Well, sort of. Technically there’s no jelly (or jam, if you prefer) in this oatmeal. Instead, I decided to go straight to the source and add some fresh strawberries – or grapes, if that’s how you roll.
Personally, I’m a strawberry person when it comes to PB&J, but there’ll be no jelly-snobbery here! Grapes, raspberries, blueberries? – whatever you like (or have).
In a way, it seems kind of funny that the quintessential American sandwich is completely vegan. If we were playing a word association game, the word “American” is unlikely to be followed by “vegan”. More likely “deep fried chicken” or “hot dogs”.
But that’s the magic of PB&J!
Let’s just take a moment to praise this wonderful sandwich. Peanut butter and jelly is undoubtedly one of my favorite sandwiches – and not just because it’s meatless. It’s salty and sweet, easy to make and very travel-friendly. You’ll never have a “Yaaahh! What happened to my sandwich fillings!” moment with PB&J. It’s not like a Reuben, where you can easily end up with sauerkraut all over your clothes.
And there’s no way that a Club Sandwich can stand up to the PB&J. I mean that literally – take out the toothpick, and the Club falls like a house of cards. Also, three slices of bread – what the heck is that!?
I don’t know how I turned this post into an assessment of sandwiches, but that’s not the point. What is the point? PB&J is a humble, yet amazingly delicious sandwich. Case closed *dusts hands*.
Anyway, this post was supposed to be about oatmeal! Like the sandwich that it’s based on, this oatmeal is also vegan (and delicious!). There’s also no added sugar in this fruit-instead-of-jelly version.
While I enjoyed it as-is, if you’d prefer a sweeter breakfast, add in a (very ripe) mashed banana or some maple syrup. Or, of course, add in some jelly.
And to add to this salty-sweet peanut butter experience, I highly recommend eating this oatmeal with a chocolatey beverage.
If you’re looking for some other peanut butter oatmeal ideas, here are a few ideas:
- Peanut Butter, Apple and Pretzel Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter Granola
- Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
- PB2 Baked Oatmeal
- Totally Exciting Peanut Butter Oatmeal
Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite sandwich?
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup steel-cut oats
- Pinch of salt
- 3 - 4 tablespoons peanut butter*
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 - 12 grapes or strawberries
- 2 - 4 tablespoons chopped peanuts
- In a saucepan, bring the almond milk and water to a boil, and then turn down the heat to medium-low. Add the steel-cut oats and salt, and stir well.
- Stir in the peanut butter, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Steel-cut oatmeal generally takes 20 - 30 minutes to cook. As it’s cooking, add more almond milk if it looks as though the oatmeal is drying out.
- If using grapes: When the oatmeal is nearly ready, add in most of the grapes, reserving some for the topping.
- If using strawberries: When the oatmeal is nearly ready, slice the strawberries. Stir in most of the strawberry slices, reserving some for the topping.
- When you are pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, divide it between two bowls. Top each oatmeal with the reserved fruit, as well as chopped peanuts. Enjoy!
For a fun twist, use homemade Honey Roasted Peanut Butter!
For a sweeter oatmeal, add in 1-2 very ripe mashed bananas, or 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup of rolled oats can be substituted for the ½ cup of steel-cut oats. The rolled oats will only take about 5 minutes to cook.