5 min prep, super nutritious peanut butter overnight oats loaded with vitamins and minerals provides a healthy breakfast for baby (or toddler) and parent.
Overnight oats are my favorite breakfast. I eat them every morning. My son has also recently become an overnight oats fan since our Overnight Oats Chia Pudding have been pretty much the only thing he wants to eat in the morning.
I've tried to mix things up for breakfast recently and serve him pancakes (healthy toddler ones of course), but he cried his eyes out begging for overnight oats instead!
And since they are one of the more nutritious breakfast ideas for toddlers, who am I to say no? However I still like to mix things up so he doesn't eat the same thing every day. And what better way to do it than with peanut butter!
Nutrition And Ingredients
- I usually use whole milk as an ingredient because I mainly make them for my 22-month old son, but it is easily substituted with a lower fat version plant-based version
- High in protein, fat, calcium and calories so a great ingredient to use when needing to boost up the calorie and nutrition content of toddler meals
- Contains a good amount of essential minerals such as potassium and magnesium and are a great source of complex carbohydrates and fiber
- When buying peanut butter, make sure you only buy 100% peanut butter and not the varieties that have added palm oil (or any other for that matter) or salt
- If you are making your own peanut butter, also make sure that you make it from unsalted peanuts and don't add any oil
- Peanut butter like other nuts and nut butters is high in calories and fats. But it's the "good" kind of fats that can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases
- Use a ripe banana that is sweeter and easier to mash. If you don’t have a ripe one but do have a blender you can always mash it like that.
- Primarily made of carbohydrates so they keep your child full and give them lots of energy
- High in potassium
- Chia seeds are a great source of fats, calories and fiber
- Use whole flaxseed, not ground because they contain more fiber and will more easily absorb the liquid part of the oats
- Contain good amounts of fiber and manganese
From What Age Can a Baby Eat This?
Because we use whole milk, it is not advisable to make this for babies under 1. But you can substitute whole milk with the same amount of breastmilk or formula.
Can Adults Eat This?
Yes, and actually we advise that you make the same serving quantity as for babies/toddlers. This might sound strange but knowing that adults eat a lot more calories throughout the day, this amount of approximately 350 calories is sufficient for breakfast.
How To Make Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Prepare the milk mixture. Mash the banana. Put the milk, peanut butter, chia seeds and flaxseed in a mason jar or a bowl with a lid. Stir with a spoon until all ingredients have combined.
Add the rolled oats. Add the rolled oats. Stir to make sure that all the oats have been covered by the milk mixture.
Let them rest. Cover the jar/bowl and place in the refrigerator. Let it soak for at least 6 hours. I leave them overnight.
Serve. Take out from the refrigerator about half an hour before serving if you don't like them cold. Serve with fresh fruit or granola.
Tips And Tricks For The Perfect Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Add oats the last. To make sure that all the ingredients have really blended well together, it is advised that when preparing overnight oats you first mix all the other ingredients apart from the oats together and then add the oats.
Know your texture preference. Each of us is different and prefers different textures. And that's why overnight oats are so great because you can adapt them to your liking. This recipe provides the milk, seeds and oat amounts so that the final overnight oats are not to liquidy but also not firm. So if you like them more firm, just use a bit less milk or more oats and vice versa for a more liquidy texture.
Use a covered bowl/jar. I don't have mason jars at home so what I do is use a regular breakfast bowl and simply cover it with a smaller plate.
Possible Overnight Oats Variations
Make them dairy-free. Instead of whole cow’s milk, you can use always substitute with plant-based milk. I would recommend if serving to babies and toddlers to use calcium fortified plant-based milk just ensure that they are getting enough of that very important nutrient.
Use other nut butters. You don't have to use peanut butter for this recipe. Yes, it probably shouldn't be called "Peanut Butter Overnight Oats" then but does it really matter? Hazelnut, almond or cashew butters are all great choices here.
Other Breakfast Oats for Baby & Toddler
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- ½ cup whole milk 100 ml
- 1 oz rolled oats 30g
- ½ banana
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon flaxseed
- Mash the banana. Put the milk, peanut butter, chia seeds and flaxseed in a mason jar or a bowl with a lid.
- Stir with a spoon until all ingredients have combined.
- Add the rolled oats. Stir 2 - 3 times with a spoon making sure that all the oats have been covered by the milk mixture.
- Cover the jar/bowl and place in the refrigerator.
- Let it soak for at least 6 hours. I leave them overnight.
- Take out from the refrigerator about half an hour before serving if you don't like them cold.
- Serve with fresh fruit or granola.