Apple, peanut and honey overnight oats, because starting your day with peanut butter is always a good idea.
First of all, I should probably explain the name of this recipe. It should really be called ‘Apple, Peanut and Honey Overnight Oats’ – but I’m committed to sticking to a Valentine’s Day theme this week. Besides, maybe you (or that special someone) isn’t really into the whole chocolate-and-berry combination. Maybe you’re more into… peanuts?
Peanut (butter), honey and apple may not seem like a very ‘Valentine’s Day’ combination. However, I love peanuts and technically Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love rather than chocolate. But only technically.
Originally, I tried to shape the sticky peanut topping into a heart. But due to my extremely poor sculpture skills, the heart just wasn’t happening. That reminds me of art class at school – my pottery creations would always fall apart, crack or explode.
Before Valentine’s Day, I’ll definitely post something with chocolate. Trust me. For the moment, I’m all about peanuts – and yes, I realize peanuts (or peanut butter) and chocolate is the best combination in the whole world. If you’re looking for something with peanuts and chocolate, I’ve already got you covered – try Peanut Butter and Chocolate Overnight Oats, Snickers Salad Overnight Oats, or just add some chocolate chips to Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Overnight Oats.
(Huh, I just realized all of my peanut and chocolate combinations are in overnight oats – I’ll have to make some baked or stove-top oatmeal soon.)
Of course, the most important thing about a Valentine’s Day breakfast – or any breakfast, for that matter – is that it tastes good. And trust me, apples, honey and peanuts are a killer combination. Salty, sweet, crunchy – it’s all there and it’s all good.
The peanut butter in this recipe is technically optional – while peanut butter obviously adds a more peanuty taste, there are already a lot of chopped peanuts in this recipe so it’s not really necessary.
If you’d prefer to use powdered peanut butter (such as PB2), then that works too! Just mix two tablespoons of powdered peanut butter with one tablespoon of milk or water, and then stir your ‘peanut butter’ into the oats.
You know what? I think I’ll take back that statement about the peanut butter being optional. My peanut butter-loving heart will tell you that peanut butter is always necessary. Always.
This post was updated (with new pictures) in August 2015.
- For the overnight oats
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup yogurt
- ⅓ cup milk of choice
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 - 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 small red apple, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
- 2 teaspoons honey
- In a bowl or container, mix together the rolled oats, yogurt, milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Stir in the peanut butter and chopped apple.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap (or put the lid on the container) and leave in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, stir the oats well. If the oats are too thick, mix in some extra yogurt or milk.
- In a small dish, mix together the chopped peanuts and honey. Top the oats with the peanut mixture, and enjoy!
Technically, the peanut butter is optional. But it's highly recommended!
For best results, use a thick and creamy yogurt. I love using Greek-style vanilla or honey yogurt in this recipe.
If your yogurt is sour (or just not very sweet), you may wish to add an additional 1 - 2 teaspoons of honey into the oats mixture.