The flavor of peanut butter and banana together is one of my absolute favorites. Plus, it’s a great combination of protein, healthy fat, and carbs. Adding these flavors to heart-healthy oatmeal makes for one super-powered breakfast. Add this easy Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal to your breakfast rotation.
Oatmeal is a fantastic food to eat for breakfast. In fact, I think it could be the world’s most perfect food. It is pure whole grain, full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and is very filling. It’s also like a blank canvas that tastes good with many different combinations of flavors.
Now, if you are still buying those packets of flavored oatmeal, it’s time to stop, for two reasons. First, those packets have way too much added sugar. You can recreate those same flavors yourself, and be in control of the ingredients that are going in. Second, those packets costs more money than you need to be spending on oatmeal. Buying a box of flavored oatmeal packets (10 packets) will cost you around $2.59. That’s about 26 cents per packet. Compare that to a giant canister of plain oatmeal (30 servings) for $3.69. That’s around 12 cents per serving. That’s almost half the cost! You like to save money, don’t you? No brainer.
Let’s get to the other ingredients. Bananas are perfect to add to oatmeal because they will add sweetness without the need for any added sugar. This fruit will also give you filling fiber and potassium. Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods. As a side note, make sure you are reading labels on your peanut butter, checking for hidden trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients list), and excess sugar and salt. Adding peanut butter to oatmeal gives your breakfast healthy fats and a hefty dose of protein to power you through your morning. Chia seeds add an additional dose of fiber and healthy fats. You could also use flax seeds if you want.
This recipe is so simple. I started by cooking the oatmeal in a small saucepan according to the package. When it was cooked, I poured it in a bowl and immediately stirred in the peanut butter. This helps the peanut butter get all nice and creamy. I always let my oatmeal sit for about 5 minutes to cool off and thicken up a bit.
After 5 minutes, I added the sliced banana and chia seeds, and mixed everything together. I enjoyed my oatmeal with a glass of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
This oatmeal truly tastes like a treat! Plus it keeps me full for hours.