PB & J Overnight Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a tried and true breakfast option, but sometimes we just don’t have time to heat up the stovetop and make them on the hob, so overnight oatmeal is a great alternative. The flavour combinations for overnight oatmeal are endless; you can truly add any mixture of fruits and spices to add flavour to your morning oats, but nothing quite goes together like peanut butter and jam, so this PB & J Overnight Oatmeal brings you the best of both worlds.
Overnight oatmeal is just as simple as it sounds; you merely need to combine the ingredients the night before, and the hard work is done overnight while you sleep! Similar to a cold cereal, overnight the oats soften in their liquid and turn into a porridge that you can eat cold or warm-up. There are many different types of oats, however for this particular recipe rolled oats or quick cooking oats work best.
There are many ways to flavour your overnight oat recipe, so finding the right combination of nuts, seeds, spices and sweeteners is endless. Ideally, when choosing ingredients it is important to ensure that you add a little source of protein and fat to your recipe to help ensure your breakfast is well macronutrient balanced, and you don’t end up hangry later on in the afternoon! In this recipe, the inclusion of chia seeds with the berries helps to make a natural Chia Seed Jam, while chia seeds are rich in fat, fibre and add a little protein. Spices like cinnamon and vanilla extract help add a little flavour without adding any extra sugar, and a dollop or peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice) adds extra protein and more healthy fat.
This PB & J Overnight Oatmeal recipe is the perfect grab-and-go breakfast for a warm summer day, especially because there is no cooking required.
PB & J Overnight Oatmeal
I used raspberries in my recipe but strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or a combination of berries would work very well.
Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
- 1/3 cup strawberries or raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt
- 3/4 cup milk or non-dairy milk of your choice
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter
- In a mason jar, combine berries and chia seeds. Use a fork to gently mash the berries and then stir in chia seeds, you want them to be well incorporated so the berries absorb the chia seeds to create a jam-like texture. (You can also make a full batch of Chia Seed Jam and use a spoonful of that instead.)
- In the separate bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sea salt and milk. When well mixed, add the oat mixture to the mason jar on top of the jam mixture. Do not stir the berries with the oats. (You can also do this directly in the mason jar, just avoid stirring in the berries.)
- Add a dollop of peanut butter or nut butter of your choice, cover and place in fridge overnight, or at least 6 hours. Don’t worry if the oats look liquidy; the oatmeal will absorb the milk overnight and the oats will ‘cook’ and soften.
- In the morning, remove the overnight oats from the fridge and enjoy!