These peanut butter and jelly overnight oats are practically hands off, loaded with flavor, and irresistible to everyone in the vicinity. This is the definition of the perfect on-the-go breakfast!
- Oats: These little cereal grains are filling and delicious. But aside from their obvious delicious attributes, they also pack a wallop of health benefits that are insanely impressive. From lowering cholesterol to enhancing cardiac health – well – let’s just say there’s a reason why they’re such a popular breakfast dish.
- Milk: If using dairy milk, make sure to use a teaspoon of vanilla for a hint of sweetness. However, there is plenty of room for experimentation with nondairy products! Try vanilla soy, almond, or even full-fat coconut milks for an extra boost of irresistible flavor!
- Chia Seeds: Not only are these itty bitty little seeds loaded with fiber, protein, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc, they also have a bundle of omega-3 fatty acids which have shown to have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. Bonus! They also are a natural thickener because they absorb so much liquid compared to their initial diminutive size. So, it pays to keep a jar of chia seeds in your pantry!
- Maple Syrup: Not only is natural maple syrup incredibly delicious, it also has some health properties like providing magnesium, zinc, manganese, calcium, potassium, and iron.
How to make peanut butter and jelly overnight oats
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, maple syrup, milk and salt until combined.
- Let the oats rest 10 minutes, then whisk again (this will help break up any chia seed clumps).
- Place a lid on the bowl and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Layer the chia seed pudding with more peanut butter, strawberry jam, fresh strawberries and almonds, if you wish!
Make the overnight oats up to 5 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Add the fresh strawberries and almonds just before serving.
Recipe Substitutions & Alternatives
- Fruit Preserves: When it comes to a good old fashioned PB&J, feel free to play around with different flavor profiles! I love strawberry, but I’ve never been known to turn down grape, raspberry, blackberry, apple, or even a little black currant jelly! They’re all mouthwateringly delicious!
- Mix and Match Your Fruits: I love having the double effect of strawberry preserves, and fresh strawberries in this oatmeal. But, you could toss in fresh blueberries, raspberries, or even some sliced banana to throw your tastebuds a delicious curveball!
- Nuts: You could add peanuts, walnuts, or even pistachios to this oatmeal for different flavors and textures.
- To make gluten free: Use certified gluten free oats. Oats are naturally gluten free but are often manufactured in the same plant as gluten-containing ingredients (such as wheat).
- To make dairy free: Use dairy free milk alternative.
- To make vegan: Use a plant-based milk alternative.
Other make-ahead breakfasts:
- Broccoli Cheese Egg Muffins
- Homemade Instant Oatmeal in a Cup
- Chorizo and Cauliflower Frittata
- Caramelized Banana and Peanut Butter Oatmeal
- Sourdough and Sausage Strata
Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats
Lightly sweetened peanut butter overnight oats layered with fresh strawberries, strawberry jam and more peanut butter.
- Prep Time: 5-10 mins
- Cook Time: 0 mins
- Total Time: 5-10 mins
- Yield: Serves 4 1x
- Category: Breakfast, Snack
- Method: No-Cook
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ cup peanut butter + more for serving
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup + more for serving
- 1 ½ cups milk
- Pinch coarse salt
- ¼ cup strawberry fruit preserves
- ½ cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- ¼ cup slivered almonds (optional)
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together oats, peanut butter, chia seeds, pure maple syrup, milk and salt. Transfer to a bowl with a lid or into 4 medium jars with a lid and refrigerate overnight. Stir in fruit preserves, more peanut butter and more maple syrup, to taste, and top with fresh strawberries and slivered almonds (if using).
Cooking Tip: This is extra delicious if you use vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk. If using cow’s milk, add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
- Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
- Calories: 314
- Sugar: 21g
- Sodium: 122mg
- Fat: 15g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Unsaturated Fat: 13g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 35g
- Fiber: 6g
- Protein: 10g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: make ahead, do ahead, meal prep, vegan, healthy, without yogurt, easy