This almond butter overnight oats recipe makes for a protein-packed make-ahead breakfast. Made with pantry staples, this overnight oats with almond butter recipe is flavorful, easy to make, and full of wholesome ingredients.
Creamy, thick, and an absolute dream, this almond butter overnight oats recipe is my favorite grab-and-go breakfast meal on busy mornings. I love the delicious nutty flavor of almond butter, and I could literally eat this all day.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s the perfect recipe for busy mornings! You mix everything together in a few seconds the night before and then you’ve got breakfast ready to go when you get out of bed!
- It uses kitchen staples, so the overnight oats recipe doesn’t require me having to run out to the store. A simple breakfast is always a win.
- It’s easy to customize. Add whatever toppings your heart desires!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- rolled oats — make sure you are using old-fashioned rolled oats. Instant oats and quick oats do not hold up as well, so I do not prefer the texture.
- milk — you can use any milk of your choice, from dairy to non-dairy milk. If you don’t have milk, you can make it with water, like my overnight oats with water recipe. I like using almond milk to go with the almond butter.
- almond butter — you can use store-bought or homemade almond butter. I prefer runnier almond butter, so it’s easier to mix in with the rest of the ingredients. Almond butter is rich in vitamin E and contains omega-3 fatty acids, making for a healthy way to kick-start your mornings.
- yogurt — to help with the creaminess of the overnight oats, the yogurt gives the overnight oats a creamy texture. I like vanilla yogurt, but you can use any, even almond yogurt! If you don’t have yogurt, you can use applesauce or mashed bananas. You can use regular, Greek, or plant-based yogurt.
- chia seeds — there is no difference in nutritional content between black or white chia seeds. Feel free to use either. They are an excellent source of plant-based protein. When they absorb the milk, it helps thicken the overnight oats.
- maple syrup — you can also use honey if you prefer. Make sure you are using real maple syrup and not pancake syrup.
- vanilla extract — I always recommend using real vanilla extract and not artificial extract. Don’t have any? Skip it! No biggie.
- salt — just a pinch to help enhance the flavors in the overnight oats.
How to Make Almond Butter Overnight Oats
- To a bowl, add the rolled oats and yogurt.
- Add the chia seeds, almond butter, maple syrup, salt, and milk.
- Mix well to combine. Cover and put the mixture into the fridge for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.
- When ready to enjoy, add a tablespoon or two of almond butter to the bottom of your jar/glass (or smear it on parts of the jar), add the overnight oats on top, and top with some chopped fruit or berries.
Recipe Tips and Notes
- If you have some lemon zest, it makes for a great addition to the almond overnight oats! If not, no biggie, this recipe is delicious without any.
- For an on-to-go meal, mason jars are great. 16-ounce wide-mouth mason jars are great if you plan on adding toppings, so you don’t spill anything. I also LOVE a good weck jar. They’re so pretty.
- You can use Greek yogurt to make the overnight oats even more creamy and add more protein.
- Jam: I love the added sweetness of stirring some jam into the overnight oats. Jam also pairs delightfully with nut butter.
- Fruit: what’s not to love about some fruit? Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, mango, kiwi, and bananas make for a great topping.
- Granola, nuts, or seeds: granola, chopped nuts (like pecans or walnuts), or seeds (like sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds) add a great crunch to your overnight oats. Try my homemade lemon poppyseed granola!
Make Ahead Tips
- Meal prep: store the overnight oats without any toppings in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.
- Freezer: to freeze overnight oats, portion out the oats in small containers, then freeze! Thaw the overnight oats in the fridge for 6-8 hours/overnight before you’d like to eat them. You can store overnight oats in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Overnight oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal! It’s made by soaking rolled oats in some liquid overnight, making them soft and digestible.
If you’re not a fan of a cold breakfast, no biggie! You can microwave the overnight oats until warmed through before enjoying them for breakfast.
I would consider this overnight oats recipe to be healthy as oats are rich in fiber, protein, and antioxidants. They also contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals! Chia seeds are great as well as one-ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 9 grams of fat (5 of which are omega-3s). Almond butter is rich in healthy fats, protein, and fiber! Everything combined makes for a healthy breakfast!
While you can use steel-cut oats, keep in mind that steel-cut oats will need to be soaked longer, and the texture will be dense and chewy in comparison. This frozen fruit overnight oats recipe, in particular, uses rolled oats, so I recommend following the recipe if this is your first time making overnight oats.
Want another overnight oats recipe? Try my overnight oats with frozen fruit!
Almond Butter Overnight Oats
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined.
- Cover with a lid or plastic and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
- When ready to enjoy, add a tablespoon or two of almond butter to the bottom of your jar/glass (or smear it on parts of the jar), add the overnight oats on top, top with some chopped fruit or berries.
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More Breakfast Recipes to Try
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- Matcha Chia Pudding
- Peaches and Cream Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Warm Chia Pudding
- Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- Strawberry Chia Pudding
- Pumpkin Chia Pudding