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Macro Friendly PB&J Overnight Oats – A Delicious Twist on a Beloved Classic

published: August 21, 2023

updated: October 25, 2023

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When it comes to breakfast, nothing beats the nostalgic goodness of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But what if we could capture that magic in a more wholesome, nourishing form? That's where PB&J Overnight Oats come in! By combining the comforting flavors of creamy peanut butter and sweet, tangy jam with the creamy goodness of oats, we can create a breakfast that not only tastes amazing but also keeps you fueled and focused throughout the morning.

One of the best things about overnight oats is their simplicity. By prepping them the night before, you wake up to a ready-to-eat breakfast that requires no cooking time. Plus, overnight oats are incredibly versatile, allowing you to customize them to suit your taste preferences.

In this recipe, we'll use rolled oats as the base, providing a hearty dose of fiber and essential nutrients. Adding chia seeds boosts the omega-3 fatty acid content and provides a delightful texture. And let's not forget the star of the show: peanut butter! Rich in healthy fats and protein, peanut butter adds a creamy indulgence to these oats.

With a few simple ingredients and a bit of prep the night before, you can wake up to a hearty, flavorful breakfast that will keep you energized throughout the morning. Let's dive in and discover the magic of PB&J Overnight Oats!


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3 Reasons Why You Will Love This Recipe

  1. Nostalgic and Delicious: If you have fond memories of indulging in a classic PB&J sandwich, this recipe will bring back those flavors in a whole new way. The combination of creamy peanut butter and sweet jam blended with the creamy texture of overnight oats creates a breakfast that is both satisfying and reminiscent of childhood. It's a comforting and delicious twist on a beloved classic.
  2. Convenient and Time-Saving: Mornings can be hectic, and finding time to prepare a nutritious breakfast can be a challenge. With PB&J Overnight Oats, you can do the majority of the preparation the night before. This recipe eliminates the need for cooking, making it perfect for those busy mornings when you're short on time but still want a wholesome meal.
  3. Nutritious and Energizing: Starting your day with a balanced and nutritious breakfast sets the tone for the rest of your day. PB&J Overnight Oats are packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats, making them a well-rounded meal option. Rolled oats provide sustained energy, while peanut butter adds protein and healthy fats to keep you satiated. The addition of fruit jam adds a touch of sweetness and a dose of antioxidants. This recipe will not only satisfy your taste buds but also give you the fuel you need to tackle the day ahead.

You may also love our Strawberries and Cream overnight oats recipe!

Ingredients

  • Rolled oats: Rolled oats are whole grain oats that have been steamed and flattened. They provide a hearty texture and are rich in fiber, which helps you stay full throughout the morning.
  • Chia seeds: Chia seeds absorb liquid and create a gel-like consistency, adding a nice texture to the oats.
  • Peanut butter: Choose your favorite creamy or chunky peanut butter to add that classic nutty flavor to the oats. I used natural peanut butter with no added sugar!
  • Fruit jam, jelly, or preserves: Pick your preferred fruit jam or preserves to add a sweet and tangy element to the oats. I used Kroger sugar free preserves.
  • Milk: Milk adds creaminess and helps soften the oats. You can use your favorite type of milk, whether it's dairy milk, almond milk, soy milk, or any other plant-based alternative.
  • Sweetener: If you prefer your oats to be a bit sweeter, you can add a sweetener like maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup. I used sugar free maple syrup. Adjust the amount based on your taste preferences.

Kitchen Tools Required

  • Spoon or Spatula
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Mason Jars or Airtight Containers
  • Refrigerator

How to Make PB&J Overnight Oats

  1. In an individual serving-sized mason jar or airtight container, add 1 cup of rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 cup of milk, and 1 tablespoon of sweetener (if desired) directly into the jar or container.
  2. Stir your ingredients together until combined. 
  3. Place the sealed jar or container in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 4-6 hours to allow the oats to soften and the flavors to meld together.
  4. In the morning, add the jelly and give the oats a good stir before enjoying them cold or at room temperature. If desired, you can add additional toppings such as sliced fresh fruit, a sprinkle of nuts, or a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!

