PB & J Overnight Oats
I love overnight oatmeal because I can have perfectly soft and chewy oats without any cooking. Even though oatmeal only takes 5 minutes to prepare in the microwave, these minutes seem to take forever in the mornings when I'm hungry and groggy.
Overnight oats make a great make-ahead breakfast for the week, but if you use milk, by the end of the week, the oats will be soggy and sad. To resolve this problem, you can assemble the jars and add liquid the night before serving. As a warning, if you use yogurt, don't microwave the oatmeal or else it'll curdle.
Plain overnight oats can be a bit boring, so I add rich peanut butter and sweet jam to make PB & J overnight oats. Greek yogurt adds 16 g of protein per serving, so this breakfast is quite filling.
- 2 cups of traditional oats
- 1 cup of jam
- 9 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 4 cups (32 ounce container) of yogurt
- Get 6 containers which can hold at least 2 cups each.
- Divide the ingredients equally between the containers. To each container, add ⅓ cup of oats, ⅔ cup of yogurt, 1 and ½ tablespoons of peanut butter, and about 3 tablespoons of jam.
- Cover and store the containers in the fridge for up to a week.
- The day before you want PB & J overnight oats, add ¼ cup of water to a container, and stir well.
- Leave the oatmeal in the fridge overnight so the oats can soften.
- In the morning, remove from the fridge, and eat cold.
- Oats: Main component. What types of oatmeal can you use?
- Traditional oats, oat bran, or steel-cut oats need to soak overnight (at least 6 hours) to soften or else they will be hard to chew.
- Quick oats, cut-up, smaller pieces of traditional oats, only need to soak for at most 2 hours. Do not soak quick oats overnight unless you like very mushy oatmeal.
- Jam: Adds sweet, fruity flavor. Any sort of jam, jelly, or preserves would work. I used homemade, unsweetened strawberry jam. You can omit the jam if you're using a sweetened, fruit flavored yogurt.
- Peanut butter: Makes PB & J overnight oats richer, nuttier, and more filling. Any sort of nut butter would work. I used natural almond butter.
- Yogurt: Makes the oats creamy. If you use yogurt, do not heat up the oats because they will curdle. Instead of using 1 big container of yogurt, you can use a single serving container for each jar.
- Water: Softens the oats. Substitute milk for a richer breakfast. Instead of using yogurt, you can use 1/2 cup of milk, and you can substitute up to half of the milk for applesauce or pumpkin.
Microwave Oatmeal Discussion
Traditionally, you make oatmeal by microwaving oats and milk. I dislike this approach because the milk always boils over, and I have to clean the microwave. Overnight oats do not require any cooking.
If you want to heat up overnight oats, do not add any yogurt, and put the oats in a microwaveable vessel. In the morning, remove the lid, and microwave on high for 30 seconds - 1 minute. Unless your microwave is ridiculously strong, the oats will not get hot enough for the milk to boil over, so you will have no mess.
Step by Step Photos
Get 6 containers which can hold at least 2 cups each. I have an assortment of old peanut butter, coconut oil, and jam jars.
How much oatmeal can you eat? Put that amount of oatmeal into each container. In general, anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1 cup of oatmeal is reasonable. For plain overnight oatmeal, I use 1/2 cup of oats, but since I add yogurt and peanut butter, I only use 1/3 cup per container for PB & J overnight oatmeal.
On top of the oats, add 2/3 cup of yogurt, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and about 3 tablespoons of jam. The quantities are pretty flexible. I divide the total amount of yogurt, peanut butter, and jam equally between the servings.
PB & J overnight oats make planning breakfasts for the week super easy. Using unsweetened jam and plain 0% Greek yogurt, you can make a week's worth of breakfasts with 400 calories a jar.
For a lower calorie option, reduce the amount of peanut butter, or split each portion in half. For a higher calorie option, besides increasing the amount of peanut butter and oats, you can use whole milk yogurt, sweetened jam, and whole milk instead of water.
For more variety, you can mix up the flavors of jam. After my friend gifted me with a few jars of jam, I currently have 5 different flavors (cherry, grape, raspberry, blueberry, and peach), and any flavor would be lovely.
Cover and store the containers in the fridge for up to a week. The day before you want PB & J overnight oats, add 1/4 cup of water to a container, and stir well. Leave the oatmeal in the fridge overnight so the oats can soften. In the morning, remove from the fridge, and eat cold.
Make sure there is enough liquid to cover the oats or else your oatmeal will be dry and crumbly. I use cold tap water from the sink.
In the morning, the oats will have absorbed most of the yogurt and water. Again, if you used yogurt for the PB & J overnight oats, do not microwave the jar or else the yogurt will curdle.
If you have any questions on things to eat with your oats, feel free to comment below, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.