Motivation to Not Scrape the Bottom of the Peanut Butter Jar

by Ashley

I was so excited for breakfast this morning.  I decided to switch it up from my regular PB&J on wheat bread to a new idea I got from a fellow blogger.  It’s called “Oats in a Jar”, and let me tell you, uh-mazing!  

I woke up as the alarm clock went off and did not want to get out of bed.  I immediately started thinking about how I needed to go on my run this morning, and that made me not want to get out of bed even more.  But then I thought about my “Oats in a Jar” waiting for me for breakfast, and that got me right up.  The faster I got my run over with, the faster I got to eat my breakfast.  

I got my heiney out of bed, got dressed, threw my hair in a ponytail, and got Ryan (my running partner) ready to head out the door.  We walked outside, and it was just a beautiful morning!  The sun was shining, blue skies, it was cool, and there was a light breeze…perfect!  I got into my groove right away and had an awesome run.  The weather makes such a difference for me on how my runs go. 

I came home a sweaty, stinky mess ready to eat my “Oats in a Jar.”  You’re probably wondering what the heck “Oats in a Jar” even is…  I’ll fill you in!  As I said, I got this idea from a couple of my fellow bloggers, and I’m so glad I tried it!  First and foremost, you need a mostly empty jar of peanut butter (leave about 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter at the bottom). 

First, put 1/3-1/2 cup oats in the jar.  Add about 1/2 cup milk and any other “add-ins” you want in your “Oats in a Jar.”  Place in refrigerator overnight, and it’ll be waiting for you in the morning!  I made up my own version, and decided to call it “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Oats in a Jar”  because it tastes just like that!  Talk about heaven in a jar! 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Oats in a Jar


Mostly empty peanut butter jar

1/3 – 1/2 cup oatmeal

1/4 – 1/2 cup milk (depends on how thick you want it)

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon sweetener (sugar, brown sugar, Splenda, honey, Truvia)

Directions:  Put oatmeal in mostly empty peanut butter jar and add milk.  Add cocoa powder and sweetener and mix together.  Refrigerate overnight.  Enjoy for breakfast in the morning!

You can be creative with this by using flavored oatmeal or adding different toppings such as nuts, jam, chocolate chips, fruit, or protein powder.  It’s so fun and easy and yummy!  It was nice to have something cold with oats involved during the summer too.  I love oatmeal, but I have a hard time eating it during the summer months because it’s so warm outside.  Now I can get my oatmeal in more during the warm months of summer! 

Now I just need to work on NOT scraping out the bottom of the peanut butter jar when I get to the end of it.  If any of you know me well, you probably know I have an undying love for peanut butter.  I always make Cody save the peanut butter jars if he “finishes” them so that I can scrape out the bottom of them. 🙂  Hopefully this “Oats in a Jar” concept will give me motivation to not scrape out the bottom, because it might just be one of my new favorite breakfasts!

  • What makes or breaks your runs?
  • Do you scrape out the bottom of the peanut butter jar?

2 Comments to “Motivation to Not Scrape the Bottom of the Peanut Butter Jar”

  1. Sounds so good Ashley! I’m definitely going to have to try this!! 🙂
    And I can truly agree that if the weather isn’t great outside there’s no much motivation to go running in the morning!!

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