Re-think your morning bowl of oats with this creamy, chocolatey oatmeal drizzled with warm peanut butter and topped with banana slices.
We eat a lot of oatmeal, especially during the cold winter months, so I was excited to get busy in the kitchen when Milk Means More asked me to help celebrate “We Heart Oats” month this February.
Whole grains like oats are also an important tool to help prevent heart disease so it’s only fitting that I’m sharing this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal recipe during American Heart Month.
Of course, smart nutrition only makes sense it if tastes delicious which is why I know you’re going to love this creamy, chocolatey bowl of oatmeal drizzled with melted peanut butter and banana slices.
If you typically cook your oats with water and top it with raisins and brown sugar, you might want to re-think your morning routine. While tasty, you’re essentially starting your day with a bowl of carbs. (Hello vending machine at 10am!)
To give these oats more staying power, I cook them in protein-rich milk then top it with creamy peanut butter for a healthy dose of omega-3 rich fats. This powerful combination of protein, fiber and fat is the key to long lasting energy that will keep your blood sugar stable all morning long.
What is your favorite way to eat oatmeal? Here are a few other delicious ideas if you need more inspiration:
Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies from Amy’s Healthy Baking
Skinny Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie from Gimme Some Oven
Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls from Oh My Veggies
Oatmeal Cake from Taste and Tell
Lemon Coconut Overnight Oats from My Whole Food Life
Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Sweet Potato from Foodie Crush
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- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 cups milk - 2% reduced fat
- 2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup creamy natural peanut butter
- banana slices - for topping
- Whisk together milk, water, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a sauce pot over medium heat. When bubbles begin to form around the edges, add oats and stir.
- Bring oats to a low boil then reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is absorbed and oats are chewy, 5-6 minutes.
- While oatmeal is cooking, heat the peanut butter in the microwave until smooth, about 30 seconds.
- Pour oatmeal into four bowls and drizzle each bowl with a tablespoon of melted peanut butter. Top with banana slices to serve.
Disclosure: I am honored to be a Dairy Ambassador for Milk Means More. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Lemon Bowl possible. As always, all thoughts are my own.