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. Anonymous says:

    Kirsten – Very cool! Thank you so much!

  2. Moniquedmartin says:

    this may be a dumb question but if i have never made oatmeal before. If i don’t have coach’s oats, what kind of oats do i buy, and how do i cook them?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Monique – Coach’s is just the brand, like Quaker oats. You can use either plain, instant oats or plain, quick cook oats.

  3. graciouspantry says:

    Tracey – Haha! Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. graciouspantry says:

    Schinel – It’s just peanuts and maybe some salt. Nothing else. Many brands these days have an ingredient list a mile long that includes sugar. Avoid those.

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Quilly – Sounds good! Looking forward to it!

  6. Imsharonwithyou says:

    what kind of peanut butter is clean?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Imsharonwithyou – Any peanut butter that has only peanuts in the ingredient list. No added sugar or mile long ingredient lists. Just peanuts.

      1. Jenny Priest Winston says:

        I use the omega 3 smart balance…is that clean????

        1. graciouspantry says:

          I don’t believe so. I know a lot of people use it, but as far as I know, it’s not clean.

  7. graciouspantry says:

    Norma – Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Wow! It’s 81 degrees and its lunch time, but I just saw your post and tried the recipie….Best Oatmeal Ever!!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Djkirk – Haha! Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Lauren Glaviano says:

    I loooove your banana bread oatmeal!

  10. What type of Oatmeal do you use? I currently use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Quick Cooking Oats…1/2 Cup dry is 180 calories…1 Tbsp Raw Almond Butter = 98 calories and 1/2 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey = 30 calories so my total comes out to 308 calories instead of 201…so I thought it must be the different oatmeal…just curious.



    1. graciouspantry says:

      I buy the Trader Joe’s brand. Good stuff.

  11. graciouspantry says:

    Haha! You’re very welcome!

  12. Threetwoeight says:

    just made this recipe adding fresh banana and some chopped salted almonds! GOOD STUFF! 🙂 thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Awesome! 🙂

  13. graciouspantry says:

    Sounds wonderful! Thanks!

  14. graciouspantry says:

    Amanda – I admit, I used to love that too. If you want to do a clean version, just use honey and a little bit of molasses. It’s not an exact match, but it’s close.

  15. graciouspantry says:

    Your taste buds will change with time. Have you tried different types of oats?

  16. Patricia Thompson says:

    Love,love,love it….tried it with shredded unsweetened coconut and a tsp agave nectar instead honey and it was unbelievable good! Thank you, I love your recipes!

  17. What kind of brands sell clean peanut butter? I only know of those like Skippy

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I will see if I can get some sort of list together, but really, all you can do is read ingredient lists. Also, check local health food stores if you have one, or Trader Joe’s. Basically, if it has anything other than peanuts and maybe a little salt, it’s probably not clean.

  18. My favorite oatmeal is maple flavored, but peanut butter sound delicious. Thanks for the recipes!

  19. My fav is peach flavored, but blueberry, strawberry or raspberry are good too.