Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal

Hey guys! Today I thought I would share with you one of my favorite recipes that I have concocted lately. It may seem a bit weird, but trust me, this is so cozy and delicious and relatively healthy. (No added sugars – unless you’re like me and add brown sugar or honey at the end – haha.) It started when I purchased two jars of PB2 – one of original peanut butter and one of the chocolate peanut butter variation. I wanted to try using it in different ways other than just reconstituting it and using it as actual peanut butter in a sandwich or with fruit. So I was making oatmeal one day, and I usually place a half banana in my oatmeal to sweeten it up and add some interest, but I decided to throw in some chocolate PB2 and it was absolutely delicious. It tastes like oatmeal that has bananas and Reese’s peanut butter cups in it. Delicious. I like to add cinnamon on top sometimes for an extra special bit of “wow”.

Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal
Serves 1
A healthy and delicious, simple oatmeal recipe perfect for cozy mornings. Bananas add sweetness, while powdered chocolate peanut butter adds an indulgent richness without all of the calories.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  2. ½ cup water
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 1-2 tbs chocolate PB-2 (powdered peanut butter) alternatively just use peanut butter or nutella to taste
  5. ½ medium banana, very ripe
Optional Toppings
  1. Truvia or Splenda sweeteners
  2. handful of nuts
  3. ground cinnamon
  4. brown sugar or honey
Instructions
  1. Add water to saucepan, bring to a boil.
  2. Add oats, stir, and bring heat down to low-medium (enough to keep a slow boil).
  3. Add banana, mash and stir into the cooking oats.
  4. Add PB2 (powdered peanut butter) or traditional peanut butter/hazelnut spread.
  5. Optionally, add honey or brown sugar if you desire a sweeter oatmeal.
Notes
  1. Tip: If you are going to multiply this recipe for more than one person, everything will translate equally, however follow your oats' instructions for multiple servings, and don't use quite as much banana as the multiplier would suggest.
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Feel free to pin this recipe to your Pinterest boards for yummy snacking later! Happy cooking and I’ll see you guys in my next post! Check out my other food-related posts!

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No, seriously. Enjoy. It’s that good.

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