I’ll admit, I was skeptical at first but I have officially become obsessed ♥ with overnight oats after trying a few different recipes. They taste delicious and are much healthier than any store bought instant oatmeal pack. Overnight oats are super easy to prep the night before and in the morning all you have to do is grab them out of the fridge. You could also spend a little extra time making several jars of oats to last the entire week. They are perfect for busy mornings! I also enjoy overnight oats after a morning workout because they are filling (packed with protein and fiber) and exactly what my body needs post workout.
Overnight oats are extremely versatile, you can create many different ‘flavors’ and customize them to your liking. All you need to do is start with the ratio of 1:1 of old fashioned (rolled) oats to milk (I prefer to use almond milk). Make sure you are choosing old fashioned or rolled oats as opposed to instant or quick cooking forms. The instant oats lack some essential nutrients. Rolled oats are high in fiber and protein which both help give you energy and keep you full throughout a busy morning.
I actually first saw a recipe for PB & J overnight oats in the Skinnytaste cookbook, by Gina Homolka. And I made a few modifications to make it my own. A few notes about this recipe are that once you have added the 1:1 ratio of oats to milk, I just suggest you sweeten it with a bit of honey or maple syrup. I also like adding a little vanilla extract because I buy plain almond milk and I love the flavor of vanilla added to anything. The chia seeds are also optional but highly recommended. Chia seeds absorb some of the liquid and basically plump up and soften over night, which makes the oats even thicker. You just have to try them and see it to believe me! Also if you want to use any other fruit besides raspberries, I have seen PB&J oat recipes with grapes or strawberries. I would just stay away from using actual jelly or jam because they have lots of added sugar. Plus fresh fruit adds extra nutrients. Once you have all the ingredients in a jar, just mix them all up, seal tightly, and store in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning I like to top this recipe with more raspberries, a little bit more peanut butter, a banana, and/or almonds for a crunch.
Also I don’t have kids, but I would imagine this recipe is ‘kid-friendly’ because seriously who didn’t like PB&J’s growing up?!?
So ditch the morning pop-tart, breakfast burrito, or instant oatmeal pack (that are full of refined sugars and artificial ingredients) and give healthy overnight oats a try. And don’t forget to let me know what you think! ♥
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup milk (I prefer almond milk)
- 1/2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional but recommended)
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries (or any other fresh fruit such as red grapes or strawberries)
- 1-2 tbsp natural peanut butter (depending on how peanut buttery you want it, or you could save some for a topping)
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar that you can seal tight.
- Stir well, seal, and keep in the refrigerator overnight or at least 3 hours.