A healthy, easy, and filling breakfast that tastes like dessert! Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal will become your new favorite way to prepare oatmeal.
If you’ve been following along with my blog and Instagram for a while, you know that oatmeal is perhaps my favorite food on the planet. I eat oatmeal for breakfast 99 percent of the time, and I truly never get over it!
I love oatmeal because it is healthy, easy to make, and the flavor combinations are endless. You can add so many good toppings, including fresh fruit, nuts, spices…and CHOCOLATE.
This chocolate peanut butter oatmeal combines two of my OTHER favorite foods – chocolate and peanut butter. It’s perfect for those mornings when you’re really craving dessert, but want the health benefits and fullness factor that comes with a bowl of oatmeal.
Ingredients in chocolate peanut butter oatmeal
One of the best parts of this recipe is that you only need 5 ingredients to make it! You probably have most, if not all of them in your kitchen right now.
Oatmeal: I primarily make old fashioned rolled oats when I prepare oatmeal, because I enjoy the chewy texture and fast cooking time. You can sub quick oats or steel cut oats for this recipe, just know that you will have to adjust the cooking time.
Chia seeds: These seeds add an extra boost of fiber, healthy fats, and plant-based protein to your oatmeal.
Banana: My favorite way to sweeten oatmeal is with ripe mashed banana. Just stir it in as the oats are cooking and it adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
Cocoa/cacao powder: You can use 100% cocoa or cacao powder in this recipe. This is where the rich chocolate flavor comes from.
Peanut butter: Creamy or chunky, you can use your favorite kind of peanut butter for this recipe. I prefer to use natural peanut butter, because it has just one ingredient (peanuts!) and has a runny texture that’s easy to stir into oatmeal.
Oatmeal is a whole grain cereal that packs a nutrition punch. It’s affordable, readily available in grocery stores, and easy to prepare.
Oats provide a good amount of dietary fiber, including soluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, forming a gel-like consistency. Because of this, soluble fiber can bind to cholesterol, and can help lower cholesterol levels.
Oats have 2 grams of soluble fiber per 1/2 cup (uncooked) serving. Aim to get 6 to 8 grams of soluble fiber a day to reap the benefits. Other foods that have soluble fiber include apples, black beans, avocados, and Brussels sprouts.
Peanut butter nutrition
Peanut butter sometimes gets a bad rap for being high in calories, but it is an incredibly nutrient-dense food. Enjoying peanut butter in moderation is a perfectly healthy way to get lots of nutrients.
Because peanut butter has protein and healthy fats, a little goes a long way in terms of keeping you full. Adding 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter to oatmeal increases the satiety factor of the meal, so you won’t be hungry an hour after finishing breakfast.
How to make chocolate peanut butter oatmeal
First, bring water (or milk of choice) to a boil in a small saucepan on the stovetop.
Add the oats to the boiling water and reduce to a simmer. Stir in the chia seeds. Let cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally as the oats begin to thicken up.
Once the oats have reached your desired thickness consistency, stir in mashed banana and cacao powder.
Immediately serve chocolate oatmeal in bowls. Drizzle on a spoonful of peanut butter and stir to mix everything together. Add a handful of chocolate chips, too, if you are feeling extra fancy.
This recipe makes two servings, but can easily be halved to make a single serving meal.