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If you like PB&J, you're going to love this peanut butter oatmeal. It's a healthy and satisfying breakfast recipe that will keep you fuelled all morning long. It's easy to make and it's ready in just 15 minutes!
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Mornings just got a whole lot more delicious with this peanut butter oatmeal recipe. It's chockfull of healthy ingredients and it's every bit as delicious as it sounds. If you're a fan of the classic PB&J, you'll love this oatmeal version!
Why you'll love this peanut butter oatmeal
- It tastes like a treat but it's totally healthy.
- It's an easy-to-make breakfast that's suitable for all types of eaters (vegans, too)!
- Make it pretty with all the toppings for a special breakfast like a birthday or anniversary.
- Double the batch so breakfast is ready for the next day.
This peanut butter oatmeal recipe comes together with a few simple ingredients you're likely to have on hand. Here's what you need:
- Water: we use water to cook the oats but you can also use milk or a non-dairy alternative if you prefer.
- Rolled oats: we use old-fashioned rolled oats but you can use quick oats if that's what you have on hand. Use gluten-free rolled oats if needed.
- Peanut butter: peanut butter has a unique flavor that we love in this recipe, but you can use any type of nut butter. Try almond butter, pumpkin seed butter, or even tahini. We recommend using natural nut butter for this recipe, but you can use whatever you have in your pantry.
- Berries: fresh berries are wonderful if they're in season, but frozen berries work as well.
- Chia seeds: chia seeds are an easy and excellent source of omega 3's and fiber.
- Maple syrup or honey: an optional touch of maple syrup or honey adds sweetness.
- Chia seeds, peanut butter, berries, milk of choice: optional toppings, for serving.
How to make peanut butter oatmeal
Not a morning person? This recipe is for you! It's so easy to make peanut butter oatmeal that you could almost do it with your eyes closed. Here's how to make it in a couple of easy steps:
- Bring the water and oats to a boil and simmer until soft. Stir in the peanut butter.
- While the oats are cooking, make the jam by combining the fruit, chia seeds, and maple syrup or honey (if using). Easy, right?
- Scoop the oatmeal into a bowl, and top it with the berry jam and any other favorite toppings. That's it!
Peanut butter oatmeal topping ideas
Give your bowl of oats a boost with one of these healthy topping ideas:
- Add nuts and/or seeds: some of our favorite include peanuts, pecans, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds. They're nutritious and they add a nice crunch!
- Switch up the fruit: Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are the most common but blackberries, peaches, pears, and apples are delicious too.
- Use coconut milk: full-fat coconut milk is super rich and creamy. Drizzle some over your bowl of oats for a delicious dairy-free topping.
- Scoop of yogurt: a scoop of Greek yogurt will give these oats a protein boost and will keep you feeling fuller, longer.
Is peanut butter oatmeal healthy?
Yes! It's filled with nutritious ingredients like whole grain oats, protein-packed peanut butter, and superfood chia seeds. It's naturally sweetened with fruit, with the option to add a touch of real maple syrup or honey. For a whole serving of fruit, try adding a whole chopped banana!
What to serve with peanut butter oatmeal
Can I use steel-cut oats?
Yes, you can but you'll need to adjust the water and cooking time according to the directions on the package.
What's the best type of peanut butter to use?
We recommend a natural creamy peanut butter, but crunchy tastes good, too.
How do I store leftover oatmeal?
Store any leftover oatmeal in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. It's best to store the berry jam separately so you can heat up the leftover oatmeal on the stove.
How do I heat up leftover oatmeal?
To heat up leftover oatmeal on the stovetop, just place it in a small pot with a splash of water or milk. Then, heat it on low until it's warmed through.
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons ripe berries (frozen and thawed if out of season)
- ½ teaspoon chia seeds
- Optional: ½ teaspoon maple syrup or honey
- Optional toppings: chia seeds, a scoop of peanut butter (see notes), berries, and milk of your choice
- Place the water and rolled oats in a small pot over high heat and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, or until the oats are soft, stirring the oats a few times. Stir in the peanut butter.½ cup rolled oats, 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, 1 cup water
- While the oats are cooking, make the jam. In a small bowl, mash the ripe berries with the chia seeds and, if using, the honey.2 tablespoons ripe berries, ½ teaspoon chia seeds, Optional: ½ teaspoon maple syrup or honey
- Pour the oatmeal into a bowl and swirl the jam on top. Serve with any or all of the toppings.Optional toppings: chia seeds, a scoop of peanut butter (see notes), berries, and milk of your choice
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.
This recipe is part of our Mother's Day Bruch Recipes series.