Loaded PB&J Oatmeal


Perhaps I’ve been so successful as a vegetarian because my favorite sandwich is PB&J. In fact, one of my favorite restaurants/coffee shops in town offers this divine, gourmet PB&J. It uses natural peanut butter, homemade mixed berry jam, sliced bananas, and homemade granola, all between locally made bakery bread…and then it’s grilled.


DROOOOOOL. When people ask how I can be a vegetarian, I think of sandwiches like that: so simple and obvious and perfect. I don’t need faux meats and Boca burgers. Often, it’s the simplest ingredients that satisfy me!


In addition to eating PB&J sandwiches like it’s my job, I also use it in my oatmeal frequently. This version, loaded with toppings that remind me of this gourmet panini, may have just become one of my top ten favorite porridges. 🙂


Loaded PB&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 ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp jam or fruit spread
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (increase if you want)
  • pinch of salt
  • 5 or so fresh strawberries (or another berry)
  • handful of granola
  • handful of nuts of choice

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Mash up a ripe banana and add to the oatmeal. Or, you can do what I did: mash 1/2 the banana and add to the oatmeal, and slice the rest later on top.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, a tiny pinch of salt, cinnamon, and jelly. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Drop globs on peanut butter on top and swirl it in. Add sliced strawberries (and bananas), granola, and peanuts. Add a splash of milk and dig in!


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.

8 Responses to Loaded PB&J Oatmeal

  1. Basil says:

    Oh, I love your oatmeal recipes – they are so clever! This one looks great. What could be wrong with PB&J?

  2. imanashhole says:

    What restaurant is that??? Not PB & Co?

  3. Lyndsey B says:

    I want to visit that restaurant! I love creating fun and creative variations on boring (though still delicious!!) PB & J sandwiches. My favorite lately has been using cashew butter and blueberry jelly to give it a little twist. Then I add some sliced strawberries for a cool texture, and a sprinkle of cinnamon for some spice!

  4. Christine says:

    Peanut butter and jelly (or peanut butter and honey) is one of my favorite sandwiches too. Lately, I’ve been trying to take it to the next level by using different kinds of bread or replacing the jelly/honey with something else. I like putti g spinach on my sandwiches, and my one issue with PB&J is that it doesn’t have any. Yesterday, I spread almond butter on two slices of pumpkin-spice bread and sandwiched some spinach in between. I was skeptical when I went to eat it; I was fully prepared to throw the sandwich out and buy lunch. I was pleasantly surprised that the sandwich turned out great! The spinach added slight crunch, but I did not taste it at all.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      No way! I’d love to try that.

      • Christine says:

        It seriously works. I just had it again for lunch. I used a little more spinach than last time. It added crunch, but no noticeable flavor. If you try it, it’s important to spread almond butter on both slices of bread, and put the spinach in between. It’s also important to use bread that has a strong flavor (mine was pumpkin-spice). The sandwich may not taste as good with plain white or wheat bread, for instance. If you try it, let me know what you think!

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