You can probably imagine how this recipe was born.
Yep: I wanted chocolate oatmeal, but I also wanted PB&J oatmeal.
For a long time, I thought these recipes had to exist separately. But one morning, while feeling particularly stubborn about wanting BOTH recipes, I just tried it. It worked.
I don’t know why I thought it wouldn’t. The jelly choice makes a difference, of course, but it’s really not that serious. Sure, strawberry or raspberry jam makes more sense with chocolate than grape jelly does, but (to my surprise) the grape jam worked, too.
I took this recipe a step further than necessary and made a homemade quick raspberry spread. Although I could have used an actual jar of berry jam, I didn’t want to buy any more jelly just for this recipe. (Friends, I hoard jelly and I already have seven jars in my kitchen already. Don’t even ask me how many jars of nut butter I have.)
Before you start imagining me cooking down raspberries and simmering it with sugar for an hour and letting it cool and then straining out the seeds, I assure you I did nothing like that. I literally just mashed raspberries with a fork and then put them on my oatmeal. Lazy jam. 🙂
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What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water*
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats*
- 1 ripe banana, mashed; or 1/3 cup sweet potato puree + 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 rounded tbsp. [4 tsp] cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 or 2 tbsp fruit preserves, jam, or jelly
- 1 or 2 tbsp peanut butter
How to make it:
- Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to a simmer.
- Add mashed banana (or sweet potato and maple syrup) to the oatmeal. Stir.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with fruit preserves and peanut butter. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (chocolate chips, shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).
Just an FYI:
*You can make this with rolled or quick oats by increasing the liquid to 1 cup and the oats to 1/2 cup. Adapted from my Fudgy Banana & Peanut Butter Oatmeal.