Not enough time in the mornings? Grab a jar, a few ingredients, and make these Peanut Butter & Jelly Overnight Oats ahead of time. The kids will love this fun twist on their favorite sandwich.
By now everyone is pretty much started back to school. I think that after Labor Day for the rest of the country, school begins. (in the south those kids start back well before summer is over) Since we homeschool, we get the luxury or starting whenever we want, and we always start after Labor Day. This year was no different. I’ve been planning out the weeks since August.
Everyone homeschools differently, but since we aren’t totally sure what Kelsie wants to do about high school yet, we keep a more traditional touch when it comes to curriculum. I know many who fly by the seat of their pants with unschooling, but since I know that Kelsie is headed for college, we have to make sure she’s prepared. I wouldn’t dream of sending her off to college, without her having some basic knowledge of due dates, essays, and boring math. All things that she will encounter in that college environment.
Since our homeschool has a bit of traditional school approach, we get up early (for homeschoolers, haha) and get the day started. She really likes to have school completely done by lunchtime. We all know from experience that after lunch, you don’t want to go back to work, or learn anything new. With us, thankfully we have an option.
With those early mornings, we don’t have to rush out the door, but we still want to start school no later than 9:30. This means that breakfast can sometimes be rather mundane; you have cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, and toaster pastries. Kelsie is great with those options, but sometimes it’s nice to have something out of the ordinary.
That is where overnight oats come in. We did a twist on everyone’s favorite sandwich from their childhood, peanut butter and jelly. It’s actually still my favorite sandwich! 🙂 Anyway. Overnight oats took Pinterest by storm a couple of years ago, and although I tried several recipes, I couldn’t get past the cold, weird texture that the oats would lend themselves. I kept trying different recipes, different ingredients, different methods, and still didn’t like them.
One day I thought that I would add peanut butter to some overnight oats, since I love peanut butter on my hot oatmeal, and that was it. It was the only way that I could actually be perfectly content with that texture. It seems that the peanut butter, once mixed before eating, coats the oats, which help mask the normal texture. (I am totally a texture person when it comes to food)
Once the peanut butter was my key to enjoying overnight oats, I decided to add other things in with it. Of course that first batch had to be jelly! Glad I tried it, because it worked perfectly. It also has become my favorite way to eat them. And I think you’re going to enjoy it as well!