Peanut butter and jelly oatmeal is a quick, easy, and healthy breakfast recipe! It’s the perfect combination of peanut buttery and fruity flavors. The one-pot recipe is vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and made in 10 minutes. It will bring you back to your childhood through its similarity to the classic PB&J sandwich!

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Who else LOVED peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a kid?! Today, we are throwing things all the way back to those classic childhood PB&Js. It’s pretty funny that I turned out to be a food blogger, as I spent my childhood eating a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich every single day for lunch. The school cafeteria could have offered extravagant, gourmet, 5-star meals and I likely would have chosen the PB&J still. Two slices of white bread, a slab of peanut butter, and some jelly – that’s all I needed to keep me happy!

This peanut butter and jelly oatmeal is thick, creamy, peanut buttery, and oh so yummy. It really is reminiscent of a PB&J; I like to think the oats are the bread, the peanut butter is the PB, and the jam is the J. First, we’ll create peanut butter oatmeal. Then, we’ll top it with berry jam (and extra peanut butter if you’re a real lover, like me). You can also add crushed peanuts and fresh berries on top.

Go completely D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) and use my Homemade Peanut Butter and Berry Chia Seed Jam recipes. Alternatively, use your store-bought favorites for a quicker and easier option!

PS: If you love this recipe, you’ll also enjoy my PB and J Overnight Oats for a meal prep breakfast!

This peanut butter and jelly oatmeal is:

  • Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free
  • Made with no refined sugar // naturally sweetened with maple syrup
  • A quick and easy, one pot breakfast recipe
  • Ready in 10 minutes with simple pantry staples
  • Customizable with options for different toppings
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Ingredients in this pb&j oatmeal recipe

  • Oats: In particular, rolled oats are the best choice for this breakfast recipe. Oats contain key nutrients, fiber, and plant-based protein.
  • Peanut butter: Peanut butter adds that deliciously rich, creamy, and nutty flavor we all love in a PB&J.
  • Jam: Create your own homemade jam, or choose a favorite berry or grape jam.
  • Non-dairy milk: Use any non-dairy variety, such as almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk.
  • Maple syrup: This recipe is refined sugar-free. Instead, we’ll sweeten the oats with real maple syrup. You can also use chopped medjool dates or coconut sugar.
  • Cinnamon: This healthy spice adds warm flavor and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Vanilla: A dash of vanilla extract adds a nice flavor and aroma.
  • Salt: Just a pinch is needed. It may sound odd to you, but trust me on this one!
a wooden and marble serving board topped with ingredients for pb&j oatmeal, including oats, almond milk, maple syrup, and berry jam

How to make peanut butter and jelly oatmeal

For the full ingredients list and step-by-step instructions, scroll down to view the recipe card below.

First, combine all oatmeal ingredients in a small/medium pot. This includes oats, plant-based milk, water, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt.

Transfer the pot to a stovetop. Cook over medium heat while mixing the ingredients together. Continue to frequently stir the oatmeal while cooking to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Cook until thick and creamy, about 6-8 minutes.

After, transfer the peanut butter oatmeal to bowls. Top with jam, extra peanut butter, crushed nuts, and fresh berries. Enjoy!

peanut butter and jelly inside a white bowl surrounded by berries, oats, maple syrup, and berry jam

Is peanut butter vegan?

Yes! Peanut butter is vegan. If you’re new to a vegan lifestyle or a plant-based diet, you may have never checked the back of a peanut butter label before. Does it actually contain butter? No, it does not. Don’t get confused by the name; peanut butter is made without animal products.

The simplest form of peanut butter will include just one ingredient: peanuts. Oftentimes, brands like to enhance the flavor by adding a dash of salt or sugar. Nonetheless, I recommend always checking ingredient labels just to be sure.

Are jam and jelly the same thing?

No, they are not the same thing. Jam and jelly are similar in the sense that they both contain fruit or fruit-based products. Many people use jelly and jam interchangeably when referring to a peanut butter and jelly, or PB&J, sandwich.

Jam is a loose spread made from crushed fruit, pureed fruit, or fruit pulp. It has a chunkier texture and more spreadable consistency. On the other hand, jelly is a thick and clear spread made from fruit juice. It has a semisolid consistency; it is resilient and somewhat elastic.

Is jam vegan?

Yes! Jam is vegan. Traditionally, it’s made with just fruit, water, and sugar.

Is jelly vegan?

Now this one isn’t as clear. The answer is… it depends. Some brands of jelly are completely vegan while others contain gelatin. Gelatin is an animal byproduct that’s made of collagen. You can read more about gelatin and why it’s used in jelly here.

If you’re following a vegan diet, the safest bet is to opt for jam instead. If you want to use jelly, just double check the ingredient label first.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal

  • Author: Kaylie Grace
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cook, Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Peanut butter and jelly oatmeal is a quick, easy, and healthy breakfast recipe! It’s vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and tastes just like a classic PB&J sandwich. This thick and creamy oatmeal is made with simple ingredients and ready in just 10 minutes. Great for kids and adults!


Ingredients

Scale

Oatmeal

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (such as almond or oat milk)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 12 tbsp maple syrup (optional, to sweeten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Toppings


Instructions

  1. Combine oatmeal ingredients in a small/medium pot.
  2. Transfer the pot to a stovetop. Cook over medium heat while mixing the ingredients together. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the oats have absorbed most of the liquid. It should take 6-8 minutes.
  3. Transfer oatmeal to bowls. Top with berry jam, a drizzle of peanut butter, crushed peanuts, and/or fresh berries. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you’re following a strict gluten-free diet, check to make sure your oats are certified gluten-free.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 385
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 11g

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