These ooey gooey peanut butter and jelly overnight oats are outrageously delicious, wholesome and can be prepared in just five minutes. This unbeatable and comforting flavor combo is the perfect way to start your day.
Easy Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are a no-cook way of enjoying oatmeal for breakfast and one meal you’ll always feel great about eating.
High in protein and fiber, which will keep you feeling good and most importantly, full throughout the morning, overnight oats are also a great option to take on the go, especially when made in a sealed jar or container.
The consistency of overnights oats is more like porridge – thick, dense and creamy. It’s one of the most convenient breakfasts items to have around, especially if cooking in the morning is not your thing.
Best part, the prep time for these delicious oats is all of five minutes the night before. I’d say that’s worth it, particularly this comforting peanut butter and jelly combination!
What’s the Difference Between Overnight Oats and Oatmeal?
The most obvious, other than oatmeal is cooked and overnight oats are not, is that overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold, right out of the refrigerator. That overnight soak creates the perfect toothsome texture, that’s ultra-creamy and ready to receive all your favorite toppings when morning rolls around.
Don’t let the words “overnight soak” scare you off. It’s an incredibly simple process that allows breakfast to make itself while you snooze. You can easily scale up the recipe and make enough to last the week (the oats last about four days the refrigerator).
Are Overnight Oats Healthy?
Yes they are!
- One serving of these overnight oats has 13 grams of fiber which is almost half of your daily value.
- Just one serving has 2100 mg of omega-3 which is almost twice your daily needs.
- Each serving is an excellent source of calcium (55%), copper (33%), manganese (145%), iron (26%), magnesium (31%), potassium (23%), zinc (28%), vitamin E (58%), vitamin K (30%), vitamin B1 (24%), and vitamin B2 (36%).
- Each serving is a good source of vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and vitamin D.
All Your Overnight Oats Questions Considered
Remember, overnight oats are great for busy mornings. They are super easy to make, take minimal time, and are super portable. Plus, kids love them!
What Type of Peanut Butter Should I Use?
I prefer unsweetened peanut butter because the recipe contains maple syrup and jam and doesn’t need additional sugar. When looking for peanut butter, look for simple ingredient lists containing only peanuts and salt.
What Type of Jam Should I Use?
Personally, I like using chia seed jam in this recipe. If you have a favorite jam, use it! Otherwise, look for a jam that is free of high fructose corn syrup and has fruit as the first ingredient.
What is the difference between Jelly and Jam?
Jam is made with crushed cooked fruit. There are usually large chunks of fruit in jam and it tends to have a higher total fruit content. Jelly, is made from strained fruit, fruit concentrate, or fruit juice. There are no fruit chunks in jelly. Jam makes a better addition to these oats because it contains more fruit, generally less sugar, and more flavor!
Can I use sweetened peanut butter powder?
Yes, sweetened powder peanut butter is easier to find in most stores. You can use it in this recipe, but consider using less maple syrup.
What can I use instead of peanut butter powder?
Peanut butter-flavored protein powder is a great alternative, but it is usually sweetened, so you may need less maple syrup. Another alternative is just using 1-2 tbsp. of regular peanut butter.
How can I make my oats thicker?
Adding 1 tbsp. of chia seeds or reducing the soaking liquid by ¼ cup will create a thicker oat base for your PB&J overnight oats if that is what you prefer.
Can I use a different type of oats?
It is not recommended to use steel-cut oats or quick oats. Overnight oats will work best, absorb the most moisture and result in the best texture when using old-fashioned rolled oats.
Can I add the peanut butter and jam beforehand?
If you have an extremely busy morning and don’t want to prepare your peanut butter and jelly overnight oats in the morning, you can absolutely prepare it ahead of time. It just won’t look as pretty but will still be delicious! Simply add peanut butter and jam to the bottom of a jar or sealable container, add the other ingredients as you would in the instructions above, give it a good shake, and store in the fridge overnight. Grab it in the morning and just stir the oats before enjoying.
Is this recipe gluten-free?
If you’re using gluten-free oats, then this recipe will be compliant with a gluten-free diet. If you have celiac or a severe intolerance, be sure to check other ingredients to ensure they are certified gluten-free.
Can I substitute another milk or milk alternative?
Most milk or milk alternatives will work in this recipe. Avoid canned coconut milk as the fat in the coconut milk would solidify in the refrigerator. Dairy milk and all other milk alternatives work fine. Be sure to select an unsweetened milk to avoid an overly sweet finished product.
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PB and J Overnight Oats
- 1/2 cup (50 g) old-fashioned rolled oats - gluten free if needed
- 1 cup (237 ml) unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp (12 g) unsweetened powdered peanut butter
- 1 tbsp (13 g) ground flax seed
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup (or liquid stevia to taste)
- 1-2 tbsp peanut butter, unsweetened
- 1-2 tbsp raspberry jam or your favorite flavor
- optional toppings: fresh berries and crushed peanuts
- Combine all ingredients (except peanut butter, jam and optional toppings) in a container that seals well. Stir with a spoon until the peanut butter powder and ground flax is completely combined and smooth. Seal the container and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Place the sealed container in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight.
- To serve, give the oat mixture a good shaking or stir, then into a jar or small bowl, add half of the oats. Layer with jam, peanut butter and remaining oats. Top with additional peanut butter and jam, crushed peanuts and fresh berries if you choose. Enjoy immediately.
- Consume within 2 days of preparing for the best quality.
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