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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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 6, 2012 at 8:24 am

AHH I really need to start reading your posts BEFORE I eat breakfast! This looks beautiful! As for Sketchie’s face, that’s how I look if anyone gets in the way of me and my breakfast after morning workouts. ;) Have a great day Ange!


Sarah L. September 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

^Agreed. Totally making this at the cottage this weekend, and eating it out on the dock while I watch the sun rise in my slippers. I’m actually hoping for a chilly morning! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2012 at 8:56 am

That sounds heavenly! Can I come? ;)


Sarah L. September 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

Haha, will Sketchie let you?


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

He says he has to come too.


Alex @ Brain, Body, Because September 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

How wonderful! I’m jealous :)


Tanya @ playful and hungry September 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm

That sounds perfect! ;)
Oh, and banana peanut butter oatmeal is one of my favorite. It’s doesn’t look beautiful – but it tastes great!


Lauren September 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Agreed x 2! I’ll settle with making this tmr morning :)


Brianna September 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

Last night I searched your blog for “banana” recipes, and I woke up to find this one. Second Career: mind-reader?


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

This makes me wish it was about 60 degrees outside so I could enjoy a bowl in fuzzy socks and a blanket on the porch. Of course it doesn’t have to be cold for me to enjoy oatmeal but this looks like cozy in a bowl.

Cats, much like humans, are much happier when fed. :-)


Jesse (OutToLunchCreations) September 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

This looks delicious! I LOVE warm oats in the morning but I just can’t seem to find the time to make them, except for on weekends of course. Have you had any success heating overnight oats in the morning? I would guess, since they don’t need to cook much, I would be able to heat them up in a pot in 2min.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

I suggest my make ahead steel cut oats – I think it makes about 4 servings worth and I love it cold too: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/09/20/make-ahead-steel-cut-oatmeal-4-new-oatmeal-recipes/

Also try instant steel cut oats: http://ohsheglows.com/2012/05/18/gooey-banana-bread-batter-instant-steel-cut-oatmeal/



Devin September 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Hi, I make steel cut oats once or twice a week for my family in my slow cooker! Eat it warm that morning and reheat the left-overs. Spray the inside of your slow cooker and add 8 cups of water and 2 cups of steel cut oats. You can add a pinch of salt or some brown sugar if you want and then cook on low for 7-8 hours. It is wonderful to wake up to a warm yummy breakfast that’s already done! I throw in a handful of craisins and a splash of almond milk before I eat it. (Don’t add raisins or craisins before you cook – comes out weird!) You can also use a rice cooker that has a slow cook setting.


Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 6, 2012 at 8:44 am

Partially caramelized banana? This has to be the most excited I’ve ever been to try one of your recipes!!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

I LOVE caramelized banana. I made socca french toast the other day and did my banana topping like that – it felt like I was eating dessert at 8 am!


Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl September 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

My problem is photographing oatmeal. never looks this scrumpcious. these are perfect. well, just means i need to practice more (w/ the chance of eating more oatmeal – woo hoo!).

Pinning the oatmeal recipe, too!


Katie @ Fun Fearful Female September 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

I don’t think Sketchie could be any cuter!! My cat Baxter used to wake me up by pulling my hair with his teeth – he’d bite right at the scalp and pull all the way through to the ends. If that didn’t work he’d body slam himself into things until I finally had enough. Gotta love cat alarm clocks! Oh, and this oatmeal look delicious too! :)


raechel @the rebel grrl kitchen September 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

I LOVE YOUR POSTS ABOUT SKETCHIE! That cat is amazing. : )

Also, this looks soooo comforting and delicious! Yum!


Emily September 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

Hi Angela,
LOL…….I too have the same alarm clock. I have two Bengal’s myself and without fail they will take turns waking me up starting at 5am. One will nibble at my toes and the other will meow until I give in ;0)
Love this recipe. I never thought of using Coconut oil in Oat meal. I will be trying this out ASAP =0)


Shannon September 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

I have the exact same alarm clock!


Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets September 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

Yum! I will be making this on Saturday morning :)


Yellow Haired Girl September 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

Eeeeek! This looks incredible for a weekend fall morning!


Heidi kokborg September 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

It looks so good! can it please just be morning so I can try it :)


Rebecca Sorenson September 6, 2012 at 9:20 am

This looks absolutely, freaking delicious! How many calories in a breakfast like this though? I’m currently having to really pay close attention to details with my eating and working out to make any progress.


hippierunner September 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

Sketchie has so much attitude in that picture! Hilarious. I like how you described him as your alarm. And that video is so cute. My cat died last year but that video just warmed my heart a little! :)


Michelle Lee Smith September 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

Sooo happy I saw this before breakfast…I made it and it’s fab!!


Jeni September 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

Oh, I LOVE PB and banana oats! Never thought to carmelize the banana before- genius! My alarm clock’s name is Ruby, and her pre”fur”red alarm “tone” is the fluffy tail into the nostrils. :-)


Lacey September 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

I miss my alarm clock! I can’t have cats where I live now so my aunt is taking care of her for me. This post is exactly how my mornings used to go. Except I’m lazy and usually microwaved my oatmeal :P


katty lea September 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

Sketchie looks majestic in that photo. What a cat.


