- Real oats (I use Quaker Old Fashioned Oats; NOT the individual packets)
- Peanut Butter
- Whatever else you want
- Cook the oats as normal (if you don’t have oatmeal a lot, the directions are on the box). Consistency doesn’t matter, although I’d err on the watery side vs. thick
- Use the spoon you’re going to eat with to put about a tablespoon/0.5 cup oats of peanut butter into the oatmeal. If you do this right away, the peanut butter will melt off your spoon as you stir and gradually blend into the oatmeal. Using your spoon eliminates mess.
- Add a healthy squirt of honey from the bottle to the oatmeal. Mix thoroughly. After the peanut butter, the oatmeal will be pretty thick; the honey will smooth it out.
- Add your additives (I’m adding raisins and sunflower seeds right now, but any good additives like banana, nuts, granola, etc will work great! Also, try substituting maple syrup for honey and Nutella for Peanut Butter at times.)
The effect of this recipe is a fantastic oatmeal that is really creamy. The peanut butter melts into the oatmeal making a smooth, tasty meal. Peanut butter also adds some protein to the meal, making it a full meal: complex carbs (oats), simple carbs (honey), protein (peanut butter), and some fats as well. If you add nuts or granola or raisins, you’ll also get some great texture into the oatmeal as well, which always makes it fun to eat.
One note: This oatmeal can be really rich (I’m particularly adverse to rich food), so eating the oatmeal while drinking chocolate soy or almond milk will make it a lot better. Also, chocolate+peanut butter, am I right?
Top secret tip (TST): The bigger the peanut butter jar, the more peanut butter you end up scooping b/c it’s easier to scoop more. Be careful (or take advantage of it!)