Variations on PB Oatmeal

Considering my love for peanut butter, it’s no surprise that it frequently finds its way into my oatmeal! I was editing my 3 Basic Oatmeal Recipes post this morning, and I was baffled at how to display all the possibilities for peanut butter oatmeal without it being cluttered and confusing. Finally, I realized it deserved its own page. Think of all the variations I’ve created!

Here is a list of possible variations for my basic peanut butter oatmeal:

Chunky vs. Creamy:

The most obvious variation is to experiment with both chunky and creamy nut butters. I normally buy creamy PB, but chunky PB is exceptional in oatmeal! Give it a shot!

Peanut Butter & Banana:

Add a mashed banana (or half of one) after adding the oats, OR add banana butter when serving.


Stir in jam or jelly while the oatmeal is cooking OR drizzle/whirl it into the top of the oatmeal when serving. You could also make it with banana or apple.


Whisk in 2 tbsp of PB2 before your liquid begins to boil for an extra flavor boost.


Drizzle honey generously when serving. You could also add apples!

 Not Peanut Butter:

Try using almond, cashew, or any other nut butter in place of the peanut butter.

 Chocolate Peanut Butter:

Use a chocolate PB (like this one, or even something like Nutella), OR add 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder in place of the cinnamon.

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.

12 Responses to Variations on PB Oatmeal

  1. Meg says:

    something about PB2 makes me so happy..

  2. Colette says:

    PB and chocolate oatmeal was soooo good. Normally, I would force myself to eat oatmeal (because it was healthy) and I would add a ton of sugar, but this combo made oatmeal delicious and not just palatable. Albeit, I did use nesquik since it was the only kind of chocolate in my house, but you have converted me into a fan. I can’t wait to try all your awesome recipes!!

  3. Amanda says:

    I just did this…AMAZING! I was always one to use quick cooking oats in the microwave and just used rolled oats in certain recipes. SO glad I used rolled oats for this, it’s 10 times better! I did a banana, vanilla extract, put 2TBSP of flax meal in, swirled some chunky natural peanut butter in, and then sprinkled some dark chocolate chips on top after I put it in my bowl. It’s like dessert, but still so good for you!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    oh my dear amazing! I love you!! every morning I wake up looking for a recipe from you 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    Practically drooling over all these yummy variations! I think I’ll give the Honey-Nut Peanut Butter Oatmeal a try tomorrow morning.

  6. Christine says:

    The regular peanut butter oatmeal is a bit plain for my taste, but the honey nut variation is amazing!

  7. Christine says:

    If I make this with chocolate peanut butter, would you recommend omitting the cinnamon?

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Depends. My primary recommendation is YES. However, if you keep the cinnamon, it will take on a “Mexican chocolate” flavor, which some people find pleasant. For example, my friend Allison puts a dash of cinnamon in her chocolate chip cookies and it’s divine. But again, yes, I would probably omit the cinnamon. 🙂

  8. Christine says:

    Okay, I’ll try omitting the cinnamon first! I have a jar of chocolate Better ‘N Peanut Butter to use, and look forward to making this recipe.

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