Swaps or Alternatives

Here are some alternative ingredients or swaps you can make based on dietary needs and preferences for the PB&J Overnight Oats recipe:

  • Gluten-free: If you need a gluten-free option, make sure to use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
  • Peanut Butter: For those with peanut allergies or preferences, you can substitute almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter. Choose a creamy or crunchy version based on your preference.
  • Fruit Jam: Feel free to use your favorite flavor of fruit jam or preserves. Opt for low-sugar or no-sugar-added options if you prefer to reduce the overall sugar content.
  • Milk: Use your preferred type of milk based on dietary needs or preferences. Dairy milk, almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or any other plant-based milk will work well.
  • Toppings: Get creative with your toppings based on your preferences and dietary needs. Add fresh fruit like sliced bananas, berries, or diced apples. For added crunch, sprinkle some chopped nuts or seeds like almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, or flaxseeds.

Quick Tip(s)

Here are some quick tips to help you make the PB&J Overnight Oats recipe:

  • Experiment with different nut butters for variety: Try using almond butter, cashew butter, or even hazelnut butter for a different twist on the classic PB&J flavor.
  • Prep multiple servings: Make a batch of PB&J Overnight Oats and store them in individual jars or containers in the fridge. This way, you'll have breakfast ready to go for several mornings.
  • Customize your toppings: While the oats are delicious on their own, feel free to get creative with additional toppings. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, or a handful of granola for extra texture and flavor.
  • Shake or stir well before enjoying: In the morning, give the jar or container a good shake or stir to ensure all the ingredients are well combined. This will distribute the flavors evenly and give you a perfectly blended bowl of oats.
  • Experiment with different ratios: If you prefer a creamier consistency, you can add a bit more milk. If you like a thicker texture, reduce the amount of milk slightly. Feel free to adjust the ingredient quantities to suit your personal preference.

FAQ’s

Here are some frequently asked questions about our PB&J Overnight Oats recipe:

Can I use instant oats instead of rolled oats?

While rolled oats are recommended for this recipe because they provide a better texture, you can use instant oats as a substitute. Keep in mind that instant oats will result in a softer and smoother consistency.

Can I make PB&J Overnight Oats without chia seeds?

Yes, you can omit the chia seeds if you don't have them or prefer not to use them. Chia seeds add thickness and additional nutritional benefits, but the recipe will still work without them.

How long can I store the PB&J Overnight Oats in the refrigerator?

The overnight oats can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Make sure to keep them in sealed jars or airtight containers to maintain freshness.

Can I heat up the PB&J Overnight Oats?

Yes, if you prefer warm oats, you can heat them in the microwave or on the stovetop. However, keep in mind that the texture may become softer when heated.

Can I use frozen fruit instead of jam?

While the recipe calls for fruit jam or preserves, you can use frozen fruit as a substitute. Thaw the frozen fruit before adding it to the oats, or you can cook the frozen fruit down to create a jam-like consistency.

Can I double or halve the recipe?

Absolutely! The recipe can easily be doubled or halved depending on your desired quantity. Adjust the ingredient measurements accordingly to maintain the right balance of flavors.

Can I use a different type of sweetener?

Yes, you can use different natural sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup based on your preference. Adjust the amount to suit your taste.

Macro Friendly PB&J Overnight Oats

Jessie Hulsey
This delicious twist on a beloved classic brings together the flavors of peanut butter and jelly in a convenient and easy-to-make breakfast option. With a few simple ingredients and a bit of prep the night before, you'll wake up to a creamy and satisfying bowl of oats that will fuel your morning!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 377 kcal

Equipment

  • Spoon or spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mason Jars or Airtight Containers
  • Refrigerator

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp sugar free maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp jelly, jam, or preserves

Instructions
 

  • Split the ingredients into 2 individual serving-sized mason jars or airtight containers. Add rolled oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, milk, sweetener directly into the jar or container.
  • Stir your ingredients together until combined.
  • Place the sealed jars or containers in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 4-6 hours to allow the oats to soften and the flavors to meld together.
  • In the morning, add the jelly and give the oats a good stir before enjoying them cold or at room temperature. If desired, you can add additional toppings such as sliced fresh fruit, a sprinkle of nuts, or a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can repeat these steps for multiple jars or containers to make several servings at once. The overnight oats can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, so you can make a batch ahead of time for multiple breakfasts during the week.
  • Nutrition may vary depending on the brands and ingredients used.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 18gFat: 15g
Keyword high protein, macro friendly
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About the author, Jessie Hulsey

Jessie is a recipe creator and registered dietitian consultant, specializing in weight management, healthy aging, and behavioral nutrition in Atlanta, GA. To lean into her creative side, she loves all aspects of recipe development and food photography. When not working, you can find Jessie at the dog park with her husband and pup, playing in her garden, and scoping out new restaurants!

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