Daily Archives: November 8, 2011

Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal

It’s simple, it’s quick, and it’s worth waking up for.

The start to a perfect morning...

I started making peanut butter and banana oatmeal on my 5:30 am mornings to get me out of bed and give me some long-lasting brain food for those marathon work mornings.  I just love peanut butter, and these big bowls of fluffy goodness are so satisfying.

Here’s a quick how-to, and be sure to let me know how yours turn out:

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of your nut of preference (I usually use almonds, cashews, or walnuts)

Just under 2/3 cup of your preferred kind of milk (I prefer a fuller fat milk because it seems to make the oatmeal fluffier, but you can even use water or soy milk)

1/2 cup of quick oats

1/2 banana to a full ripe banana, mashed (depending on how much you prefer)

1 heaping tablespoon of peanut butter

Brown sugar to taste

Then follow these five simple steps:

1.  Toast your nuts on the stove for 4-5 minutes until they start to brown and then chop.

2.  Heat milk to a boil in sauce pan.

3.  When milk boils, add oats, banana, and peanut butter.  Stir for about a minute, and then reduce heat to medium.

4.  When the oatmeal starts to stick, (or preferably before!), after about 1-2 minutes, dump oats into your favorite bowl, and top with chopped nuts and brown sugar, and any other toppings you like.

5.  Enjoy with a large mug of coffee, and alongside a productive morning!

The perfect bowl of oatmeal.