When someone says peanut butter and jelly, my mind goes to grade school and two pieces of white bread with crunchy peanut butter and grape jelly. Why is it so popular? Is it because its a quick lunch to prepare? With a society highly focused on “fast”, it often forgets that above all else, nutrition should be the trump card. I wanted to reinvent the nostalgic feeling of the PB & J without the lack of health value. So what do I do? Why turn it into an oatmeal bowl of course! But you will find no Wonderbread or sugary jelly near this bowl. 😉
I try to live a very simplistic lifestyle. That comes out not only in my fashion, home life, and shopping, but most noticeable in my food choices. I believe that life is to short for complication and clutter. The more emphasis I put on purposefulness, the more freedom and clarity I feel not only physically but mentally. With that being said, I try to as close to (vegan) farm to table as possible. Meaning, whole foods, eating only processed food when absolutely necessary (and by processed I mean companies that use only pure ingredients, and put focus on cold-pressed techniques, non-GMO and organic products.), and having a center of vegetables and fruits.
So when creating and peanut butter and jelly bowl, I wanted to transfer my virtues to a new creation. Yes, when you google the internet you can find dozens of PB & J oats, but anyone can throw a scoop of Jif and Smuckers in some quick oats and call it good. My mission was to do it in such a way to honor natural ingredients and the pureness of a hearty breakfast.
- Only natural ingredients
- Sugar and Gluten free
- No artificial colors or flavors
- Simple and Fast
- Packed with Protein and Healthy Fats
- Low Fat Version available
For my “jelly” I choose to use a variety of my frozen berries to create a versatile flavor profile and get those antioxidants in. I used a simple organic frozen fruit blend that contained blueberries, dark cherries, strawberries, pomegranate seeds, and raspberries. Because I used frozen, I lessened the liquid added to the oats. As the berries cook down, they will incorporate their own natural juices.
For my peanut butter (ideally) is to have some homemade ground peanut butter in the fridge, but sometimes life gets crazy and we cannot be perfect. So look for naturally ground peanut butter free from palm oils and sugars. Your only ingredient should be peanuts, period. Even better if you can find a local vendor. That way you can ensure freshness and quality.
For those who follow a High Carb-Low Fat diet, you can partake in this endeavor as well! Simply substitute the peanut butter with a peanut butter powder. But be careful when you buy it! Some brand like to hide sugars, and fillers. It brings it full circle to read your labels!!
- ½c. gluten free rolled oats OR quick oats
- ½-3/4c. water or plant based milk
- ⅓-1/2c. frozen berry blend
- 2T. peanut butter or prepared peanut butter powder (separated)
- peanuts (optional)
- In a microwave bowl add your oats, liquid, frozen berries and 1T. peanut butter.
- Microwave for 2 minutes, stir, and cook for another 30 seconds if desired. (Watch for overflow!)
- Top with 1T. peanut butter and peanuts.