The summer is heating up which means it’s time to give up that steaming bowl of oatmeal and welcome this cool Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Overnight Oats Parfaits.
It’s been an odd weather week for us here in the Midwest. WE have gone from humid hot days to random thunder storms to scary hail! Basically a complete hodgepodge of daily weather surprises yet somehow the weather forecast is always wrong.
The only thing that seems to be consistent is that it’s finally HOTT! Or as my (almost 2 year old says it), HOTTA HOTTA.
For me, weather changes always spark new food cravings. Our dinners have shifted from the oven to the grill and breakfast from hot to cold. And honestly I’m totally cool with that.
I am a total dork when it comes to seasonal eating. I think there is something so special and in touch with nature when we try to eat seasonally. Using what’s available in our tiny herb garden or at our local farmer’s market to craft meals. Taking our queue from the weather and mother nature to decide what and how to cook it.
This is how my Peanut Butter and Jelly Chia Overnight Oats Parfaits were born. Basically I woke up craving something cold and something peanut buttery. But I didn’t have any good toast. And of course in an effort to pack each of my meals with protein (hitting my protein preggo numbers), oatmeal and chia came to mind.
What’s neat about these little parfaits, is that they have a layer of homemade blueberry chia jam and are topped with creamy peanut buttery overnight oats. A fun morning treat that takes about 15 minutes to prep the night before, and feels totally summery fancy fresh the next day.
This fun breakfast is gluten-free, dairy-free, low in sugar, protein and antioxidant packed. So basically a power house morning treat for adults and kiddos alike!
As for toppings, I love adding more bloobs, a little swirl of PB, and yogurt. Other times I’ll add banana slices and granola. You really can’t go wrong with any of your favorite add-ons.
And of course the eating part. I made these little parfaits in cute little jars, however when it comes time to eat them, I would recommend adding an extra splash of milk to help mix it all up. Then add the toppings and eat it up.
Adapted from Minimalist Baker.