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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

    Rethink your breakfast with this creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal drizzled with warm peanut butter and topped with banana slices.

    Liz drizzling peanut butter on top of chocolate oatmeal

    We eat a lot of oatmeal, especially during the cold winter months, and so I love coming up with new ways to keep the flavors interesting. Some of my most popular oatmeal recipes include Apple Banana Nut Oatmeal, The Ultimate 90-Second Microwave Oatmeal, and Quick Banana Oatmeal with Flax.

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    Whole grains like oats are an important tool to help prevent heart disease, maintain a healthy weight, and stable blood sugar. The protein in the peanut butter and milk help keep you full making this breakfast a quick but super nutritious option.

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    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.

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    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!)

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    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.

    How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal:

    My oatmeal recipe is super quick and easily adaptable to whatever flavors and ingredients you’re craving.

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    First, you’ll need to whisk the milk and water together with the salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and cocoa, and bring it to a low boil.

    Whisking milk and ingredients together for oatmeal

    Next, add your oats. You can easily adjust this recipe by serving size using the handy tool within the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

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    Last, microwave the peanut butter while the oatmeal is cooking and drizzle it on top before serving. Feel free to add fruit on top like bananas or strawberries.

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    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Should I make oatmeal with milk or water?

    You can make oatmeal with either, but I recommend milk because it adds extra protein, healthy fats, and calcium to keep you full.

    What can I replace peanut butter with if I’m allergic?

    Any kind of nut butter would do just fine like almond or cashew. There are also a lot of tree nut alternatives like seed butters such as sunflower butter, soy butter or pea butter.

    Are oats healthy?

    Yes. They’re gluten-free and whole grain. Oats are also a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants helpful for weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, and a reduced risk of heart disease.

    Liz eating chocolate peanut butter oatmeal

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    Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

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    Rethink your breakfast with this creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal drizzled with warm peanut butter and topped with banana slices.
    PREP: 2 mins
    COOK: 6 mins
    TOTAL: 8 mins
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    Servings: 4

    Ingredients
     

    • 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
    • slices banana (for topping)

    Instructions
     

    • 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.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 13.6gFat: 14.1gSaturated Fat: 4.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 430mgFiber: 7.4gSugar: 12.3g
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    34 Comments

    1. This looks delicious. I am curious how it tastes without any sweetener in it though… I’m not a fan of adding any sweetener but fruit to my breaky, but I find cocoa needs something. Has anyone out there tried the recipe?

    2. I “discovered” oatmeal almost two years ago after never having eaten it my entire life except for in a cookie & in an attempt to give up sugar have become totally addicted to it! My friends have nicknamed me “Oats” & I even threw a National Oatmeal Day party last October! Thanks so much for this recipe – I will be adding this to my current plethora of oats selections! Love your blog btw!

    3. You are so right on about adding protein just by cooking oats in milk. I have thought about switching it up on the kids, they would never know and it would taste even better really!! Really though..you had me at chocolate, peanut butter and banana… :) This looks incredible.

    4. I sort of forgot to scroll down after seeing your first photo… The PB is so mesmerizing and makes your oatmeal look incredible! I’d definitely be happy starting my day with a bowl of this! :) And thank you for mentioning my oatmeal cookies too — you’re so sweet Liz! Pinned!

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