Peanut Butter & Jelly Overnight Oats

PB& J overnight oats are my summer breakfast go-to.  I first tried overnight oats last summer.  They kind of seemed to be the latest craze on some of the blogs I read so I thought I would see what the buzz was about. I love oatmeal but I didn’t want to eat something hot in the summertime so it seemed like a great idea. Plus, when I wake up I need coffee and food immediately and it’s great to pull something out of the fridge that’s ready to eat.  This is something you can heat up during the cooler months as well, but I prefer my overnight oats cold.

It takes less than 5 minutes to prep the night before (the tricky part is remembering!) You just throw it all in a bowl, stir, and refrigerate.  I tried to get in the routine of doing it right after dinner so I didn’t forget.  It’s kind of terrible when you wake up wanting to eat your oats and you realize there’s nothing waiting for you in the fridge.  I’ve even resorted to setting a reminder on my phone (because I have to do this for EVERYTHING or things don’t get done).

 

This recipe from “My Whole Food Life” was the first one I tried and I LOVE it. Much like my earlier post about the banana oat yogurt muffins, when I find a tasty recipe I make it until I get tired of it and move on.  It’s such a bummer when you try a new recipe and it’s the pits. I hate wasting food, but I also hate “wasting calories” on something that doesn’t taste great.  That’s why I am using this blog to share my favorites with you!

The only changes I made were using peanut butter instead of almond butter and organic fat free cow’s milk instead of almond milk.  I really want to like almond butter, but it’s just OK.  Considering it costs twice as much as peanut butter I’m not going to spend extra on something I find mediocre tasting.  I don’t dislike almond milk, I just don’t have an issue with dairy and I prefer the taste and extra protein of cow’s milk.  You can also add fresh fruit, nuts, or protein powder to this recipe too.  I’ll be honest, I tried subbing whey protein for the peanut butter and it was not. good.  But feel free to try…you may feel differently!

 

Here are the nutritionals based off of the way that I make it:

 

To some of you 413 calories may seem a little steep.  I’m ok with it because I try to eat a hardy breakfast to fuel me for the morning.  Check out the 11g of fiber and 17g of protein! This fills me up for 3+ hours so I don’t need a morning snack.

Do you have a favorite overnight oats recipe? Please share in the comments below!

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