These Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are a healthy, breakfast twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly childhood flavor combination. Made with Peanut butter and strawberry jam, and hearty old-fashioned rolled oats, it’s such a delicious breakfast!
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Update September 2020
Healthy Peanut Butter Overnight Oatmeal Recipe
Missing those classic favorite childhood favorite PB & J sandwiches from when you were younger? These Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are a healthy breakfast twist with the same peanut butter and jelly combo we all grew up making.
My kids absolutely love the anything with PB & J and this no cook oatmeal recipe is perfect for those busy back-to-school mornings or when you don’t feel like turning on the oven when it’s too hot outside. We especially love making overnight oats during the hot summer months of July and August when we don’t want to heat up the kitchen.
They take less than 5 minutes of prep time and are super simple to customize! Other healthy breakfast recipes and oatmeal recipes we love are our Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats, Keto Overnight Oats, and Pumpkin Overnight Oats.
So what are overnight oats?
Overnight oats are just uncooked old fashioned oats that you soak with liquid overnight. They require less than 5 minutes of prep time and are super easy to customize and I love that you can make a batch on meal prep Sunday with your favorite flavors.
What oats to use in overnight oats?
Overnight oats are typically made with old-fashioned rolled oats and sometimes quick oats. Be sure to use certified gluten free oats as needed. Just be sure not to use instant oats as they will turn out mushy.
Head on over to our master blog post of Overnight Oats for more tips and differences between the type of oats and the healthy benefits.
Ingredients you need to make Peanut Butter and Jam Overnight Oats:
This healthy overnights oat recipe comes together quickly in under 5 minutes using simply pantry-friendly ingredients. All you need is:
- Oats: We like to use gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats and sometimes quick oats.
- Chia Seeds: Chia seeds give overnight oats that thick pudding-like texture and add extra fiber but feel free to leave them out if you aren’t a fan.
- Milk: Use your favorite dairy or dairy-free milk you like or have on hand. We usually like to use unsweetened almond milk for vegan overnight oats but coconut milk and cashew milk all work great for a vegan option.
- Yogurt – You can add a combination of plant-based milk and plant-based Greek yogurt to make your oats extra creamy .
- Fruit: Have fun with your toppings. Add fruit that won’t get mushy directly into the mason jar or toss them on directly on top of the oats when you’re ready to eat.
- Sweetener: Leave out or use any sweetener you like – honey, maple syrup, a ripe banana, dates or any low-carb liquid sweetener like stevia, monk fruit or erythritol will work.
- Nut or seed butter: Almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, pumpkin butter or sunflower seed butter add that savory-nutty flavor and a certain creaminess.
How to make Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with Jam:
- Start by combining rolled or old fashioned oats with your favorite milk and / or coconut or Greek yogurt in a 8 oz. mason jar, resealable container or a bowl. These 7 oz jars are the ones you actually see in the photos and are currently my favorite ones.
- Add peanut butter, jam, vanilla and sweetener if using. Alternatively, you can layer the peanut butter and jam separately in the middle like the photos.
- Seal up the container and park it in the fridge overnight.
- The next morning, you can heat the glass jar up in the microwave for a hot breakfast or enjoy your overnight oats cold straight from the fridge. You can add more milk and any fun toppings of your choice.
Flavor Variations for Easy Overnight Oats
- Add some chocolate chips or stir in some cocao powder for Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
- Top with some sliced bananas for Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- Top with some fresh strawberries for Strawberry Oatmeal
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These Peanut Butter Overnight Oats are a healthy, breakfast twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly childhood flavor combination. Made with Peanut butter and strawberry jan, and hearty old-fashioned rolled oats, it's such a delicious breakfast!
- 1/2 cup rolled oats gluten free as needed
- 2/3 - 3/4 cup almond milk or your favorite milk for a non-vegan version - you can add half milk and half Greek yogurt for creaminess as well
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon monk fruit sweetener OR coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons seedless strawberry or raspberry jam plus more for layering
- 2-3 tablespoons smooth or crunchy peanut butter plus more for layering
- 1 teaspoon freeze-dried strawberries for topping optional
- 1/4 teaspoon chopped peanuts for topping optional
- Add oats, milk, chia seeds,(and sweetener if desired) together in a mason jar, resealable container or a bowl. (If you like your oatmeal more creamier, you can add more milk and less if you like them on the chunkier side - you can also add an extra 2 tablespoons yogurt (dairy free if needed) to make them creamier).
- Add sweetener (if using), peanut butter, jam and vanilla to the mason jar. (Alternatively, you can also layer the peanut butter and jam separately like I did in the photos).
- Shake jar or mix and combine with a spoon. Seal and chill in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy cold or heat up in the microwave or stove-top.
- Serve with more milk as desired and top with another layer of peanut butter, jam, freeze-dried berries and chopped peanuts before serving, if desired.