Our oatmeal flavor of the month is Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal. A basic oatmeal (as always) with a creamy touch from spoonful of creamy peanut butter, topped with more peanut butter, chopped roasted peanuts and slices of fresh banana.
Oatmeal Flavor of the Month: Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
Our oatmeal flavor of the month is Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal. A basic oatmeal (as always) with a creamy touch from spoonful of creamy peanut butter, topped with more peanut butter, chopped roasted peanuts and slices of fresh banana. This is such an easy breakfast for busy and lazy days. I used crunchy peanut butter to make this because I run out of the creamy one. It turned out better because it’s just like extra chopped peanuts in every spoonful. This oatmeal was creamier than usual because of the peanut butter, almost like eating spoonful of peanut butter right of the tab. If you are not a fan of peanut butter, you can reduce the amount of peanut butter to 2 tablespoon, just enough to give a hint of peanut butter flavor but nothing overwhelming. Any fruit topping will do, but I personally think banana makes more sense and it works well with peanut butter.
Types of Oatmeal
Steel Cut Oats (Irish Oats) – This type of oats has a finer texture but is chewier than traditional oats, they are digested more slowly and it makes you feel full easily. This type is perfect for breakfast cereals as they make you feel full longer.
Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned) – This type of oats are flat, thin and have bigger pieces than Steel Cut Oats. It cooks faster, about 10 minutes for 1/3 cup (depending on how chewy you like it). Although filling, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats, but if your recipe requires minimal cooking time or you do not have much time on hand, this is the perfect type of oats to use. I find that this type is also the one perfect for baking cookies, bars, bread or pancakes.
Quick Oats – This type of oats have flat, light and even thinner pieces as compared to Rolled Oats. This cooks in about 1-2 minutes and are perfect for recipes that calls for a very minimal cooking time. Although it is also a good option for breakfast, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats.
Instant Oats – This type of oatmeal has been pre-cooked and dried, because of this, it require no cooking time at all. You just need to add boiling water and let sit for few minutes to soften. This type of oatmeal doesn’t have chewiness and texture and can get mushy at times. This if perfect option when you are traveling and you need something on the go. Simply add hot water and you have an instant breakfast with you.
Interesting Facts About Peanut Butter
- It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter ** That is a lot of peanut for just 1 can of peanut butter. Make the most of every bit of it
- Women and children prefer creamy peanut butter, while most men opt for chunky ** Which team are you? Creamy or crunchy?
- Peanut butter was originally made for people with no teeth.
- Peanuts aren’t nuts. They’re legumes. So it’s technically inaccurate to call it a nut butter, but it’s usually referred to one anyway.
- Most peanut butters are vegan and gluten-free
- January 24th and March 1st are all big days for peanut butter enthusiasts: they are National Peanut Butter Day, and later National Peanut Butter Lovers Day respectively. ** Make the dates!
- The fear of having peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth is actually called Archibutyrophobia! ** That is some word there, just don’t eat peanut butter 🙂
- 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 1/2 cup Milk (Can be substituted with a mix of water and milk in any proportion)
- 2- 3 tbsp Brown sugar (can be substituted with other sweeter of your choice)
- 2 tablespoon Raisins
- 2 teaspoon Chia Seed
- 1/4 cup Peanut Butter
- 1 Banana
- 1 teaspoon chopped Peanuts – optional
Pour water and milk in a pan. Add rolled oats and simmer in medium heat for about 5- 8 minutes. Stir in peanut butter, brown sugar, raisins and chai seed. Cook for another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust sweetness as desired. The consistency of the oats will thicken as it cools, if you are serving it immediately, you can cook it a little bit longer to get a thick consistency. Cooking time is flexible, cook less or more time to adjust to the texture and consistency that you prefer.
Transfer in a bowl and arrange sliced banana and sprinkle chopped peanuts on top. Add other toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
One tip when reheating it, add few spoonful of water or milk to thin out the consistency. The oatmeal with or without chia seed will thickens as it cools, even more when refrigerated. So to bring it back to nice consistency, you need to add a little bit of liquid. For single serving, add 1-2 tbsp of liquid and stir then simply pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. Take it out and stir again, adding more liquid as necessary to achieve the consistency that you like. Return to microwave for another minute. Remove and add toppings as desired. Easy breezy! Enjoy
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