Rachel September 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

PB + Hot oats = the best combination ever haha


Andrea @ Vegvacious September 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

Oh yum! I have been going a little crazy with hot oatmeal over the past couple of weeks — ever since the nights started cooling down. In fact, I recently discovered slow cooker steel cut oats and they are AMAZING!!! I love the PB/banana combo!!


Sarah @ Yogi in Action September 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

Yummy! Looks delicious! I know what I’m having for breakfast today…


Destini September 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

My bengal does the EXACT same thing. At the same time, though this morning she felt 5:45 a good time to start this really quite half meow that she has recently developed. And when I finally got up to feed her (6 am) she does this really loud exasperated meow, that sounds angry that i made her wait.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2012 at 11:54 am

hah that is EXACTLY like Sketchie! He does this weird purr/meow like a question mark almost like “feed me please?”, then the meows get progressively more loud and fed up like “FEED ME NOW!!!!”.


Kelsey September 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

I really love that picture of Sketchie! It’s perfect, complete with dramatic lighting and statuary in the background. He’s such a beautiful cat! And that oatmeal looks amazing too!


Alissa N September 6, 2012 at 9:57 am

Breakfasts like this are the reason I love this time of the year. Warm delicious breakfast curled up under a blanket with some hot tea. This looks incredible!!!


Stephanie September 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

Oohh, never had oatmeal with peanut butter before.. I’ll have to switch this up with my normal recipe.

By the way, where did you find such an adorable and beautifully colored alarm clock? hehe


Jean September 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

HI Angela

Every time I try and access your site from my home computer, it is taken over by an HP computer add for designing a bag in conjunction with Project Runway! I can’t find a way around it. It doesn’t seem to happen on my work computer (you are my home page!) so it probably has to do with my security settings.
Has anyone else complained of this? It is driving me crazy. I just wanted you to know in case they were a sponsor.

Love your site and look forward to each new post!
Have a great day!


Eric September 6, 2012 at 11:49 am

Hey Jean,

Sorry bout this, looks like it was something to do with the Ad itself. I was able to reproduce this and we had a few more complaints. We’ve removed it for the time being and asked the Ad provider to look into it.

Thanks so much for letting us know though!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 6, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hey Jean, It should be fixed now. So sorry about that! Let me know if you continue to have issues.


Christa @ Edible Balance September 6, 2012 at 10:42 am

I adore this post! My cat Miso is the same… she gets so desperate for us to get out of bed, once we do get up and feed her she’s ready to pass out and cuddle. Oh the life of a cat…

It’s been a long time since I’ve had just a simple bowl of warm cozy oats… most definitely doing that this weekend!


Averie @ Averie Cooks September 6, 2012 at 10:44 am

Creamy peanut butter anything always makes dreary weather more tolerable! They look great.

And so does Sketchie. What a great expression!


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 6, 2012 at 11:28 am

Ha, I’ve seen that video before – definitely a good one!

Many fruits go well with oatmeal, but my favorite is always banana. :)


Beth @ Tasty Yummies September 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

This looks amazing! I haven’t have oatmeal in a while but I think you may have inspired me to find some time and make this over the weekend. I LOVE the idea of the caramelized banana! Brilliance.
Our cats are vultures in the morning, too. Even though we get up around 6:00am we have made it a point to not feed them until 9:00am ish and they have actually started to be a little (and I mean a little) less crazy and annoying in the morning. I do have to say, there is something about those furry little heads nudging you and that soft purring sound, that is so comforting and welcoming to wake up too, though.


Sonia the Mexigarian September 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

I should have checked out your page before i dashed out of the house of this morning leaving behind 3 meowing cats. looks unbelievably creamy and thick. my kind of oatmeal.

and the little video is freaking hilarious. (sharing it on my FB now) that’s how we used to wake up with 3 cats in the room, until we gave them their own room. though they still call for food at 6 am. i swear all cats are synched for that time.


jessica September 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

I made basically the same breakfast this morning! walnuts instead ;)


Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes September 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Oh my goodness, that looks heavenly! More like a dessert! I’d love to wake up to that!


Hannah September 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I literally read this blog post in bed as I was trying to convince myself to throw off the covers and go make a decent breakfast, and the moment I saw this I flew into the kitchen to make it. DELICIOUS! Such a fantastic warm weather alternative to my usual oat-banana-PB morning smoothie.


Ariel September 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

How in the world do you manage to do photography so early in the morning, especially pre-breakfast and w/out tea or coffee. . . wow.


Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife September 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I love oatmeal & this looks unbelievably great! Prefect for fall!! Yum-o!!


Gina September 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I am allergic to bananas but I can have them cooked or baked. I may have to try this to see if the cook time is enough to release the proteins so I can eat it without allergy incidence. Five minutes of caramelizing plus another 8-10 minutes might do the trick. Any more banana tips you might have would be welcome! Thanks for this recipe. Love your site!


Rita Marai September 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

This sounds divine! Will have to make it soon!


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