As many of you know, I’m a huge lover of breakfast. I can eat breakfast anytime of the day. I’m also one that never skips breakfast. Often times I wake up starving and immediately start thinking about what I’m going to eat. Weekends are great because I have the luxury of making more elaborate breakfasts like pancakes or fancy eggs. Unfortunately, during the week, I do not have this luxury as it’s a mad dash to get out of my apartment and get to work on time. It’s quite the dilemma. So naturally, I’ve had to come up with breakfast ideas that are easy to make and keep well in the fridge when cooked ahead of time. Here’s where the PB&J overnight pro-oats come into play. They are incredibly easy to make, super tasty and filling. The combination of protein and carbs helps keep you satisfied for hours which is important! I have found that if I eat just oats without some sort of protein alongside, I am hungry within a couple of hours. This is no bueno.
Pinterest is full of overnight oat recipes and a lot of them are super creative and look just like dessert! That’s what I love about overnight oats – they are kind of like dessert, but for breakfast. I love the quote “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.” I basically live my life that way, especially when I eat pro-oats for breakfast. The most important thing about using protein powder in your oats is that you have to find a protein powder that you actually like on its own. If you hate it after you add liquid, you will hate your pro-oats and that is definitely no bueno. The quest to find the perfect protein powder is a long and arduous one, but eventually, you find one you like and then stick with it. I’m still debating if I like the one I’m using at the moment, so I’m not going to make any recommendations in this post. Feel free to leave a comment on your favorite one. I’m open to suggestions.
Strawberries are in season right now and it felt fitting to add them in to this recipe. Plus strawberries taste amazing in pretty much any sweet treat, including these overnight pro-oats. I was also digging the peanut butter vibe so naturally PB&J made sense for these pro-oats. I decided to use a powdered peanut butter to save up on calories and fats since the real deal has both…and a lot of both. Not that I’m against fats by any means, but I’m trying to stay within my macro budget so I start fitting into my clothes again. Powdered peanut butter is great because you can use 2 tablespoons and have half the calories and fat content as you would with 1 tablespoon of the actual thing. The best part is that it still tastes like peanut butter!
One of my favorite things about this recipe is how incredibly easy it is to make and store so that it’s grab and go for those mad dashes out the door in the mornings. I typically will put all of my dry ingredients in a mason jar and then the night before add the liquid and fruit so that it’s the perfect consistency in the morning. I’ve never tried making 5 days worth of overnight oats, but I’m not sure that they would turn out that great. I will, however, portion out 5 days worth of dry ingredients into my mason jars so that half the work is completed before adding in the fruit and liquid.
So enough chatting, let’s do this!
PB&J Overnight Pro-Oats
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2 tbsp. powdered peanut butter
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 5-6 strawberries, hulled and cut into pieces
In a mason jar, combine oats, protein powder, powdered peanut butter and almond milk.
Thoroughly mix ingredients with a spoon. I find mixing with a spoon rather than shaking the mason jar with the lid on works better.
Once mixed, add strawberries on top.
Screw on lid to mason jar and let the pro-oats sit in the fridge overnight.
Serve cold or you can warm the pro-oats in the microwave. If you want your pro-oats to be more liquid-y, add more milk to get desired consistency.
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