You already know this dish is a healthy foodie’s BFF. One bowl is packed with belly shrinking ingredients, involves zero cooking, can be super versatile, and comes together in minutes. But let’s talk peanut butter for a second. The obsession is real and I, the writer, am the first to admit that I have it. As often as you’ll find me measuring out my food and tapping it back in spin class, I’m just as guilty of spooning my way through a peanut butter jar in a little over a week. And who could blame me? Addicting taste aside, it’s packed with heart-healthy fats, satiating protein, stress-fighting beta-sitosterol, and muscle-building magnesium. Needless to say, this dynamic duo is about to change your world. Scroll down below and let us show you.
P.S. Not all peanut butter is created equal. If you’re still grabbing the processed stuff, you’re pretty much asking for belly rolls. Check out The 36 Top Peanut Butters—Ranked and see if your jar needs an upgrade.
PEANUT BUTTER CUP OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 228 calories, 10.2 g fat (2.3 g saturated), 106 mg sodium, 25.3 g carbs, 4.2 g fiber, 3.9 g sugar, 9 g protein
Who isn’t completely smitten by a chocolatey, peanut buttery Reese’s cup? Unfortunately, the candy doesn’t exactly align with our New Year’s health and body goals. Unwrapping just three of the bite-sized cups will have you ingesting 330 calories and 31.5 grams of sugar—not to mention artery-clogging hydrogenated vegetable oil. But not to worry—you can still get your peanut butter cup fix and at breakfast no less! Talk about nixing those craving in the bud.
Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 307 calories, 8 g fat (1.1 g saturated), 151 mg sodium, 37 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 2.6 g sugar, 21.7 g protein
This PB&J recipe uses half PB2 (a powder made from removing oil from peanuts and then dehydrating what’s left) and half the real stuff, giving you all the peanutty flavor, a little savory texture and a fraction of the fat. In fact PB2 is up to 90 percent lower in fat! And that’s amazing news if you’re battling belly bulge. Although unprocessed peanut butter can do wonders for your waistline, one tablespoon can easily turn into three, completely counteracting all of its slimming benefits.
Get the recipe from Nutritional Reviews.
OVERNIGHT OATS WITH PEANUT BUTTER, CHOCOLATE CHIPS AND COCONUT
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 305 calories, 14.4 g fat (6.3 g saturated), 145 mg sodium, 34.4 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 12.3 g protein
When you eat coconut, which is sprinkled over these wholesome oats, the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) it contains are immediately transformed into fuel. That means your body is actually burning fat first (which it usually stores until glycogen stores are depleted). Hello, washboard stomach!
Get the recipe from Bev Cooks.
PEANUT BUTTER CHUNKY MONKEY OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 302 calories, 13.5 g fat (2.8 g saturated), 171 mg sodium, 34 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 7.2 g sugar, 12 g protein
Rarely will Chunky Monkey anything include chia seeds, but leave it to us to find a recipe that does because the super seed has a lot to boast about. From keeping you hydrated, promoting a healthy gut, boosting your energy, fighting inflammation, and helping moderate your weight to protecting your heart, the tiny pellets are beyond magical. In fact, according to one Pennsylvania State University research study, the specific type of omega-3s derived from plant-based sources like chia seeds and flax, called ALAs, can decrease the risk of heart disease just as well as a piece of salmon. Only you can sprinkle these guys over just about anything for just 129 calories, including your overnight oats.
Get the recipe from Running in a Skirt.
PEANUT BUTTER BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 370 calories, 13 g fat (3.2 g saturated), 116 mg sodium, 53 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 14 g protein
Peanut butter and banana is one of the best combos for us fitness freaks. Together the pair floods our body with slow digesting, heart healthy fats, cramp-fighting potassium, quick natural energy, and muscle-building protein. Consume these oats about two hours before your next sweat session and see for yourself.
Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.
PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 360 calories, 10 g fat (2.4 g saturated), 108 mg sodium, 54 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 23 g sugar, 18 g protein
Cookie dough anything is pretty freakin’ awful for your waistline—except this time. No artificial flavors or sweeteners, nine grams of fiber to keep you fuller longer, get rid of bloat and protect your gut and 18 grams of protein to help fuel lean muscle mass and boost your metabolism—it’s almost too good to be true. Almost. For more ways to burn more calories, check out these 55 Best-Ever Ways to Boost Your Metabolism!
Get the recipe from Food Faith Fitness.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 282 calories, 7.1 g fat (1.6 g saturated), 83 mg sodium, 50.2 g carbs, 9.2 g fiber, 11.2 g sugar, 9 g protein
You had us at peanut butter and fudge, but once we glimpsed over the ingredient list and spotted pumpkin, we were completely obsessed. Get a natural glow, burn fat, protect your eyes, flatten your stomach and fight stress with this seemingly forbidden recipe.
Get the recipe from Breakfast Drama Queen.
APPLE PEANUT BUTTER OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 260 calories, 9 g fat (1.6 g saturated), 156 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 12.9 g sugar, 18 g protein
Apples are one of those high fiber foods that not only keep hunger pangs away but also fight diabetes. And don’t even think about ditching their peel: They contain a compound called ursolic acid, that can increase muscle and brown fat, a good fat that helps your body scorch cals.
