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Peanut Butter Oatmeal

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Oatmeal.

© 2012 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

This is one of the simplest healthy breakfasts and one of the tastiest ways to eat oatmeal, and both kids and adults will love it. Prepared with oats, almond milk, peanut butter, and a touch of brown sugar and cinnamon, what's not to love?

Like any oatmeal recipe, this is obviously pretty versatile (check out other ingredient suggestions below the recipe). If almond milk isn't your thing, feel free to use another Dairy-Free Milk Substitute of your choice. (Coconut milk makes another awesome ingredient.) And if you're dealing with peanut allergies, substitute the peanut butter for another nut butter like Cashew Butter.

Yield: 1 generous serving

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup 1-minute oats (also called quick-cooking oats)
  • 1 cup plain almond milk, plus more if needed
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 T. peanut butter
  • 1 t. brown sugar
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon

Preparation:

1. Combine the 1-minute oats, plain almond milk, and water in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil. Add in the peanut butter, stirring well to incorporate, and cook for just 30 seconds or so more, or until the oatmeal comes to the right consistency. If oatmeal is too thick, add a splash or so more of almond milk and mix well to combine. Transfer oatmeal to a serving bowl. Top the oatmeal with the brown sugar and cinnamon, and mix these in before enjoying.

Other Ingredient Suggestions:

    This recipe is one that you can kind of get carried away with, so if you're in the mood to go a little wild with your peanut butter oatmeal, here are a few other ways that you can dress it up:
  • Go Bananas. Add one sliced banana to the bowl just before serving.
  • Chocolate Chip-It. This is pretty self-explanatory. Just add a couple tablespoons of dairy-free dark chips to the bowl just before serving (don't add them until you're ready to eat, or they'll melt too quickly).
  • Go Coconuts! Use coconut milk instead of almond milk and then add in 2 T. of sweetened shredded coconut to the oatmeal before eating.
  • Go Nuts. Add a handful of pretty much whatever kind of nuts you have on hand. Unsalted peanuts, raw walnuts, and almonds are all great options.
  • Go Granola. Add a few tablespoons of your favorite dairy-free granola to the oatmeal just before serving for a little extra crunch.
  • Get Fruity. Add a few tablespoons of any dried fruits you're craving. Dried cranberries, dried cherries, and raisins are all awesome additions.
  • Get Seriously Carried Away. Obviously, this means just put in whatever combination of things that sounds good to you. Add 1 sliced banana, 2 T. of shredded coconut, a few tablespoons of raw walnuts, and a bit of shredded chocolate to garnish for the heartiest, most delicious bowl of oatmeal ever.
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