Black Forest PB and J Oatmeal

The frustrating part about moving is having such limited groceries. I’m trying not to purchase any excess food before moving day, which means I’m stuck making oatmeal solely from pantry items. Luckily for you AND me, this gave me a reason to finally share a recipe I’ve been hoarding recently.


It’s easy for me to say that this oatmeal can be whipped up without making an extra trip to the store, but it would be delusional of me to think that everyone keeps chocolate nut butter and cherry jam on hand at all times. I do. ^_^ Thus, when I had no fresh fruit this morning, this was the perfect oatmeal to make.

And yes, this recipe is inspired by–you guessed it–the Peanut Butter & Company Sandwich Shop in NYC.


Note to my fellow banana lovers: I’ve made this with mashed banana before and enjoyed it. It’s admittedly a strange pairing, but if you love banana in your oatmeal as much as I do, you’ll be just fine.

You can also sub in raspberry, strawberry, or a mixed berry jam for the cherry preserves if you cannot find that. Any of those options get the job done.

Black Forest PB and J Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • chocolate nut butter (such as PB&Co's Dark Chocolate Dreams), PB2, or Faux-reo Cookie PB2
  • cherry jam or preserves
  • shredded coconut or coconut chips (I toasted mine)

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/2 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. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract and salt. Stir.
  3. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Swirl in jam and nut butter, sprinkle with coconut, and add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (such as nuts or fresh fruit).

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.

7 Responses to Black Forest PB and J Oatmeal

  1. June Baby says:

    That looks delicious! It’s funny, I have that same exact jam in my fridge right now! Same brand and everything. Guess I’ll have to make this then! 😀

  2. ina says:

    That looks so yummy! Especially the spoon next to the dish… 😉

    xox – ina

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  3. Christine says:

    I bought a jar of cherry preserves today just so I could try this recipe. How much nut butter and preserves would you recommend using? I’m thinking about 1 tablespoon of each.

  4. Christine says:

    I finally got around to trying this recipe this morning! I used a heaping tablespoon of cherry preserves and a serving of Faux-reo Cookie PB2. The preserves added sweetness — which was good because I omitted the sweetener in the Faux-reo spread — but I didn’t really taste the cherry flavor. Next time, I would try upping the preserves and maybe adding fresh cherries for topping.

  5. Christine says:

    I made this again, but in a slightly different way. I stirred in one tablespoon of cherry preserves, and dropped the other tablespoon in small clumps on the top. Instead of swirling the Faux-Reo PB2 into the oatmeal, I used the whole serving as topping. Of course, everything became more mixed as I ate the oatmeal, but it tasted so much better than my first attempt at this recipe! Using some of the preserves as topping allowed me to get little bursts of cherry flavor between chocolate bites. I think this may be one of my new favorite recipes!

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