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Bowl of ready to eat pbj overnight oats topped with peanut butter, banana, strawberries and extra jam.

PBJ Overnight Oats

  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Peanut butter and jelly is the ultimate flavor and are the stars in these PBJ Overnight Oats. Easy to prep and are ready to eat in less than an hour.


  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened plant-based milk, I used soy milk
  • 2 tbsp plant-based yogurt, I used Forager Project
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter, salted
  • 24 tbsp any fruit jam, I used apricot jam
  • Maple syrup, optional if you want your oats to be sweeter


  1. Combine all your dry ingredients to a bowl or divide half the ingredients into individual containers or jars. Give the dry ingredients a good mix.
  2. Now add in your wet ingredients to the bowl or divide half the wet ingredients into the appropriate containers. Mix well to combine and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes, give the oats one more mix and then seal the containers and allow to sit and gel for at least 15 minutes to an hour or overnight if prepping in advance for the week.


For best results, use rolled oats (old-fashioned). Quick oats will get super mushy and steel-cut oats will be hard and chewy using this method, which is not ideal. Use this overnight steel-cut oats recipe instead.

After mixing your oats, wait 5 minutes and mix them again before letting them set. This helps the chia seeds better gel around the oats and also helps the oats release their starches for the perfect creamy texture.

Adjust sweetness based on preference. The flavor will be impacted by the jam and yogurt you use. If your yogurt is very sour and the jam is not enough to sweeten it, then add a little touch of maple syrup or agave to help balance it.

To make the oats higher in protein use high protein plant-based milk. I recommend using either a soy or pea protein milk to soak them in. You can also add other high protein options like a protein-rich plant-based yogurt. And if you are a big peanut butter fan, you can also stir in some extra peanut butter powder as a cheap protein powder alternative.

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