PB&J Maca Overnight OatsNov 10, 2019
Though I’m currently a graduate student and don’t have quite the same rise and grind situation every Monday thru Friday, I still find myself up and out of the house on the early side. I’ve always been an early bird and am most productive in the mornings. Therefore, I rarely have time for a long, leisurely breakfast!
Because of this, I’ve mastered the art of easy yet nutritious morning meals with overnight oats at the top of the list. That’s not to say that I don’t love to whip up a bowl of warm oatmeal when time allows (check out my free how to guide: Upgrade Your Oatmeal 3 Ways for some breakfast inspiration in that department). But this particular no-cooking-required version is just as hearty and delicious without the hassle.
Of course, oats are a key ingredient, along with a few extra superfood add-ins to help fuel you through your day. Maca powder is one of my all-time favorites given this earthy, nutty powder is packed with natural energy-boosting abilities. Studies actually show that maca can even boost libido, improve mood and increase memory.
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And though chia seeds are technically optional in this recipe, they both bring incredible health benefits as well as bulk up the texture of your overnight oats. These tiny but mighty seeds are packed with protein, antioxidants and fiber to keep you full longer and your digestive system happy.
While these ingredients take overnights oats up a notch from a health perspective, the real stars of the show when it comes to favor are peanut butter and jelly. And how can you beat that classic combo? Lately I’ve been feeling nostalgic and using this duo in all sorts of recipes, such as my PBJ & Banana Breakfast “Quesadilla”.
Any type of PB&J ingredients you love will work perfectly, but I encourage you to look for versions of each that exclude added preservatives and sugars. For peanut butter or any nut butter you use, look for labels with only nuts and nothing else (maybe salt!). As for the jelly, Crofter’s Just Fruit Spreads are always my go-to when I don’t make my own. They harness the natural sweetness of fruit rather than add unneeded sugars—as it should be!
To assemble, simply mix and layer all of your ingredients and allow the result to thicken overnight in the fridge. In the morning, a filling and nutritious meal awaits! Take with you on-the-go for a delicious breakfast fit for work, school or whatever your day has in store .
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened nut milk
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp jelly, preferably fruit-sweetened
- more peanut butter and jelly for topping
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