PB&J Oatmeal

by Christin Gillespie

Classic PB&J Oatmeal tastes like a time machine back to childhood. It’s the perfect combination of peanut buttery and fruity flavors in one bowl. This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and made in just 10 minutes. You’ll love this quick, wholesome, and no sugar added oatmeal recipe!

White bowl with a spoon in it, filled with peanut butter oatmeal, topped with peanuts, chocolate, raspberry chia jam, and strawberries, and a drizzle of peanut butter, on a white marble counter.

Did you LOVE peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a kid?! If so, you’ll LOVE this peanut butter & jelly oatmeal recipe so much more. With this recipe, we are throwing things all the way back to those classic childhood PB&Js.

This PB&J Oatmeal is thick, creamy, peanut buttery, and super yummy. It really is a reminiscent of a PB&J. Just imagine, the oats are the bread, the peanut butter is the PB, and the raspberry chia jam is the J.

Just like the sandwich, this oatmeal recipe is super easy to make! First, we’ll create the creamy peanut butter oatmeal. Then, we’ll top it with some fresh chia jam (and extra peanut butter if you’re a real addict, like me). Nevertheless, you can also add crushed peanuts and fresh berries on top.

Types of Oats to Use

This classic PB&J Oatmeal bowl can be made with rolled oats, steel cut oats, or even quick oats.

  • Rolled Oats: Rolled Oats, also known as old fashioned oats or whole oats, are my favorite type of oats to cook with. Their texture is great and they cook relatively quickly, compared to steel-cut oats.
  • Steel-Cut Oats: Steel-cut oats, usually take much longer to make, about 20 minutes. However, they contain more fiber.
  • Quick Oats: Quick oats are soft in texture and cook extremely quickly. They’re the best type of oats to use in the microwave versus cooking on the stove.

Whichever type of oats you select, before preparing, be sure to read the package instructions, for the liquid oat ratio, because the amounts may vary.

Now, who’s ready to get cooking?

White bowl filled with peanut butter oatmeal, topped with peanuts, chocolate, raspberry chia jam, and strawberries, and a drizzle of peanut butter, on a white marble counter.

Key Ingredients

For this PB&J Oatmeal recipe, you only a few ingredients to achieve the breakfast of your childhood breakfast dreams.

For the Peanut Butter Oatmeal

  • Rolled Oats: I used old fashioned rolled oats, but steal-cut or quick oats work as well. However, be sure to read the package instructions for the liquid oat ratio and the cook time, because they will vary. This recipe is written for old fashioned rolled oats.
  • Banana: Adding a ripe banana to the recipe makes this breakfast sweet. Also, the more ripe your banana is, the sweeter your breakfast will be.
  • Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds are loaded with nutrients, high in omega-3 fats, rich in dietary fiber, and you can’t even taste them. They are completely optional, and be substituted with chia seeds, so no problem if you don’t have them…yet!
  • Non-dairy Milk: In this oatmeal recipe, we only need a little milk, so use your favorite non-dairy milk. I used unsweetened cashew milk.
  • Peanut Butter: Creamy peanut butter adds that deliciously rich, creamy, and nutty flavor we all love in a PB&J.

For the Chia Jam

  • Berries: In this recipe, we’ll be making fresh chia jam. I used raspberries, but you can certainly use strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, or even a combination of your favorite!
  • Chia Seeds: Chia seeds give the jam a gelatinous texture. They are packed with healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids. Chia also contain fiber & plant-based protein.
Ingredients for Chocolate Orange Oatmeal. 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup of white milk, 1 ripe banana, flaxseeds in a small glass bowl, peanut butter in a small glass bowl, sitting on a white marble counter.

How to make this Oatmeal Recipe

Preparing oatmeal for breakfast is super easy and this recipe is no different. There is only 3 steps to achieve your peanut butter and jelly oatmeal breakfast.

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the mashed banana, flaxseeds, rolled oats, and non-dairy milk. Simmer until milk has absorbed into the oats, stirring frequently to prevent burning, about 5-8 minutes. Remove the oatmeal from heat and stir in the peanut butter.
  2. Meanwhile, while the oats are cooking, add the raspberries, or berries of choice, into a separate pan with a splash of water and heat over a medium heat. Once they start to melt and become nice and juicy. Remove from heat and stir in chia seeds.
  3. Pour the oats in a serving bowl and top with some of the homemade raspberry chia jam, fresh strawberries, peanuts, and a drizzle of creamy peanut butter.
A small black saucepan filled with peanut butter banana oatmeal, on a white marble counter.

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

To make the perfect PB&J Oatmeal recipe, be sure to follow these tips!

  • For the best texture, I suggest using rolled oats, but you can use quick oats, or if you have more time, you can also use steel cut oats.
  • If you prefer your oatmeal to be thicker, you can cook your oats on the stovetop for a couple more minutes. On the other hand, if you prefer it thinner, cook your oats for a slightly less time.
  • Be sure your banana is ripe. The more ripe your banana is, the sweeter your oatmeal will be.
  • Use your favorite kind of berry for the chia jam.

Oatmeal Toppings

The toppings is what take this oatmeal recipe to the next level. I personally topped mine with some of the homemade raspberry chia jam, fresh strawberries, peanuts, and a drizzle of creamy peanut butter. Nevertheless, you can top your peanut butter oatmeal bowl with any combination that you wish!

No matter what you top your peanut butter and jelly oatmeal with, it will be a classic!

White bowl with a spoon in it, filled with peanut butter oatmeal, topped with peanuts, chocolate, raspberry chia jam, and strawberries, and a drizzle of peanut butter, on a white marble counter.

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White bowl with a spoon in it, filled with peanut butter oatmeal, topped with peanuts, chocolate, raspberry chia jam, and strawberries, and a drizzle of peanut butter, on a white marble counter.

PB&J Oatmeal

  • Author: Christin Gillespie
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Classic PB&J Oatmeal tastes like a time machine back to childhood. It’s the perfect combination of peanut buttery and fruity flavors in one bowl. This recipe is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and made in just 10 minutes. You’ll love this quick, wholesome, and no sugar added oatmeal recipe!


Ingredients

Scale

For the peanut butter oatmeal:

Chia jam:

  • 1/2 cups fresh or frozen berries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Optional toppings


Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the mashed banana, flax seeds, rolled oats, and non-dairy milk. Simmer until milk has absorbed into the oats, stirring frequently to prevent burning, about 5-8 minutes. Remove the oatmeal from heat and stir in the peanut butter.
  • Meanwhile, while the oats are cooking, add the raspberries, or berries of choice, into a separate pan with a splash of water and heat over a medium heat. Once they start to melt and become nice and juicy. Remove from heat and stir in chia seeds.
  • Pour the oats in a serving bowl and top with some of the homemade raspberry chia jam, fresh strawberries, peanuts, and a drizzle of creamy peanut butter.

Notes

  • For the best texture, I suggest using rolled oats, but you can use quick oats, or if you have more time, you can also use steel cut oats.
  • If you prefer your oatmeal to be thicker, you can cook your oats on the stovetop for a couple more minutes. On the other hand, if you prefer it thinner, cook your oats for a slightly less time.
  • Be sure your banana is ripe. The more ripe your banana is, the sweeter your oatmeal will be.
  • Use your favorite kind of berry for the chia jam.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Bowl
  • Calories: 505kcal
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Sodium: 134mg
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 77g
  • Protein: 16g

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