Get the recipe from A Whisk and Two Wands.
PEANUT BUTTER LATTE OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 302 calories, 11.4 g fat (2.6 g saturated), 107 mg sodium, 38.4 g carbs, 5.2 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 12.1 g protein (calculated without optional Reese Cups)
According to Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, and founder of Real Nutrition NYC, moderate amounts of coffee can boost your performance at the gym (especially for endurance sports). Fuel up with these latte overnight oats!
Get the recipe from Breakfast Drama Queen.
MAPLE BANANA PEANUT BUTTER PECAN OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 293 calories, 17.1 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 163 mg sodium, 31.2 g carbs, 6.2 g fiber, 10.5 g sugar, 7.4 g protein
You already know banana and peanut butter’s claim to fame but this recipe also calls for heart-healthy pecans. Not only are these hickory nuts full of essential fatty acids, but they also fight collagen damaging free radicals that contribute to cellulite. For smoother skin and smaller waistline, prep this!
Get the recipe from Radiant Rachels.
PEANUT BUTTER AND CINNAMON OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 240 calories, 17.4 g fat (3 g saturated), 113 mg sodium, 56 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 25 g sugar, 12.2 g protein
These PB oats are topped with two potent weight loss weapons: cinnamon and peaches. The spice not only makes everything tastier but also helps promote appetite control: research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adding a heaping teaspoon cinnamon to a starchy meal stabilizes blood sugar and prevents insulin spikes. And according to Texas A&M University researchers, peaches contain phenolic compounds that fight obesity, high cholesterol, inflammation, and diabetes. Fill up without filling out with this one.
Get the recipe from 8th and Lake.
PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 207 calories, 7.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 269 mg sodium, 28.6 g carbs, 3.6 g fiber, 2.8 g sugar, 6.1 g protein (calculated with unsweetened applesauce)
Um, cheesecake and peanut butter—even if this wasn’t just over 200 calories, it would be hard to decline. While many recipes use Greek yogurt to help create a creamy, moist texture, this recipe also recommends unsweetened applesauce. The choice is yours, but no one likes spooning into wet cement. For foolproof ways to prepare your oats, check out these 20 Ultimate Tips for How to Make Overnight Oats.
Get the recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
Bonus: 5 Other Nut Butter Overnight Oats Recipes
ALMOND, COCONUT AND VANILLA LATTE OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 243 calories, 8.3 g fat (1.3 g saturated), 154 mg sodium, 23.3 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 1.1 g sugar, 20.2 g protein (calculated with stevia)
If almond butter is more your style and you like to hit the gym, we’ve got good news: according to The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, almonds boast the amino acid L-arginine, which can actually help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts. And since this recipe already contains performance-enhancing coffee, this is like a pre-workout dream.
Get the recipe from With Salt and Wit.
CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SUN BUTTER OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 396 calories, 12.3 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 236 mg sodium, 50.6 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 10.6 g sugar, 22.2 g protein
Allergic to tree nuts? No problem, “sunflower seeds can provide even more fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E than traditional nut butters,” says Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN of Middleberg Nutrition. Plus, they’re a “wonderful source of protein, vitamin E, B vitamins, folic acid and selenium,” she explains. And with 9 grams of belly-slimming fiber and 22 grams of satiating protein, this is one breakfast that won’t lead you to the vending machine.
Get the recipe from Hungry Hobby.
ALMOND BUTTER STRAWBERRY BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 362 calories, 11.2 g fat (2 g saturated), 89 mg sodium, 54 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 15 g sugar, 16 g protein
Rolled oats, unsweetened almond milk, strawberries, banana, Greek yogurt, chia seeds and almond butter are combined to make an effortlessly balanced breakfast in just minutes. We love the sound of that. P.S. Strawberries are packed with immunity-boosting, stress-combating and waist-shrinking vitamin C.
Get the recipe from Ambitous Kitchen.
MACA ALMOND BUTTER COCOA OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 232 calories, 9.6 g fat (1 g saturated), 94 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 4.5 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 6.5 g protein
Never heard of maca? Let us blow your blind. The Peruvian superfood has a nutty flavor, pairing flawlessly with nut based recipes like this one. The powder is packed nutrients that increase energy, improve memory, boost stamina, improve complexion, promote infertility, fight cancer, balance hormones, and regulate mood. To reap all these benefits all you have to do is add a tablespoon or two to smoothies or oatmeal recipes like this one.
Get the recipe from Blissful Basil.
VANILLA MAPLE ALMOND BUTTER OVERNIGHT OATS
Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 247 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated), 115 mg sodium, 39 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 10 g protein
With five simple ingredients you probably have right now, you can create a delicious breakfast that’ll help “you power through your morning routine without missing a beat.” We’re talking oats, vanilla extract, milk, almond butter and pure maple syrup, which is packed with cancer and inflammation-fighting antioxidants. If winter had a flavor, it’d be this.
Get the recipe from Dishing Out Health.