Quick and EASY Peanut Butter Oatmeal
This Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal is the first thing I think of when I need some breakfast in a hurry, and this delicious oatmeal is vegan, dairy-free, low-glycemic, South Beach Diet approved for phase 2, and it can be gluten-free if you use gluten-free oatmeal! Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
Most people who cook at home regularly have favorite recipes they make over and over, and this Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal that I learned to make from fellow food blogger Alanna Kellogg back in October 2006 is without a doubt my favorite thing to make when I need a really quick breakfast. This simple four ingredient breakfast treat combines microwaved extra-thick oatmeal with a generous scoop of peanut butter, for a simple easy breakfast that tastes delicious and will keep you going until lunch.
At my house I keep the oatmeal measured out into containers with a little salt added, so in the morning all I need to do is add water, microwave the oatmeal, and add peanut butter. But there is a little technique to the recipe or the oatmeal will bubble over in the microwave. And if you have a 4-cup glass measuring cup, that’s the perfect tall container for making two servings. (Of course if you don’t have a microwave or don’t want to use it, you can make regular oatmeal on the stove and then stir in the peanut butter, although that breakfast won’t be quite as quick and easy.)
What Type of Oatmeal Do I Use for Peanut Butter Oatmeal?
There are three types of oatmeal: instant oatmeal, quick oatmeal, and regular oatmeal (also called rolled oats). Some people also like steel cut oats, which are even more nutritious but not suitable for microwave cooking like this! Here’s some information about all the types of oats from Cook’s Thesaurus.
Since less processed foods are lower on the glycemic index, regular oatmeal is best for carb-conscious eaters or South Beach Dieters. I always use Bob’s Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats for this recipe. (That’s an affiliate link, and because I know some of you are wondering, Bob’s Red Mill has not compensated me in any way to promote their oatmeal!)
Can Peanut Butter Oatmeal Be Made Ahead?
I knew some of you who scramble to even find a couple of minutes in the morning would want to know this, so I tried it, and yes you can make this, refrigerate overnight, and then heat the next day. Add a bit of water and microwave for about 1 minute to reheat. However, you’re only saving minutes, and it’s much better freshly made.
Tips for Making Peanut Butter Oatmeal:
The basic ratio for Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal is one part oatmeal to not quite two parts water. I use 1/3-1/2 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats for a single serving for myself, depending on how hungry I am that day. Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt for each portion of oatmeal. Then microwave the oatmeal until it’s done (see below for timing), add the peanut butter and let it melt, and stir. That’s it. And peanut butter oatmeal is meatless, vegan, South Beach Diet Phase Two, dairy-free, kid-friendly, has only a few ingredients, and is easy to cook!
I like chunky peanut butter best in this for a little extra crunch. And if you’re a mom or dad who’s making breakfast for kids it would be easy to turn this into peanut butter and jelly oatmeal, which would still be a really nutritious breakfast for a school-day morning.
For two servings of oatmeal, you’ll need about 1 cup rolled oats (not instant), 1 3/4 cups of water (or a little more if you like thinner oatmeal), and a little salt. Stir the oatmeal, water, and salt together in a 4-cup glass measuring cup (or a bowl with high sides) and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Then stir and cook the oatmeal 40-60 seconds more, stirring once or twice, until it’s as thick and soft as you prefer.
Add 3-4 tablespoons peanut butter, let it melt a couple of minutes, then stir into the oatmeal.
That’s it! Peanut butter oatmeal is easy and delicious for a quick healthful breakfast.
More Tasty Ideas with Oatmeal:
Baked Blueberry Oatmeal ~ Nutmeg Nanny
CrockPot Make-Ahead Apple Pie Oatmeal ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Joyful Almond Oatmeal ~ Apron Strings
Low-Sugar Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins with Lemon ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with Raisins and Pecans ~ The Perfect Pantry
Strawberry Overnight Oats ~ Family Food on the Table
Quick and EASY Peanut Butter Oatmeal
This Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal makes a great breakfast in a hurry!
- 2/3 to 1 cup oatmeal
- 1 3/4 cup water (or slightly more if you prefer a thinner oatmeal)
- about 1/4 tsp. salt (or to taste, but do not leave out the salt)
- 3-4 T peanut butter (for South Beach Diet be sure to get peanut butter without added sugar, check the label.)
- Some people like this with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, but I never use that.
- Put 2/3 to 1 cup oatmeal in a 4-cup glass measuring cup (or a microwave-proof bowl with high sides) and sprinkle with salt.
- Stir in 1 3/4 cup warm water, or slightly more, depending on how thick you like your finished oatmeal.
- Microwave for two minutes on high, remove from microwave and stir.
- Continue to microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each 20 seconds, until oatmeal reaches the desired consistency.
- The oatmeal in these photos was cooked for three minutes, but you may prefer it slightly more chewy or softer, so experiment to get the consistency you like.
- Be sure to use a container with high sides or the oatmeal will boil over when you get to the end of the cooking time.
- Remove oatmeal and add Adams 100% Natural Peanut butter . letting it melt for a minute or so and then stirring into the oatmeal. ( Always use chunky peanut butter)
- Sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired.
- Serve hot.
- Recipe can be cut in half or increased as desired.
I always use Bob’s Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats for this. Be sure you the oats you use are certified Gluten-Free if needed; some oats are not gluten-free.
This recipe created and generously shared by my friend Alanna.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Oatmeal is too high in carbs for a traditional low-carb diet, but this Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal is low-glycemic and is approved for phase two or three of the South Beach Diet.
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