Early Morning Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 6, 2012

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Every morning around 6am my alarm clock goes off. It starts quietly and gets progressively louder and more annoying if I try to fall back to sleep. I’m usually in the middle of some random dream and I think about it for a few minutes as I try to will myself back to sleep.

If my alarm clock fails to rise me, it has no choice but to resort to other methods: walking up the length of my body, kneading my stomach and chest with sharp nails (ow!), purring – inflected as if it’s a question, and shooting laser beams through my eyelids to will them open. No matter what, do not open your eyes. I repeat: Do not make eye contact with the alarm clock!!!

If you do, it’s over.

Meet my alarm clock – highly reliable with a 0.000001% fail rate.


[This is Sketchie’s “I’m HUNGRY and haven’t had breakfast yet AND I happen to hate you right now” face. I snapped this while we were away over the long weekend. Sketchie was particularly unhappy that we slept til about 7:30 that morning!! gasp]

After 5 or 10 minutes of playing dead, I give in and stumble downstairs ever so slowly as Sketchie rubs his head along the staircase railing. He has now morphed back into Happy Cat and he’s prancing along to his feeding spot.

After I feed him, he ditches me and goes back to sleep (how nice), leaving me alone until Eric gets up.

I notice the morning feels a bit chillier than usual and make my first batch of hot oatmeal in a long time. The weather is dreary and creamy peanut butter oats sound like the perfect solution!

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To add a fun twist to this bowl, I partially caramelized a ripe banana in the pot before cooking the oats with a tiny bit of non-dairy butter. This was just to intensify the flavours a bit more. Then I swirled in half the peanut butter and cooked the oatmeal as normal for about 8-10 minutes.

The result is a creamy bowl of oats lightly sweetened with banana and highlighted with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. It smells heavenly! On top, I added more peanut butter, a good dose of cinnamon, nuts, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. It was just about perfect.

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Early Morning Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal

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Yield: 1 serving


  • 1 large very ripe banana, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp non-dairy butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2-1 tsp chia seed (or ground flax)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • toppings: heaping 1/2 tbsp peanut butter, nuts, cinnamon, pure maple syrup


1. In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, cook the banana and non-dairy butter or oil for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. Stir in 1/2 tbsp peanut butter, and add the oats, chia, milk, spices, and a pinch of salt. Whisk well until combined.

3. Bring to a low boil and then reduce heat to a simmer, stirring often for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

4. Scoop into a bowl and top with peanut butter, nuts, cinnamon, and maple syrup.

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I can’t talk about Sketchie waking me up in the morning without sharing this classic Simon’s Cat video!

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Lynette January 7, 2016 at 7:22 am

Made this for my kids this morning. They loved it! My daughter was taking in large spoonfuls and she doesn’t do large spoonfuls of anything!


Jeanette Blonski May 3, 2016 at 12:46 am

Made this recipe today and loved it. I’ve got your cookbook and make tons of your recipes, all are fantastic. I’ve run a couple of cooking classes, Healthy Cooking Tips at a seniors community in Florida and used your recipes. Participants loved your smoothies and Crispy Almond Butter Choc Chip Cookies. I also love your lentil mushroom balls with cranberry pear sauce. Too many recipes that I love to mention. I love all your creative recipes and have told my class students that your cookbook is my all time favorite. Some of my students bought it and love it also.
Lastly I notice your recipes print using RECIPAGE.com. Not easy to figure out how to print using it….as the word print is small and harder to spot on the page. Also, I always want to see the web address of where I found the recipe to refer others to it also. Now it shows the recipage.com web address in the upper right hand corner instead of OhSheGlows and your web address. This really isn’t a good thing!!! Why change something that isn’t broken! It was working way better before! You can see I’m not much of a techie nor a blogger so I do what is easiest for me.


Ema June 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm

I always come back to this recipe! it’s such a nice, warm breakfast. Love all your stuff! You are an inspiration. Much love x


Angela Liddon June 6, 2016 at 9:07 am

This oatmeal is definitely a great way to kick off the day. :) Thanks for the lovely comment, Ema!


Hannah August 3, 2016 at 5:42 am

I know this post is old now, but I just wanted to come on and say OH MY GOSH! I have peanut butter and banana oats for breakfast every morning and I’ve never managed to make it very tasty. Tried this recipe this morning and it’s out of this world delicious. This will be my new staple now! Thankyou, you’re a very talented cook :)


Angela Liddon August 3, 2016 at 3:01 pm

I’m so glad you discovered a recipe you like, Hannah! :)


mariann September 2, 2016 at 7:47 am

Woke up at the cottage to a cool crisp fall feeling morning. Made this for breakfast and it was amazing. Perfect day for it


Angela Liddon September 2, 2016 at 11:38 am

I love that feeling of early fall in the air!


Trudy October 20, 2016 at 9:57 am

This is very yummy! Thank you.


Gloria Kalsbeek November 1, 2016 at 6:38 pm

So I am the cook in our home, as many wives are, by hubby ia the baker and anything that ia sweet, which for him includes breakfast as he isnt satisified with the good ol’ bowl of cereal everyday. Ever since he found this recipe, I wake up to it once every weekend. It’s “eyes rolling into my head” good. We also sprinkle some hemp seeds on top for added goodness.


Angela Liddon November 2, 2016 at 8:35 am

I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the recipe, Gloria! So sweet he makes it for you to wake up to every weekend. :)


Donna November 26, 2016 at 10:34 pm

Your alarm clock is adorable, even with grouchy face?

I haven’t tried any recipes yet, but I will be. Just found your web page.


Angela Liddon November 28, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Welcome, Donna! I hope you love whatever you try first. :)


diana December 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm

if you put this in the fridge would it be good for next morning?


Nathalia December 9, 2016 at 1:25 am

Just cooked up your oats and they are by far the most delicious warm oats I’ve had! (and I’ve had a lot!).
Thank you so much for the recipe!
Can you tell me what natural peanut butter you use?


Sandra April 1, 2017 at 8:10 am

I am currently eating this. SO GOOD!!


Jenna Lazarous April 7, 2017 at 11:08 am

The peanut butter oatmeal certainly seems like the perfect breakfast for a kick ass workout a few hours later.. Thanks, i was bored of regular oatmeal and this is a much needed change. I know what i’m having for breakfast tomorrow :)


Sapir April 13, 2017 at 7:03 am

As a vegan, I always try to find new ways to eat breakfast without having to cut veggies, but still one that is healthy and satisfying.
I tries many oatmeals before and this one is THE BEST OATMEAL I’ve eaten.
I added pure maple for sweetness and chopped pecans for crunchiness.
Yummy !!!


Deb October 1, 2017 at 8:17 am

I made this this morning and it was so good! I am trying to lose some extra pounds, but more so focusing on eating healthy and moving my body more. I want to FEEL better. Anyway, this was easy and fun to make and sooo filling. Very happy that I found this website, and thank you for the wonderful recipe! Can’t wait to try the carrot cake oatmeal next week :o)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2017 at 9:27 am

Hey Deb, I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for letting me know. Enjoy the carrot cake oatmeal too…it’s probably my all time FAVE hot oatmeal!


Sopri June 22, 2018 at 3:15 pm



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