comforting peanut butter and banana oatmeal (v, gf)

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though  california is going to be experiencing a mini heat wave next week (highest temperature is going to be 97 degrees!), it was pretty chilly this past week – hence this warm bowl of oatmeal.

if you’re ever on Tumblr or Instagram, you may see that pb & bananas are considered quite a classic combination. I personally love the two together myself in any form. I love having peanut butter and banana slices on toast, frozen banana slices topped with peanut butter, and even peanut butter-banana smoothies. so naturally I had to make peanut butter and banana oatmeal as well.

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if you’re a pb and banana lover like I am, trust me, this bowl of oatmeal will seriously satisfy your tastebuds. I actually used frozen banana slices to make this, but obviously fresh bananas can be used as well. in fact, I normally use fresh too, but on that day I just thought “why the heck not” and decided to go with the pre-cut frozen banana slices I had in my fridge.

peanut butter and banana oatmeal recipe / serves 1

you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2  cup non-dairy milk (almond, soy, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 tbsp. natural peanut butter**
  • 1 ripe banana
  • opt: more toppings of your choice, dates, etc.

the process:

  1. first combine the water and milk in a small saucepan and wait for it to simmer
  2. once it starts to simmer, pour your oats into the sauce pan, change to a low-medium heat setting, and stir
  3. slice 1/2 (or more, depending on you) of your banana into thin slices and leave the rest for garnish. put your banana slices into the oatmeal and stir continuously – this will help dissolve the banana slices and create a soft, whipped texture.
  4. after oatmeal has thickened to your preferred consistency, turn off your stove and prepare your oatmeal
  5. add your peanut butter and the rest of your banana slices, mash up and enjoy!

note** you can also substitute the peanut butter for other nut butters, or even sunflower butter if you’re allergic to nuts.

and although it’s fun creating “pretty” looking oatmeal, there is a reason why there is no aftershot once everything is mixed in . . .

 

14155309244_f036a2fc1a_o. . . because it looks like this. but hey, the most important thing is that it tastes good!

 

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