Peanut Butter Overnight Oats (PB & Jam) Healthy, Vegan
Thick, creamy, and indulgent these peanut butter overnight oats make the best breakfast. Using a classic flavor combo of peanut butter and jam, these healthy overnight oats are a make-ahead breakfast recipe to keep morning simple. Eat them as is or top with homemade coconut whip to make them extra dessert-like.
Keeping busy mornings simple is crucial for busy moms. And what better way to do that than with make-ahead breakfast recipes that kids will actually eat?
Furthermore, your family will fall in love with this peanut butter overnight oats recipe because:
- It’s a classic flavor combo of peanut butter and jam
- The oats only take five minutes to whip up
- Can be used as a healthy breakfast or school snack
- Makes a great post-workout meal with the right additions
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Are Overnight Oats Healthy?
Yes! This overnight oats recipe is made from whole grain oats. Whole grains are a great nutrition source for both moms and kids (learn more about the benefits of whole grains here).
Plus, this recipe uses chia seeds which are one of three foods every kid should have in their diet.
Moreover, both of these ingredients are nourishing and loaded with plant-based fuel like protein.
Are Overnight Oats Good For Weight Loss?
While oats can definitely be used in a weight loss program, they’re best used after a workout instead of at breakfast.
For weight loss, having a protein-rich meal first thing in the morning is the best weight loss hack. Though oats do contain plant-based protein, it’s not enough.
Thus, this recipe would best be consumed after a workout when our body is looking for fuel.
However, you can read further for tips on making this recipe more protein-rich.
How To Make Them Nut-Free
Peanut butter and jam is a classic flavor combo. However, nuts are a no-go in school lunches here.
So, if you need to make this recipe nut-free, simply sub in Sun Butter for peanut butter and use an alternative plant-based milk (like hemp milk).
If you want to use these peanut butter overnight oats as a post-workout snack, or you just want to increase the protein, you have two options:
The first is to add a scoop of vegan protein powder to the oats. This makes them ideal for post-workout. However, you will need to up the liquid intake to do this.
Vegan protein powders absorb liquid (and each one is different). Thus, add in ¼ cup more milk when making them.
Or, you can add in collagen powder. This would make the recipe more protein-dense and still amazing for kids.
Collagen is a beneficial part of bone broth and wonderful for your hair, skin, and nails. Learn more about collagen and why you may want to boost your intake. However, unlike bone broth, it doesn’t taste like well, bone broth.
Similarly, collagen powder is odorless and flavorless. Plus, if ethically sourced one of the purest forms of protein you can give to your kids! I grab my collagen from Perfect Supplements and while I love their big tub of powder, I love the individual packets even more!
I find collagen the easiest way to boost protein in smoothies, vegan yogurts, oatmeal, or any other dish. It blends and mixes well and there’s zero flavors to it. Plus, Perfect Supplements sources their collagen from pasture-raised (grass-fed) cows. So, I trust it.
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Ratio Of Oats To Milk
With the ratios in this recipe, you’ll have super thick, creamy overnight oats.
However, if you’d like overnight oats that are a bit less dense, you’ll want to add more milk (about half a cup).
Most recipes use a 1:2 ratio of oats to liquid.
FAQ’s & Tips
- To make the oats nut-free, use Sun Butter in place of peanut butter and hemp milk instead of almond milk
- Add a scoop of collagen powder to give the oats a protein boost
- These oats are super thick, to thin them out add ¼-½ more liquid
- The oats will last two days in the fridge if in a sealed container
- 1 cup regular, gluten-free oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons jam of preference
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How To Make It
In a large bowl, mix together the chia seeds and oats.
Pour the maple syrup into the almond milk and whisk.
Pour the almond milk into the oats and mix until combined.
Finally, add in the peanut butter and stir until no peanut butter clumps remain.
Grab two jars and portion half of the oats into the bottom. Top the oats with half the jam and fill the remaining part of the jars with the rest of the oats.
Finally, put the rest of the jam on top along with any toppings you may want (crushed peanuts, chocolate chips etc). Cover the jars with the lid and place them in the fridge overnight (or for four hours).
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Creamy, Peanut Butter & Jam Overnight Oats (Vegan)
Peanut butter and jam overnight oats are clearly a necessity, a staple to add to your breakfast rotation! They’re gluten free, vegan and utterly delicious. Likewise, they're a classic combination that makes breakfast not only filling and fueling but slightly addictive also.
Step up your breakfast game (and save yourself a lot of time in the mornings!) by whipping up a big batch of PB&J.