Peanut Butter Oatmeal Recipe

This amazing, peanut butter oatmeal is the perfect breakfast for peanut butter lovers!!

I don’t know about you, but peanut butter is pretty close to heaven for me. If I’m in the right mood, nothing other than peanut butter will do. I mean, what’s not to love? Add whole grains to that, and you get pretty close to topping out on nutrition as well. Lots of fiber and healthy fats to start your morning off right!

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Oatmeal Recipe

The funny part is, I don’t feel the same way about peanuts. But turn them into butter and YUM!!!

I love peanut butter in my morning oatmeal. It’s extra protein and the flavor is incredible! Add a little sweetener and it’s something pretty close to a peanut butter cookie. And who wouldn’t want THAT for breakfast???

You can adjust the amount of peanut butter any way you like. But I have found that two tablespoons make the perfect cookie flavor.

In fact, if you are looking for some extra protein, you can mix in some egg or egg white just after turning off the heat on the oats. Stir fast! A whisk is best, and no. You can’t taste the egg at all!

So go ahead and give this oatmeal bowl a try! Have a “peanut butter cookie” for breakfast!

Is Oatmeal And Peanut Butter Good For You?

While peanut butter is somewhat high in fat, it has other qualities that make it pretty darn healthy, provided you don’t have a peanut allergy, of course. Oats and peanut butter together make a very filling breakfast that will keep you full pretty well into lunchtime!

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal

If you need this to be gluten-free, the most important part is to make sure you purchase gluten-free oats. Oats do not contain gluten naturally, but they are some of the most cross-contaminated grains there are due to processing. So purchase a package with a gluten-free label.

And while peanut butter is also naturally gluten-free, cross-contamination can sometimes (rarely) happen here too. 

So the takeaway here is, to be as careful as you need to be with the individual ingredients when it comes to gluten. But as the recipe stands, it is naturally gluten-free if your ingredients are gluten-free. There is no gluten added (such as wheat flour).

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Oatmeal Recipe Ready To Eat

Recipe Variations

Can you use another nut butter? Absolutely! Try one of the following:

  • Almond butter
  • Cashew butter
  • Hazelnut butter (Nutella anyone?)

Allergic To Nuts?

Try using a seed butter instead such as sunflower seed butter. Then just make sure all your other ingredients are labeled as safe, as well.

Recipe Additions

Try adding one or some of the following to increase nutrition and vary the flavor:

  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seed
  • Flaxmeal
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Chopped apples
  • Sliced banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • A pinch of salt – to bring out the sweetness

Can This Be Made Vegan?

Yes! Simply switch out the honey for maple syrup or some other vegan sweetener. Everything else is naturally vegan!

Health Benefits Of Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is pretty healthy stuff. Its best qualities are…

  • The fat it contains is a healthy fat.
  • It has a nice dose of protein.
  • It’s low in carbs.
  • Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Gives you a moderate but nice serving of fiber too.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal from overhead, served in a white bowl, sitting on a gray background.

About The Ingredients

Cooked oats – I cooked mine with unsweetened almond milk instead of water. Make sure these are whole oats (old-fashioned, rolled, or traditional oats – not quick-cooking oats) Even steel-cut oats can work here.

Peanut butter – Read the ingredients! Avoid any peanut butter that contains anything other than just peanuts and maybe some salt. Jars labeled as “Natural peanut butter” usually qualify.

You can also adjust the amount of peanut butter you use. Here is the general rule of thumb:

2 tbsp = light peanut butter flavor

4 tbsp. = medium peanut butter flavor

6 tbsp. = heavy peanut butter flavor

Ground cinnamon – Not a cinnamon mix with sugar. Just plain, ground cinnamon. You can add as much or as little as you like. Adjust the amount to taste.

Honey – You can use any sweetener you prefer. You can also add as much or as little as you like.

The honey has its own rule of thumb just like the peanut butter.

1 tbsp. = mildly sweet

2 tbsp. = medium sweet

3 tbsp. = very sweet

How To Make Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Pouring milk into a pot of dry oats.
Cooked oats with a wooden spoon sitting in the pot.

Cook oats to package directions using any type of milk.

Cinnamon, peanut butter and honey added to cooked oats in a pot.

While your oats are still hot from cooking, combine all the remaining ingredients in the pot and mix until well combined.

A wooden spoon lifts some Peanut Butter Oatmeal out of a pot.

Add any additional mix-ins or toppings you like and serve.

How To Store Peanut Butter Oatmeal

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container and keep this in the fridge for up to 4 days.

How To Freeze Peanut Butter Oatmeal

If you won’t eat the leftovers fast enough, you can certainly freeze this. Place it in an airtight, freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to 4 months.

How To Reheat Peanut Butter Oatmeal

If frozen, thaw in the fridge overnight.

You can warm this either in a microwave or in a pot on the stovetop. If you warm it in a pot, you will need to add a splash of milk to reinvigorate the oats and get a texture you’ll enjoy.

