School is back in full force for many of you! Although we don’t start until after Labor Day (Woot-woot! Perks of homeschooling:) We have already begun the dutiful chore of going to bed and waking up earlier.
I remember having to do that growing up. About a week or so before school started, my parents would begin making us go to bed hours earlier than our summer schedule had allowed. We would whine and complain through brushing our teeth and after we got into bed because we were still wide awake! Did your parents do that to you, too? Anyone?!
That’s one of the things I’ll miss about summer break—lazy, leisurely mornings! But, just because mornings will be much busier, it shouldn’t mean you can’t eat a hearty and healthy breakfast. These oats take only a few minutes to throw together the night before. In the morning you’ll have breakfast ready and waiting for you in the fridge! Makes life so much easier. If you haven’t jumped on the overnight oat bandwagon, you’re missing out!
These oats are prepared the night before and are full of wholesome ingredients. I even add some extra fiber and omega-3s by throwing some flax and chia seeds inside.
Overnight oats are delicious on their own, but I love adding yummy flavor combos! I posted a recipe several months ago for Chunky Monkey Overnight Oats, which turned out to be a big hit with you all and my family! This time, because I’m still
slightly obsessed with peanut butter, or any nut butter for that matter, I made a peanut butter and chia jelly combo!
This chia jelly is made using fresh berries, chia seeds, and your sweetener of choice. You make it the night before, like the oats, so that it’s ready to go in the morning!
Since these are made ahead of time, all you have to do when you wake up is stir in your chia jelly, a splash of milk (if needed), and top with your favorite toppings! Add banana, cacao nibs, chopped almonds, or whatever you like, and eat! Super simple, delicious, healthy, and filling! I hope you enjoy, friends!
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- ½ cup Rolled Oats
- ½ tablespoon Chia Seeds
- ½ tablespoon Flaxseed Meal
- ½ tablespoon Maple Syrup or Honey, more may be needed if you like it sweeter
- ½ - ¾ cup unsweetened, plain almond milk or other milk of choice (use the lesser amount for thicker oats)
- 1-2 spoonfuls natural peanut butter, or other nut butter of choice, to taste
- pinch of salt, if your pb isn’t already salted
- 1-2 spoonfuls of chia jelly, to taste
- Optional Toppings: Sliced bananas, chopped almonds, cacao nibs, mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup mashed fruit of choice, I used strawberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (add an extra teaspoon of chia seeds if fruit has a lot of liquid)
- ½-2 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or coconut sugar (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice, optional
- (I doubled the recipe in the photos above!) In a medium container or jar, combine together oats, chia seeds, flaxseed, maple syrup, and milk until mixed thoroughly. Stir in a spoonful or two of peanut butter. Cover and put into the refrigerator for several hours to overnight. In the morning, stir oatmeal and add a splash of milk, if too thick. Stir in chia jam and drizzle with extra peanut butter, if needed. You can also top your oats with additional toppings, such as banana slices, chopped nuts, cacao nibs, etc. Makes one serving.
- To make chia jelly, combine mashed fruit, chia seeds, and sweetener. Stir to combine. Lemon juice is good to add if your fruit is a little on the sweet side. I like to add it to give it a nice flavor contrast, but it’s optional. Cover and refrigerate along with the oats.*
- *Tip: If you can remember, it’s nice to give this a stir after it has been sitting for a while, at least one time before going to bed. The chia seeds tend to get clumped together in the beginning and can’t absorb the liquid as well. If you forget, it’s not the end of the world. You just may end up with some chia clumps in the jelly. Just stir well in the morning.