If you've been in a rut with your morning oats and want something different but not go over the top and get off track with your healthy eating groove, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal is a must-try for breakfast! It's vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and has no added sugar.
This recipe uses steel cut oats. You can use rolled oats, but the steel cut oats provide a beautiful nuttiness and hearty texture.
The sweetness of the banana and dates balances the nuttiness in the peanut butter and bitterness in the cacao or carob.
The chia seeds adds more texture as well as ALA omega 3 fatty acids—an essential fat we get must get from our diet.
Finishing this oatmeal off with a nice drizzle of unsweetened almond milk (or any plant-based milk) makes it the perfect bite. The store-bought almond milk is fine, but homemade almond milk takes it up another notch.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal has 7 key ingredients:
- Steel cut (or Irish) oats
- Carob or cacao powder
- Chia seeds
- Peanut butter (or almond butter)
- Unsweetened almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
How to prepare
- Bring water and steel-cut oats to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20–30 minutes uncovered until oats are cooked.
- Stir in carob or cacao powder until well incorporated.
- Before serving, warm peanut butter in the microwave for 15–20 seconds to soften.
- Transfer oats to two individual bowls and top with dates, banana, chia seeds, peanut butter and unsweetened almond milk. Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! It's delicious and nutritious. Peanut butter is not only yummy, its an excellent source of niacin, a nutrient that helps your body turn food into energy. As a healthy plant fat, peanut butter is also a good source of vitamin B6, magnesium and cooper. So adding peanut butter to your oatmeal is a good thing! However, if you're trying to lose weight, check out the next question.
Not really. If you're trying to lose weight, either omit or go very easy on the peanut butter because it is a high-calorie-dense food. One tablespoon of peanut has about 100 calories. Since this recipe makes two servings, you add 50 calories to each bowl. If you want the peanut butter essence but not the extra calories, consider reducing this to 1 teaspoon.
If you have some leftover or you're meal prepping this breakfast, store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Freezing is not recommended.
If you're wild about peanut butter like we are, check out these recipes:
- Muriwo Unedovi (Peanut Butter Greens)
- Peanut Buddha Bowl Sauce
- Peanut Butter Greens Buddha Bowl
- Asian Salad in a Jar with Peanut Sauce
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