Meal prep has saved my sanity in the Summer months, especially during breakfast time.
After a workout, I’m not too interested in assembling an entire breakfast. So having a meal I can just pull out of the fridge keeps me from decision paralysis.
Oatmeal is a popular breakfast in my house, because it’s super filling and is a powerhouse of nutrition. And we’ll eat it any time of day.
This PB&J Overnight Oats recipe is perfect for those hot Summer mornings when you want the benefits of oats but want something cold. It’s got the flavors of a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, all in a portable Mason jar so you can grab and go on busy mornings.
Scroll to the bottom of this post to get to the recipe card, or keep reading for extra tips and tricks!
What are overnight oats?
This is one of my new favorite ways to eat oatmeal! Overnight oatmeal is different in that you don’t cook the oats ahead of time. Instead, you soak them in a liquid along with other ingredients, usually overnight in the fridge. And there are so many different flavors that you won’t get bored!
You can eat this cold, or heat it up. Either way is fine, but I prefer it cold, especially in the Summer. It’s the perfect make-ahead breakfast!
- Rolled oats- Quick oats might work too, but steel-cut oats are too firm for this recipe. Make sure you use certified gluten free oats if you have an allergy or sensitivity.
- Chia seeds– High in healthy Omega 3 fats and fiber!
- Maple syrup– A natural sweetener and adds a touch of flavor.
- Unsweetened almond milk– You can use another non-dairy milk, like coconut milk or oat milk.
- Peanut butter– I use natural creamy peanut butter, where the ingredients are just peanuts and salt.
- Jelly– Any kind works here!
Other delicious additions
This healthy breakfast recipe has pretty simple ingredients, but you can customize it however you like. Here are other things you can add:
- Fresh berries
- Sliced banana
- Chocolate chips
- Protein powder (Chocolate or vanilla would taste great!)
- Greek yogurt- This or protein powder would make for a high protein breakfast!
- Plant-based milk like soy milk or cashew milk
- Nut butters like cashew butter or almond butter
Base recipe for overnight oats
I like to change up ingredients for my overnight oats, but almost always use the same base recipe. That way I know I’ve got the right consistency and can still change the flavors.
Here’s my standard ingredients for overnight oats:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
The amount of milk in here will help the chia seeds expand. You don’t HAVE to make them this way, but I like having the healthy fats from chia seeds, which helps keep me full longer.
How to make
The next morning, add in 1 tablespoon of jelly to each jar and stir in. Top with your favorite fresh fruit if desired and enjoy!
How to store
You prepare these ingredients right in the storage container, so there’s no extra cleanup! Once these are in the fridge, use up within 5-7 days.
Oatmeal is a super nutritious breakfast, and prepping a big batch ahead of time means you won’t have to worry about what to eat in the mornings!
Print this easy recipe now:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons jelly
- In two glass Mason jars or food storage containers, divide all ingredients except jelly. Stir thoroughly, place lids on top, and place in the fridge overnight.
- The next morning, add in 1 tablespoon of jelly to each jar and stir in. Top with your favorite fruit if desired and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 10gSugar: 15gProtein: 12g
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.