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Clean Eating Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Oatmeal

If you’re a peanut butter fan, you’ll flip over this easy oatmeal recipe!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 240kcal



  • cups cooked oats (I cooked mine with unsweetened almond milk instead of water)
  • 2 tbsp. clean peanut butter (See notes on amount in post above)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (See notes on amount in post above)
  • 1 tbsp. honey (See notes on amount in post above)


  • Cook oats to package directions.
    Cooked oats with a wooden spoon sitting in the pot.
  • While your oats are still hot from cooking, combine all the remaining ingredients in the pot and mix until well combined.
    Cinnamon, peanut butter and honey added to cooked oats in a pot.
  • Add any additional mix-ins or toppings you like and serve.
    A wooden spoon lifts some Peanut Butter Oatmeal out of a pot.


Please note that the data below is a ballpark figure. Exact nutrition data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2.1mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 10/22/10.

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  1. I have been doing Bobs 7 grain hot cereal with FF milk, 1 egg , 1 apple and cinn…YUM!!!!!

  2. Lisa Viles says:

    I usually do instant oats, agave, flax seed and some wheat germ. I really want to try this. I love peanut butter.

  3. My favorite oatmeal flavor is always changing. Isn’t that the best thing about oats? They are so easily adaptable. One of my favorite oatmeal “flavors” is what I call Banana Bread oatmeal. Its just a few banana slices with toasted walnuts, nutmeg and cinnamon. Yum.

  4. Peanut Butter and oatmeal!!!!! This is a piece of heaven! My two most favourite foods – can’t we just eat this forever?? 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jill – Sure! That and some hot chocolate! I’d never get tired of it!

  5. Just tried this for the 1st time this morning. Out of this world!!!! I so enjoy trying out new combinations. Thank you for sharing your talents with us; it sure makes this way of life more enjoyable.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paulissa – Fabulous!! Thanks for trying my recipe!

  6. Hey Tiff,

    Just wanted to say thank you for posting this recipe!! I’ve been forcing down Steel Cut Oats touched with Agave for over two years every morning, but after trying this for three days I feel fuller longer not too mention actually enjoy eating them now..

    You’re the BEST!!!!


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      T – You’re welcome! So happy you enjoyed it!

  7. You can also add one tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder to the recipe, and it tastes like a Reese Oatmeal.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sophie – Thank you! I’ll try that, sounds delish!

    2. I found MaraNatha’s All Natural Dark Chocolate Peanut Spread in the Natural section of the grocery store. I made the recipe like above and then added a splash of olive oil so it wouldn’t be so sticky. Then I added the spread so I could taste the differences. Amazing!!! The chocolate smell was so strong my husband came from acrross the other room ( I think it was the warm chocolate melting) to ask what was the chocolate smell. Very yummy.
      I remembered reading the comments and I thought you had added chocolate chips until I came back to read. I will try the cocoa powder next time – less calories but this was yummy!

      1. Anonymous says:

        Shannon – Wonderful! I’m happy you enjoyed it!

  8. Hi Tiffany,
    I was wondering what kind of peanut butter is considered “clean”? Where can I get it?!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Libby – Any peanut butter that just has peanuts in the ingredients is clean. Some have salt added, but mostly, the ingredients should just list peanuts. Nothing else.

  9. I had this for breakfast today. So good!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lisa – I’m so happy you enjoyed it! It’s definitely a favorite around here too.

  10. Robbie Laws says:

    What’s the difference between rolled and steel cut oats? I’ve been using rolled oats for over 40 years and only recently heard of Irish, or steel-cut oats.
    P.S. Love the Mini-Chef pictures! He’s a lucky little boy.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Robbie – I haven’t investigated this very much, but as far as I understand it, it’s just a difference in the way the grain is cut before it’s packaged. I think it all comes down to your preference. Some people believe that steel cut is healthier, but to be honest, I have no idea if that’s really the case. I just know I love my oats!! 🙂

  11. Lynnette Hall says:

    I have GOT to try this!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lynnette – I hope you do! Let me know how you like it!

  12. On the steel cut oats vs. rolled oats. Steel cut provide more soluble fiber (lowers cholesterol) and digests slower, keeping you full longer and easier on people with digestive issues. I’m excited to make this oatmeal tomorrow morning, and all the comments have me eager to make oatmeal every day to try all the different versions!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelly – Fabulous!!! If you have any favorite recipes to share, please do!

  13. I love eating peanut butter with my oatmeal. I got the idea from my mother and thought it was posh. Then I tried it and I have fallen in love. I never eat my oatmeal without peanut butter anymore (unless I forget, heh heh). I am glad you have discovered it as well!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Casey – Ya, it’s pretty darn delicious!

  14. I have a feeling this is a stupid question, but is it 1 1/2 cups of dry oats that you cook, or 1 1/2 cups once it has cooked and expanded, thus starting with less than 1 1/2 cups?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Stacy – They are cooked.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Sherelyn – I’d get excited too! Yummy!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Camille – Glad you enjoyed it!

  17. This sounds so good. I can’t wait to try this for breakfast tomorrow! And I’m not even a peanut butter fan.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Mary – Let me know how you like it!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Sara – Sounds yummy!!! Might have to try that myself. Thanks!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Becky – Fabulous!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Hadeel – Glad you enjoyed it!