Thanksgiving PB and J Oatmeal (with Pecan Butter and Cranberry Sauce)

You may have thought that I had already used every possible PB&J combo. Well, you were wrong. I got fancy.


What is Thanksgiving PB&J? Thanksgiving PB&J uses pecan butter instead of peanut butter. Thanksgiving PB&J uses cranberry sauce instead of grape/strawberry jelly. Thanksgiving PB&J will blow yo’ mindz.


You can obviously use any cranberry sauce, but I’m particularly partial to the Trader Joe’s variety that comes in a lovely glass jar. It has a superb taste and consistency, and it’s reminiscent of a jam made from cranberries (instead of the stuff that my grandmother always serves at Thanksgiving that comes out from a tin can looking like red aspic).


Oh, and if you’re wondering why my pecan butter looks so not-like-pecan-butter, it’s because I made it from scratch and whipped cashew milk into it to make it lighter and fluffier.

Thanksgiving PB and J Oatmeal (with Pecan Butter and Cranberry Sauce)

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)
  • 1/2 a banana, mashed, or 1/4 cup pumpkin or sweet potato puree (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or just cinnamon)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 or 2 tbsp pecan butter (can make homemade by grinding pecans until smooth and creamy)
  • 1 tbsp cranberry sauce

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. If you want, add the optional mashed banana or pumpkin/sweet potato puree.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Swirl in the pecan butter or simply put it as a glob on top. Repeat with cranberry sauce. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).


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.

4 Responses to Thanksgiving PB and J Oatmeal (with Pecan Butter and Cranberry Sauce)

  1. This is such a creative idea! This would be perfect for Thanksgiving breakfast! It’s so important to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch before dinner on Thanksgiving so you don’t overeat and this would be the perfect meal. Thanks for sharing

  2. Lyndsey B says:

    I love this twist on traditional PB & J. I’ve never tried pecan butter, I’ve never seen it in stores, so I’ll have to make my own. I love cashew butter, so it should be lovely!

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