Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

This summer I fell head over heels for overnight oats and I’m in the midst of making just about every flavor I can image. It was only a matter of time before I made peanut butter and jelly overnight oats!

image of peanut butter and jelly overnight oats made in cute mason jars

PB&J sandwiches have always been a comfort food of mine, so the idea of eating a PB&J inspired breakfast was right up my alley!

The best part is that these PB&J overnight oats are gluten free, can easily be made vegan and are packed with protein. They truly are such an easy and wonderful way to start your day.

Getting the Ratios Just Right in These Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

Oatmeal can be a divisive topic. Most people prefer their oatmeal one of two ways. Either thick like paste, or thinner and a bit wetter. I’m going to be honest with you, I like my oatmeal a bit “wetter.”

However, that’s not how this recipe is formulated. I created this recipe to make a thicker oatmeal once it comes out of the fridge. This way everyone is happy in the end!

People who like a thicker oatmeal can eat it straight out of the fridge and anyone who wants it a bit thinner can add a splash of milk or water.

image of water being poured into a mason jar filled with ingredients to make PB&J overnight oats

The proper ratio of liquid to oats varies based on a lot of factors. For instance, I love adding chia seeds to my oats because they’re a great source of fiber, omega-3s and protein. But they absorb a ton of water!

Usually I stick to a 1:1 ratio of oats to water or milk, but I use 2/3 of a cup of water in this recipe because of the chia seeds.

How Far in Advance Do You Need To Make Overnight Oats?

Despite their name, overnight oats don’t actually have to sit in the fridge overnight.

However, they do need a bit of time to soak up the water or milk and soften. If I forget to make my overnight oats ahead of time, I find they only need about 3 hours to soak before they’re ready to go.

They’re definitely a bit thinner when they soak for less time though.

Letting them sit overnight not only helps them fully soften, it also gives the flavors a chance to develop.

Long story short, an overnight soak is ideal but not necessary if you are short on time.

Can Overnight Oats Be Eaten Warm?

Not everyone can get behind the idea of eating uncooked, cold oats. And I get it, if you haven’t tried overnight oats before it does seem like an odd concept.

But trust me on this one, cold overnight oats are absolutely delicious and have an amazing texture. They’re also an incredibly refreshing breakfast on a warm day.

With that be said, you can eat overnight oats warm. They can be heated just like any other bowl of oatmeal. Pop them into the microwave and heat in 30 second intervals until they’re warm.

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Customizing These Overnight Oats

One of the best things about these PB&J overnight oats is that they are totally customizable to your dietary preferences!

In addition to the substitutions discussed above, you can easily make these overnight oats vegan or gluten-free. Below are some specific swaps in this recipe:

Vegan substitutions: Use plant-based milk and plant-based yogurt.

Gluten-free substitution: While oats are naturally gluten free, not all are processed in wheat free facilities. Be sure to check your package. Be sure to use gluten-free oats.

PB&J Overnight Oats – Substitutions & Swaps

While I love this recipe for PB&J overnight oats just the way it is, I know some of you might not have all of these ingredients on hand!

image of bowl with all the ingredients needed to make peanut butter and jelly overnight oats

Below are some swaps and substitutions that can be made in this recipe:

  • Rolled Oats (GF) – This recipe turns out best with rolled or old-fashioned oats. You can use quick oats if that’s all you have, but you should reduce the amount of water or milk to 1/2 a cup.
  • Chia Seeds – If you don’t have chia seeds, you can omit them from this recipe. They absorb a lot of liquid though, so you will need to reduce the amount of water or milk to 1/2 cup to get the right consistency.
  • Jam or Jelly – You can use your favorite jam or jelly in this recipe! I love using my strawberry freezer jam, but raspberry, blackberry, grape, or even blueberry jam or jelly would taste great in these overnight oats!
  • Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt adds a wonderful creaminess to these oats along with a lot of protein. However, you can use any yogurt you like or dairy free yogurt! You can also skip adding yogurt if you’re not a fan.
  • Peanut Butter – You can’t make PB&J Oats without some peanut butter! You can use creamy or chunky, and I find that natural peanut butter mixes in more easily.
  • Berries – The berries are optional, but they add a nice texture and pop of flavor to these PB&J overnight oats. You can use fresh or frozen berries! I love using frozen berries because they naturally color the oats and give them a beautiful look once mixed in.
  • Water – I prefer making these oats with water because the yogurt makes them plenty creamy, but you can also use milk or any dairy free milk.
image of a spoonful of certo strawberry freezer jam that is set and ready to be eaten

Tips for Making The Best PB&J Overnight Oats

  • Make your oats in a sealable container like a mason jar!
  • Be sure to use a large enough jar to give yourself room to stir.
  • Feel free to double this recipe or make multiple jars to last the entire week.
  • These PB&J overnight oats stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Use rolled or old-fashioned oats to give your oatmeal the best texture and consistency!
  • If you like your oatmeal a bit thinner, I suggest adding a splash of water or your favorite milk before eating.
  • Use frozen berries! They naturally color the oats and create a beautiful look once mixed in.
  • Try adding honey roasted peanut butter and chopped honey roasted peanuts to really amp up the flavor in these ONO.
  • Top your oats with chopped nuts, fresh berries and an extra spoonful of jam or PB to take them to the next level.
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

image of peanut butter and jelly overnight oats made in cute mason jars

These peanut butter and jelly overnight oats are the best breakfast! They come together in a few minutes and a great way to start the day.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned or rolled oats (50 grams)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds (6 grams grams)
  • 2 Tbsp your favorite jam or jelly (28 grams)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt (50 grams)
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter or nut butter (16 grams)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries (60 grams)
  • 2/3 cup water or milk of your choice (160 grams)

Optional Topping:

  • fresh berries
  • chopped nuts
  • additional peanut butter or nut butter

Instructions

  1. Add 1/2 cup rolled oats, 2 tsp chia seeds, 2 Tbsp jam, 1/4 cup greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 cup frozen berries and 2/3 cup of water or milk into a mason jar or bowl.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  3. When you're ready to eat the oats, remove from the fridge. Give the oats a good stir to mix the ingredients together. You’ll see that the oats absorbed a lot of the liquid, so you might want to add a little more water or milk of your choice before eating.
  4. If desired, top with additional fresh berries, chopped nuts and/or a spoonful of peanut butter and enjoy cold!
  5. These PB&J overnight oats keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Notes

How To Make the Best PB&J Overnight Oats:

  • Make your oats in a sealable container like a mason jar!
  • Feel free to double this recipe or make multiple jars to last the entire week.
  • These PB&J overnight oats stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • If you like your oatmeal a bit thinner, I suggest adding a splash of water or your favorite milk before eating.
  • Top your overnight oats with an fresh berries, a spoonful of peanut butter and/or a sprinkle of chopped nuts to take them to the next level.

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 487Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 29mgSodium 531mgCarbohydrates 73gFiber 10gSugar 52gProtein 30g

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