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eatingbirdfood.com · Jan 2, 2017

Peanut Butter Banana Chia Oatmeal

The ultimate healthy breakfast recipe, this peanut butter banana oatmeal is creamy, voluminous and will keep you full all morning long! Plus it only takes about 10 minutes to make. Each bowl has around 370 calories, 17 grams of fiber (woot!), and 11 grams of protein.

Happy 2017! I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend. I started the New Year with a vinyasa yoga class at Om On Yoga and then spent some time in the kitchen… meal prepping and whipping up a garlicky greens and black-eyed peas dish (similar to this recipe) for good measure — so ready for all good luck and cash $ that’s going to be coming my way now.

Anyhow, I decided we’d start the year with one of my absolute favorite oatmeal recipes that somehow has never made it to the blog.

Several years ago this oatmeal combo with banana, chia seeds and pb was my daily breakfast for months on end. At some point I switched things up and sort of forgot about peanut butter banana oatmeal but this winter I started making it again and was quickly reminded just how delicious it is.

As a volume eater I love being able to eat a big bowl of something while still feeing good about it. That why I love salads so much!

Oatmeal, especially when made with extra water and pumped up with bananas and chia seeds, is a volume eater’s best friend. The trick is using double the amount of liquid typically recommended. Most old fashioned oatmeal packages recommend a 1:2 ratio so 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup of water, but when I make oatmeal I do 1/2 cup oats and 1 1/2 – 2 cups of water (or non-diary milk). The oats take a little bit longer to cook, but they easily soak up all the liquid resulting in a much larger portion.

With this recipe, the banana and chia seeds help too. The banana slices add sweetness, but they also soften and expand making the oats extra voluminous while the chia seeds pack in a ton of nutrition and make the oats fluffy and thick. The key is making sure you stir the oats while cooking so the banana slices break down and the chia seeds get even distributed rather than clumping in one spot. No one likes clumps of chia.

And let’s not forget the peanut butter topping! It may not add a ton of volume but it gives the oats a delicious nutty flavor and a boost of healthy fat and protein, which will help keep you full through a busy morning. My trick for making it super drizzly? Add 1/2 teaspoon melted coconut oil to 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter and stir to combine. The peanut butter will thin and you can get your drizzle on.

Of course, peanut butter and banana is one of the best combos ever so it makes sense that this peanut butter banana oatmeal is sooo good. If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast recipe to add to your rotation for the New Year, this would be a great recipe to try. Each bowl has around 370 calories, 17 grams of fiber (woot!), and 11 grams of protein!

Peanut Butter Banana Chia Oatmeal
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Cook time 10 mins
Total time 10 mins
Author: Brittany Mullins Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 banana, sliced (save a few for topping)
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3 cups of water, non-diary milk or a blend of both
  • 2 Tablespoons peanut butter or another type of nut butter

Instructions
  1. Add oats, banana slices, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt to a pot. Add water and stir to combine. Heat over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Be sure to stir the oats several times while cooking to make sure the banana slices melt into the oats and the chia seeds don’t clump. You’ll know the oatmeal is done when all the liquid is absorbed and the oats are thick and fluffy.
  2. Portion oats into two bowls and serve with peanut butter, banana slices, and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Add a splash of non-diary milk and/or maple syrup on top before serving, if desired.

Notes I like making two servings so I can save one for the next day, but if you don’t like eating leftover oats and are only cooking for yourself, simply cut all ingredients in half.
Nutrition Information Serving size: 1 bowl Calories: 369 Fat: 12g Carbohydrates: 61g Sugar: 10g Fiber: 17g Protein: 11g
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