hearty, creamy, and like eating pudding for breakfast! (But you can also heat up your overnight oats if you prefer, more on that in a sec.)
  • They are completely customizable. Want to make vegan overnight oats? What about gluten-free? What about mixing in your favorite fruit? All doable, because overnight oats are completely customizable. We’re covering Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats in this post (which is a great simple recipe to start with), but once you get the idea of overnight oats down, you can go wild making your own creations!
  • They can be a healthy and hearty way to start the day. Since you are in control of your overnight oats, you can make them into a super nourishing, nutrient-dense breakfast! Mix in collagen or protein powder. Add more super seeds (like chia, flax, and hemp). Reduce the added sweeteners or remove them completely. These oats can be your breakfast superfood!
  • Overnight oats are easy to make in bulk. They are a staple of many meal prep menus for good reason—you can mix up an entire week’s worth of breakfast in just a few minutes.

What do I need to make these chocolate peanut butter overnight oats?

For most overnight oatmeal recipes, you need the same base ingredients: milk, old-fashioned oats, Greek yogurt, chia seeds or ground flaxmeal, vanilla extract, salt, and some sort of sweetener (we tend to use honey or maple syrup). After that, it depends on the recipe! For this chocolate peanut butter flavor, you’ll need unsweetened cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter.

To make overnight oats, just stir together all the ingredients, spoon the oat mixture into a mason jar, and stash them in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, your breakfast will be ready to grab and go!


We often get asked if you can use steel-cut oats in place of the old-fashioned oats. You can if you’re okay with a chewier final texture! We recommend increasing the liquid by 1/4 cup.

Can you warm up overnight oats?

If cold oatmeal isn’t your thing (or it’s just too chilly outside to eat it), you can absolutely warm up these chocolate peanut butter oats. Just heat them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, stirring frequently, or in a small saucepan on the stove until heated to your liking.

Close up of peanut butter chocolate overnight oats in a glass jar. There are peanuts garnishing the top.Can you make substitutions to this recipe?

You can easily make these overnight oats vegan, gluten-free, or low- or no-sugar. You can swap out the milk for water, nix the chia or flax seeds, and choose different (or no) yogurt. We cover all the substitutions you can make in our in-depth overnight oats post. Here are some specific swap ideas for these chocolate peanut butter overnight oats:

  • Make it vegan or dairy-free: Use plant-based milk, plant-based yogurt, and maple syrup for sweetener.
  • Make it sugar-free: Drop the sweetener, make sure to use unsweetened peanut butter, and add 1/2 mashed ripe banana. Or use stevia or monk fruit sweetener in place of the maple syrup or honey, if you prefer.
  • Make it gluten-free: Make sure to use certified gluten-free oats.

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats Recipe


prep time: 2 MINUTES

cook time: 2 MINUTES

total time: 4 MINUTES

A classic flavor combination comes together to make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats a decadent and rich treat for breakfast. Mix up these oats for meal prep to make breakfast super simple and satisfying!


  • 2/3 cup unsweetened milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup (heaping) rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flaxmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 0–2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup


  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Spoon into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Close and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight, before eating.

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