This childhood classic just got a breakfast makeover. PB&J Overnight Oats have all the nostalgic flavor with the added nutritional benefits of oats!
If your childhood was anything like mine, you ate quite a few PB&J’s. They are quick to make and even tastier to eat! Now take that same great flavor and mix it with super-fast and nutritious overnight oats and you’ve got one awesome breakfast.
Reasons you’ll love these PB&J oats
- Use any nut butter to make this allergen-friendly (sunflower butter, peanut butter, almond butter, etc)
- Use any jam to match your preferences – I’m a sucker for strawberry jam!
- Everyone can customize their own which helps to get everyone involved in the meal-prepping process
- Family-friendly flavor that everyone loves
- Your favorite sandwich for breakfast just got a whole lot cooler in breakfast form!
Ingredients for Overnight Oats
These overnight oats only need a few ingredients. All of them can be found in the grocery store and are probably already in your pantry!
- Rolled Oats: To start, we need oats for overnight oats! These require ½ a cup of old-fashioned rolled oats.
- Milk: These use a 1:1 ratio of milk to oats. You can use any milk you like (cow’s milk, plant milk, lactose-free, etc).
- Chia Seeds: When chia seeds come in contact with liquid, they expand which helps to thicken up the mixture. Plus, chia seeds are packed with vitamins and minerals.
- Vanilla Extract & Salt: Vanilla and salt both help to enhance the flavor of the nut butter and the sweetness of the jelly. If your nut butter has added salt, you may not need to add much salt.
- Peanut Butter: Peanut butter will give you that classic taste but any nut butter (like almond butter) you like will work!
- Jelly: Grape, strawberry, orange, or any other jelly or jam can will taste great!
Using nut milk like almond milk can help enhance the nut flavor of peanut butter and jelly.
How to make PB&J Oats
Making these overnight oats is just as easy (ok, maybe easier) as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
- Assemble the jars, mixing everything together
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until soft
- Serve them up straight from the jar!
After trying out a bunch of different jars for overnight oats, these are my favorites!
Overnight oats are great because they are made in jars, stored in jars, and eaten from the same jars. These will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days but are best the first day!
- For The Milk, you can substitute plant-based milk to make this dairy-free or vegan
- For The Chia Seeds, you can use flaxseeds
Can you use Almond butter?
Yes, any nut butter will work great! Cinnamon almond butter can add another flavor dimension too.
Make It Your Own!
- Add nuts that are similar to the nut butter you are using to add more crunch and really hammer home that flavor.
- Add protein powder, either unflavored or vanilla for added nutrition.
- Add fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, or bananas for a peanut butter banana sandwich vibe.
- Nix the nuts but using sunflower butter!
More Overnight Oat Recipes You’ll Love
Looking for more easy overnight oats? We’ve got you covered with more classic flavors!
- Blueberry Overnight Oats are blueberry pie in oat form.
- Strawberries & Cream Overnight Oats pair fresh strawberries with cream for a decadent contrast of flavors.
- Pina Colada Overnight Oats have the perfect combination of pineapple and cream.
- Banana Bread Overnight Oats have everything you love about banana bread in a portable breakfast.
- ½ cup rolled oats 40 g
- ½ cup milk 120 mL
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter or your favorite nut butter
- 2 Tbsp jelly
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds 7 g
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- Assemble: Add all ingredients to a jar and stir to combine. Seal shut with a lid.
- Refrigerate: Set in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight, or until oats are soft.
- Serve: Serve chilled straight from the jar!