Everyone knows about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and everyone knows about oatmeal but has anyone ever thought about combining them to make a beautiful new creation!? Peanut butter and jelly oatmeal! I mean you've probably thought of it, everything has been done before and nothing is new buttttt I promise this recipe will blow your mind!
Growing up our parents and grandparents would always try and feed us bland mush and call it oatmeal. Every time we would resist it! I'm not blaming our parents or grandparents for not knowing that oatmeal could be so amazing, they didn't have access to the internet like us so they had an excuse. Us on the other hand have zero excuses to continuing to think oatmeal is a bland, tasteless mushy endeavor. We have access to the internet and I'm here to teach all about how amazing oatmeal can be! This peanut butter and jelly oatmeal recipe will be sure to change your mind!
If you've been following me for a while now, you know I like oatmeal... like I really like oatmeal. I started a gang around it on my youtube channel, if you want to join all you have to do is send me pics of your oatmeal and use the hashtag #oatmealgang when you post about oatmeal. Easy right!?
Okay, if you're new here you might think I've lost it, and you wouldn't be wrong lol but hear me out on this oatmeal really is the best, everyone has just been sleeping on it forever because they had super bland oatmeal as kids.
The thing is though not only does oatmeal come in several different forms but what you decide to top it with and mix in is endless! So let's talk about oats!
Types of Oatmeal
Like I said before the possibilities are really endless! With how many plant based milks there are now and how many fruits are available you should never get tired of oatmeal.
One of the things I hear the most when people tell me they don't like oatmeal is that they hate the consistency, and to that, I say grow up! Just kidding! But seriously there are two main types of oatmeal; Large flake rolled oats and Steel cut oats. Both oats are amazing in their own regard and have very different profiles (nutrition, consistency, taste) so I'll take you through both and you can decide which is better!
The majority of people when they think of oatmeal, whether they know it or not, think of rolled oats. Rolled oats are found in everything. Quick-cooking rolled oats are what used in an instant oatmeal pack. Rolled oats bind oatmeal cookies and granola. They're also the oats that most of our parents and grandparents used to make oatmeal. They're thin flakes and absorb whatever liquid you cook them in to make them soft and edible. Doing this also makes them mushy, and most people cook them in water so it makes them bland and tasteless as well. Although I do really love rolled oats you do have to add a lot to them to make them beautiful creations.
Steel-cut oats on the hand are basically the complete opposite of all of that. They are much harder to work with and you'll find them in almost no recipes. They take significantly longer to cook than their rolled counterparts and texture-wise they have more grit and crunch to them. Although that all sounds negative it's not, I really do love steel-cut oats and recommend most people eat them instead.
Today's recipe (and most of my oat recipes) call for steel cut oats. They're more appealing for everyone, because who doesn't like a good crunch!
Now that we have a good understanding let's talk nutrition!
Nutrition Profile: Steel Cut Oats
Steel-cut oats are heartier than their rolled counterparts. As such less is needed to get the same amount of calories per serving. 1 cup of steel-cut oats is 606 calories, whereas 1 cup of rolled oats is 307 calories.
It's important to remember that not all calories are created equal and that we should be trying to get as many calories as possible from high-quality sources. Steel-cut oats are an extremely high-quality source of calories. For around the same amount of calories, you'd get in a big mac you're getting: 20g less fat, 15g more of fiber, and the same amount of protein. Not to mention all of the micronutrients you're getting from steel-cut oats that you're not getting in the Big Mac.
I chose 1 cup of dry Steel Cut Oats as the serving size for nutrition because that's what the recipe calls for. This would normally feed two people, but I generally eat this all myself. I typically need a lot more calories than someone who lives a less active lifestyle. So most people should half this recipe or share it with someone they love! lol
1 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories706
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Sodium 9mg 1%
- Potassium 579mg 17%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
- Sugars 1g
- Protein 26g 52%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
How-To Make Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal:
Step 1. Add your steel-cut oats to a saucepan.
Step 2. Add your milk into the saucepan and bring to a boil. Stirring occasionally.
Step 3. In a separate sauce pan add fruit and sugar on medium-high heat.
Step 4. Add juice from a fresh lemon. Stir in and break the fruit down.
Step 5. Bring both to a boil and reduce hit and let simmer.
Step 6. Let them simmer for 15 minutes then remove from heat.
Step 7. Scoop steel-cut oats into a bowl. Scoop homemade jam and peanut butter on top. Mix-in.
Step 8. Voila! A beautiful bowl of peanut butter and jelly oatmeal.
Congratulations you're now apart of the Oatmeal Gang! Don't forget to send me pictures of your oatmeal!
See it's really not that difficult to make oatmeal taste delicious! Plus oats are so nutritious that really we should all be trying to figure out how to get more of them in our diets every day! Stay tuned because there will be many more oatmeal recipes to come!
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Kitchen equipment I used:
- The world’s sharpest knife set - my personal opinion but I have cut myself a bunch of times with them lol)
- Pot set we're currently using - Honestly, I'm pretty happy with this set! I got it 70% off at Canadian Tire which if you know CT that's the regular price everywhere else lol but it's a solid set that durable for me so far and priced pretty good for what you get!
- Oats we used - Oats are pretty widely available at most grocery stores but if for whatever reason you can't get them or you just want to know what oats we used these are them!
- Monkfruit healthy sugar replacer - Monkfruit on the other hand can be very difficult to find and even if you do it can be fairly expensive. This is a great price for a 3-pound bag.
- Cruelty-Free, Dog-Friendly Cleaner - It's important for us to use products that aren't going to make the friends we're trying to protect sick. This is a great brand we love to use that's safe and effective!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal
- 1 cup Steel-Cut Oats quick-cooking
- 2 cups Soy milk unsweetened-vanilla
- 1 cup Frozen Berries 4 berry blend
- 3 tablespoon Monk Fruit Extract
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice fresh squeezed
- 0.25 cup Maple Syrup optional
- 3 tablespoon All-Natural Peanut Butter
- Add oats and milk to a saucepan on med-high heat.
- Bring oats to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat and let simmer.
- In a separate saucepan add fruit, monk fruit sugar, and juice of half a lemon, on med-high.
- Use a fork to break the fruit down as it heats up. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer.
- Let simmer for about 15 min, or until desired consistency of oatmeal is achieved.
- Scoop oatmeal into a bowl and add natural peanut butter and homemade jelly on top!
- The Jelly is quite runny if you don't add syrup or agave to it. I chose not to add syrup/agave to the homemade jelly recipe because the monk fruit does a good job of making it sweet, and I mix everything together so I don’t need the jelly to be thick.
- Bonus this recipe has about 25 g of protein per one person serving!