Apricot PB&J Oatmeal (& Basic Apricot Oatmeal)

Is there any fruit I won’t combine with PB&J? The answer is no. I will not rest until every fruit has been PB&J-ified.

Apricot PB and J Oatmeal #oatmealartist #vegan

Once upon a time, I scowled at apricots. “They are a bad version of peaches,” I said. I stand by my claim that they are inferior to peaches (which are my favorite fruit), but I no longer hate them. This came about after eating dried apricots multiple times a week for my morning snack and added diced apricot to my beloved kale salads.

Apricot PB and J Oatmeal #vegan #oatmealartist

Thus, when fresh apricots appeared at Trader Joe’s, as they do every January, I happily bought a crate. Despite having many apricot ideas on The List, my first thought was PB&J. Naturally.

Apricot PB and J Oatmeal #vegan

However, when I made this recipe, I realized that apricots have incredible potential. Just as I have recipes for Basic Banana Oatmeal and variations, you can do the same with apricot. It has a surprisingly versatile flavor. I have always noticed how peaches lose some of their pow in oatmeal, but I finally recognized that this can be advantageous. If you’re the type of person who loves a simple base with wow-factor toppings, apricot oatmeal could be your next adventure.

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Apricot PB&J Oatmeal (& Basic Apricot Oatmeal)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

    For Basic Apricot Oatmeal:
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats
  • 1-2 fresh apricots (I used 1 and a half)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp lemon juice (or lemon zest) [optional, but recommended!]
  • 1-3 tsp maple or apricot syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • For PB&J variation:
  • 1-2 tbsp jam or jelly of choice (try apricot!)
  • 1-2 nut butter of choice

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/4 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Dice, grate, or puree apricot and add to oatmeal. I grated one full apricot and diced half an apricot.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cinnamon, lemon juice/zest, maple or apricot syrup, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (coconut, pomegranate, nuts, etc.). If making PB&J oatmeal, swirl in your jam of choice and top with nut butter.

Apricot PB and J Oatmeal by the #oatmealartist #vegan

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

4 Responses to Apricot PB&J Oatmeal (& Basic Apricot Oatmeal)

  1. Looks fantastic!! 🙂 Where would one find apricot syrup?

  2. Sandra Florie says:

    Dried apricots are amazing! I know that eating seasonal is better for the environment but it’s too hard for me to wait until summer to get my apricot/stone-fruit fix. Since I also have a bag of dried apricots from my impulsive Costco run, I really appreciate the inspiration from this post to use the dried apricots in future oatmeal recipes

  3. Cassie says:

    Apricots, apricots, the magical fruit! I love eating them fresh so much, and they make gorgeous toppings! I never would’ve thought of pairing them with peanut butter and jelly, but now that sounds amaaaaaazing!

  4. Kelsey says:

    This is so good! I like that the apricots provide a bit of tartness to balance out the sweetness of the jam.

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