Berry Blackout Oatmeal

All of my favorite recipes just made a baby.


It’s Brownie Batter + Fudgy Banana & PB + Nutty ‘Nana Berry. It’s the best threesome ever, and their baby is a GODDESS. YOU MUST MAKE THIS NOW. Cocoa powder + banana is my favorite oatmeal base. Strawberries are my favorite fruit topping. Peanut butter is MY LIFE. And this is CHOCOLATE peanut butter, so it’s obviously the best thing that’s ever happened to me.



This was perfection, but if you’re looking for variations, you could raspberries instead of strawberries. Even cherries would work! You could also use chocolate almond butter or Nutella. Using regular peanut butter would also be delicious, but it would no longer qualify as “blackout” oatmeal.


Are you seeing that perfection? I’m dying.

Berry Blackout Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking steel-cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp chocolate nut butter, PB2, or Faux-reo PB2
  • handful of strawberries

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. Mash banana thoroughly and add to the oatmeal.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with sliced or quartered strawberries, nut butter, and a splash of your milk of choice. Other possible toppings are peanuts, sliced or slivered almonds, chocolate chips, or shredded coconut.


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.

16 Responses to Berry Blackout Oatmeal

  1. JTD2011 says:

    I made something simple this morning for baked oatmeal. I used your peanut butter banana baked oatmeal recipe as a base. I added honey (I think that came from your Elvis oatmeal recipe). I added chocolate chips and diced strawberries. Yum!

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  3. Ilona says:

    This looks like perfection! πŸ™‚

  4. teenager ;) says:

    I love it! chocolate nut butter looks amazing! πŸ™‚ and I’m sure that it also tastes great!

  5. This looks absolutely amazing! I’ll have to try this sometime this week, with lots of Dark Chocolate Dreams!

    • Made it! And as I suspected, it was totally delicious! The only change I made was to add Dark Chocolate Dreams at the bottom of the bowl, as well as on top of the oatmeal πŸ™‚

      • Lyndsey B says:

        I made this recipe with Dark Chocolate Dreams as well. I love PB and Co, their White Chocolate Wonderful is divine πŸ™‚ I didn’t try it with the peanut butter at the bottom, though it sounds so delicious!! I bet it gets super gooey and warm…

        • Lauren Smith says:

          I can’t have their White Chocolate Wonderful anymore because it’s not vegan. πŸ™ But that’s okay; I didn’t love it, truthfully. It reminded me of a Butterfingers, and I don’t like those. But Dark Chocolate Dreams is <333333 I can't buy it anymore because I eat it too fast and get a stomachache. πŸ˜›

      • Kelsey says:

        Peanut butter at the bottom of the bowl?? I think that’s the best idea I’ve ever heard.

  6. Farah Cuenca says:

    What is on top of your oats? It looks like pudding, or are those the oats? It looks delish!

  7. Christine says:

    I used Nutella in this recipe. The oatmeal tasted phenomenal!

  8. Christine says:

    I didn’t have steel cut oats or oat bran this morning, so I made this with Farina, which is similar to Cream of Wheat. The cereal tasted great! So rich and creamy. I prefer oats, but am not a fan of steel cut. I’m going to try using the Farina for your other recipes that call for steel cut oats.

  9. Queena says:

    Lauren. Oh. My. Gosh. I just made an exact baked version of this this morning. I mixed chocolate nut butter (not completely so I find globs of it in every bite, like you usually do, right?), and topped it with more after it was done from the oven. It was the yummiest, fudgiest, most heavenly thing ever. And I didn’t even use milk (ran out of it), just water! Speaking of which, how do you when it’s better (does this ever happen) to use just water instead of milk in baked oatmeal? ) Is it okay for all recipes, or are there specific ones with ingredients that really need milk (for richness, perhaps)? How about the amount (1/2 or 1/3 cup for baked?)? Would really appreciate it, as I’ve already made almost all of your baked recipes for which I have available ingredients and am currently experimenting with your stove-top ones to get to bake them! Thank you!

  10. Kelsey says:

    Okay this is amazing! I used it as a “clear out the fridge” dinner with strawberries, raspberries, pomegranate, and blueberries. I see why its one of your favorites (:

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