Did you grow up eating a PB&J for lunch every day in school? You know. The one that mom made with the little bag that folded over (not the ziplocks…we couldn’t spend the extra money on the ziplock bags!) in our brown paper bag or lunch box? Do you have sweet memories of the taste or are you at the point of “if I never taste that again, I’ll be happy?”
I love PB&Js! They were always so filling and as I grew older and started to make my own freezer jam, it just tasted even better! So as we keep finding more creative ways to keep the morning routine fresh and not mundane, we tried out and LOVED these PB&J overnight oats! Forget the fact they are gorgeous to look at, they are so yummy to eat! I also love the fact that there is a bit of protein in the overnight oats. I’m not sure how everyone else is, but I need some protein in my breakfast to keep me going through to lunch.
If you have tried our other overnight oats recipes, you know that they are so easy to make and can help you get out the door in the morning with ease. Grab and go! I can’t say those three words enough! They are simply at the heart of overnight oats. You don’t need to re-heat them and the recipes are fantastically flexible! Start comparing the few we have posted and you will see that whether you use dairy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, or yogurt as your base, it is easy to adapt after that. The recipes are so flexible that you can simply use what you have. Another reason to love the PB&J version….we all usually have that staple in our house.
One taste of this lip-smacking good overnight oats, and you will feel like a kid again. PB&J is something most of us think of as comfort food. Let’s talk about the ingredients for a minute:
Old Fashioned Oats: The oats will fill you up and taste great too. The texture of the old fashioned oats is hard to beat, and I can’t wait for you to taste them.
Peanut Butter: You will use a bottom layer of peanut butter as well as a top layer. It pairs beautifully with the jam and will keep you making this breakfast over and over again.
Jam: There are no answers when it comes to the jam in these overnight oats. Anything that you love is perfect! Grape, strawberry, or peach are my favorites.
How to Make PB&J Overnight Oats
This is whipped up in about 10 minutes if you include clean up! This recipe makes enough for two large servings but if you want to cut it down into smaller servings, feel free. There is a lot of room to play with this recipe.
Combine the old fashioned oats (don’t use one minute or steel cut) with one cup of milk/substitute and stir. We use our homemade almond milk since we are loving that right now but feel free to use any milk that you like. Pour in ¼ of the oatmeal mixture into a container, add one tablespoon of peanut butter and one tablespoon of jam. Pour another ¼ of the oatmeal mixture and top with another teaspoon of peanut butter and a teaspoon of jam. I would love to have the full 2 tbs full of peanut butter but I need to cut calories when I can. Put the lid on top and place in the refrigerator. As I mentioned, this will make two large servings.
Can I Double the Recipe?
The recipe easily doubles and triples which makes it easy to prep for your family and save time in the mornings as you are heading out.
How Long Should I Store this in the Refrigerator?
It stores well in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Can I Substitute Something Else for the Milk?
As mentioned, use any dairy or nut milk that you have. I love using the homemade nut milk. It is easy to make, tastes delicious and saves money. If you are out of milk, use water in a pinch. If you have yogurt, add a couple of tablespoons up to about ⅓ of a cup.
Are PB&J Overnight Oats Eaten Cold?
Yes! Don’t need to heat them up. They are intended to be eaten chilled and are a fantastic breakfast on hot summer mornings.
Are Overnight Oats Healthy?
We see this question asked a lot. Overnight oats are generally healthy but it all goes back to what YOU put into them. Oats are a great source of fiber and the peanut butter in this recipe is an excellent source of protein to help keep you fuller longer. Anytime you can combine a protein with a little carb like this, it is a win/win! Substitute honey for the jam or use sugar-free jam if you are concerned with processed sugar. Since I use my own freezer jam and the all-natural peanut butter , I know 100% what is in my PB&J Overnight Oats. Nothing is processed or has hidden ingredients.
Are overnight oats KETO friendly?
No! Keto diets don’t like carbs so this is not a match!
PB&J Overnight Oats
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp jam
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp jam
- 4 strawberries
- Measure out 1 cup of old fashioned oat and add one cup of almond milk.
- Add 1 tsp of vanilla.
- Fill up container ¼ of the oats. Add in 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1 tablespoon jam.
- Layer remaining oats and 1 teaspoon of peanut butter and 1 teaspoon of jam. Top with 2 strawberries, chopped.