Peanut Butter Oatmeal

If you like the idea of eating  a bowl of peanut butter, this recipe is for you.

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If you like the idea of eating only what’s left in your pantry, this week of posts is for you.

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Today is the the first full day of clean-out-your-pantry week.  Before I cooked anything, I went through my pantry and threw out things that were severely out of date.  Apparently, there was a time in my life that I thought I was going to make pancakes every day.  I hate throwing away unopened boxes of things, but it is refreshing knowing that everything in there is now edible!

PantryYou might notice that I have enough K-cups to last until the apocalypse.  A friend found them on clearance in a town where K-cups must not be cool.  They are now mine.

In my cleaning out, I found a large box of rolled oats and decided it was time to foray into the world of oatmeal.  I’ve tried it a few times and wasn’t a fan, but I stumbled upon an idea I thought I might actually like.  Here’s what’s in it:

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (I used my homemade peanut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavor
  • 1/2 packet of stevia (optional)

Cook the oats with the 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup almond milk.  Bring the almond milk and water to a boil, then add the oats.  Turn the temperature to medium and cook for five minutes.

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While the oats are cooking, use a blender to combine 1/2 banana and the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.

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When the oats finish cooking, add 1/2 cup of the cooked oats to the blender.  Blend the oats, banana, and peanut butter together.

Put the mixture in the blender in a bowl and top with slices of the other 1/2 banana.

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(Sort of) Peanut Butter Banana Waffle

First, you need to know that PB2 is one of greatest creations of our lifetime.  Perhaps that’s a little melodramatic, but I use so much PB2 I should own the company.  PB2 is powdered peanut butter.  It has all the flavor of peanut butter without the oil.  You simply mix the PB2 powder with some water and you have peanut butter.  It’s great for smoothies and baking, but I even mix it together with a banana and have it as my dessert at night.

It is a little hard to find in stores, so I order mine from Amazon.  You can even order chocolate peanut butter!  Click here for the best deal I can find.

YUM!

YUM!

Now that you know all about PB2, I can help you make your breakfast!  Here is what you need to make this:

Putting the milk in a pretty glass makes all the difference!

Putting the milk in a pretty glass makes all the difference!

2 tablespoons of PB2

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 soft banana

1 reduced fat Eggo waffle

1 cup of almond milk

Combine the PB2 and water to make the peanut butter.  The more water you add, the creamier the PB.  Once you have it mixed, add the cinnamon and stir.  Cut the banana in half and mash half of the banana into the peanut butter mixture.  You should have a half cup of pb/banana spread.

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Toast the waffle as brown as you like it.  

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Spread a thin layer of the mixture on the waffle.  Layer the banana slices on top of the mixture, and use the remaining mixture on top of the banana.  Place on a small plate.

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Pour the almond milk into a pretty glass.

Eat!

This breakfast contains about 275 calories.