PB&J & Apple Oatmeal

I have another oatmeal recipe for you. It’s basically the combination of several of my favorite oatmeal recipes. I woke up Monday morning craving peanut butter, but I needed to use up half an apple I had in the fridge, so I just kind of threw it all together. Naturally, it was delightful (I think I’ve made less than three “bad” bowls of oatmeal in my life. It’s hard to screw up!).

PBJ and Apple Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist

Β As you all know, Banana PB&J Oatmeal is one of my absolute favorites. However, I am constantly bombarded with messages from people who A) hate bananas, or B) are allergic. πŸ™ This recipe is a wonderful substitute. Obviously it tastes much different than Banana PB&J, but it’s delicious in its own way (kind of like how a veggie burger doesn’t taste like a beef burger, but it tastes equally amazing* in its own way).

*I’m sure some people will disagree with that statement…but they can get their own blog! πŸ™‚

PBJ and Apple Oatmeal - Oatmeal Artist

If you think this recipe sounds odd, think of it this how: how great are apples dipped in peanut butter?


PB&J & Apple 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 apple
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp nut butter
  • your favorite jam or fruit butter/preserves

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. Immediately dice in the apple to the cooking oats. You want to add this as soon as possible so the apple has a chance to soften up in the cooking process.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add a pinch of salt, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
  4. If you'd like to add any additional ingredients (coconut oil, raisins, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with swirls of grape or strawberry jam/jelly/preserves and globs of your favorite nut butter. I used banana butter. Add a splash of your milk of choice and enjoy!

PBJ and Apple Oatmeal - The Oatmeal Artist

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.

10 Responses to PB&J & Apple Oatmeal

  1. Charlotte says:

    I made kiwi oatmeal today and thought of you! And it came out alright, though not as good as other creations (pretty much all yours) that I’ve tried.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Kiwi! How fun. I bought those for the FIRST time a couple weeks ago. I had always hated them (for some unknown reason), but they are SO DELICIOUS. I considered putting them in my oatmeal, but it never happened. πŸ™‚

      And I’m so flattered that you like my oatmeal recipes. πŸ˜€

  2. kreachr says:

    I know this is an old post, but I tried this today and it was DELICIOUS!!! I devoured it in record time πŸ™‚ I used unsweetened almond milk and strawberry jam. Thanks for posting the link to the banana butter btw, I made some of that and used it for this too. Yum!! I have IBS as well, so being able to enjoy peanut butter without having to worry about the oil content quite so much is awesome. Cheers!!

  3. Juliet Tye says:

    Hey Lauren, May I ask, what is “banana butter”? Also, is it possible to “bake” the oatmeal using a microwave, whilst following the same recipe? I don’t have an oven.
    By the way, would you considering coming up with oat recipes for lunch / dinner in the future? Just a suggestion πŸ™‚
    Cheers and have a pleasant weekend ahead!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Banana butter is peanut butter blended with bananas, as made popular by Chocolate Covered Katie. It is popular to bake oatmeal in the oven. I have seen many readers do this on Instagram, but I’m personally not familiar with the method. I’m sure a quick Google search could help you out!

      I have ideas for savory oatmeal recipes; I just rarely make them. πŸ˜› They’ll pop up every now and then–I promise!

    • Juliet Tye says:

      Aw, thanks! I’ll check out the banana butter recipe, sounds yummy! I started grinding my own nut butters too. I find it useful as one can adjust the crunchiness and consistency of it, and…no added palm oil/salt/sugar!

      Looking forward to your yummy ideas then! Cheers!

  4. Lyndsey B says:

    These pictures are so lovely! Your little details make the entire oatmeal look even more inticing. Where do you buy your props and backgrounds? Also- I need to buy some banana butter ASAP!!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Mostly from kitchen stores, Etsy, and Target πŸ™‚

      As for banana butter, it’s not something you buy–you have to make it. You mix banana with peanut butter. πŸ™‚ It’s really easy!

  5. Kelsey says:

    For as much as I love apples I can’t believe I’ve never tried this one before! I thought the apple was a great addition to PB&J, I think even better than banana.

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