Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats are the perfect make-ahead breakfast or snack, perfect for busy families. This version combines old fashioned oatmeal, chia seeds, and milk – with peanut butter and jelly. Top them with granola, sliced bananas, or eat them plain.
The nest is empty, and it figures that I’m making the perfect little portable breakfast that would have been great for the boys when they were home. It seemed like we were always hurrying to early morning sports on the weekends, and these peanut butter and jelly overnight oats have all the right stuff for an energy boost for kids and adults alike. Mike doesn’t complain when I’m testing overnight oats, however, because he loves eating them morning, noon, and night. No exaggeration there AT ALL.
The other nice thing is that you can stick a few jars in a cooler, and take them along to travel sports, dance and cheer competitions, and band activities. Oh, how I miss those days!
Ingredients needed for Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats:
Just five ingredients are used for these super easy overnight oats! FIVE!
- Old Fashioned Oatmeal – Use old fashioned oatmeal, not the quick oats.
- Chia Seeds -Small but mighty, these seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.
- Milk – Use whatever version you like best. I prefer using 1%.
- Peanut Butter – You could use creamy or crunchy, or even an almond butter, cashew butter, or dark chocolate almond butter!
- Jelly – I used cherry preserves for the pictures included, but any flavor you like is great.
These are quicker than my Apple Pie Overnight Oats, but we love those chunks of cooked apples too!
How to make Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats:
- Combine the base. In a mixing bowl, combine the oatmeal, chia seeds, and. milk. Stir well to combine. You can add the peanut butter and jelly here as well, or do the layers as you see below.
- Layer. Add some of the base to four 8 oz mason jars (or use three larger jars), add a peanut butter and then jelly layer, and then add more of the base. OR, you can just add everything in one bowl. Just not as pretty! 😀
- Let rest. Place the jars in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least two hours.
- EAT. Eat the oats as is, or top with granola, bananas, or other toppings of your choice.
These oats are pictured topped with our favorite Homemade Cranberry Nut Granola! Make a batch and store in your freezer for all of the things!
What are overnight oats?
Overnight Oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal. This involves soaking the raw oatmeal in milk for at least two hours, or overnight, instead of cooking the oatmeal on the stovetop (or in the microwave). During the soaking process, the oats absorb the liquid and soften, making them delicious to eat uncooked.
The next morning (or even after a couple of hours), you have a delicious, creamy serving of oatmeal. Overnight oats are a super easy and convenient breakfast or snack, that will turn non-oatmeal lovers into BIG fans.
Are overnight oats healthy?
Yes, overnight oats are healthy! The following are a few benefits to incorporating oats to your diet.
- Oats are rich in carbs and fiber, and also contain more protein and fat than most grains.
- They help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and increase feelings of fullness.
- Because oats promote a “full” feeling, they help in weight loss.
- Oatmeal can help reduce constipation, and helps with gut health.
Do you eat overnight oats cold or hot?
Overnight oats are meant to be eaten cold, but if you prefer them hot, then simply warm them up in the microwave. You can also pour them from the jar to a bowl, and add additional toppings.
How long do overnight oats last?
The longer the overnights sit, the more liquid they absorb. So if you wait a few days to eat them, they’ll be creamier and maybe even dense. You may want to add additional milk before eating. We usually eat ours within three days (or sooner!), but they would probably be ok up until day four.
Try these overnight oats next! Apple Pie Overnight Oats
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats
- 2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup peanut butter - crunchy or creamy
- 1/4 cup jelly - any kind
- additional peanut butter and jelly, granola, banana slices, other fruit - for serving, optional
- If NOT layering, combine the oatmeal, chia seeds, milk, peanut butter, and jelly in a mixing bowl. Stir well, and pour into four 8 oz. jars and attach the lid. Store oats in the refrigerator overnight, or at least two hours.
- If Layering, combine the base - oatmeal, chia seeds, and milk, and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to thicken. Take four jars, and pour some of the base into each one, about 1/2 full. Layer an even amount of the peanut butter and jelly on top of the base, and then add the remaining base. (Note: for picture purposes, I added an additional amount of both peanut butter and jelly, for presentation.) Store the jars in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least another hour.
- To serve, eat plain as is, or add optional toppings of sliced bananas, other fruit, or granola.
- These oats are pictured topped with our favorite Homemade Cranberry Nut Granola! Make a batch and store in your freezer for all of the things!