This peanut butter porridge is a healthy, satisfying and protein-packed breakfast. It tastes rich and creamy, and it'll keep you feeling full until lunchtime. And if you need, oatmeal with peanut butter can be gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.
What you'll love about the recipe
- Warming and comforting on chilly mornings.
- Quick and easy to make, peanut butter porridge is ready to eat in ten minutes.
- Oats, milk and peanut butter contain plenty of protein which will keep you feeling full and satisfied.
- High in soluble fibre which is heart-healthy and beneficial for your digestion.
- An easy dairy-free breakfast that is also refined sugar free.
- Budget friendly oatmeal is much more cost effective than many other packaged cereals.
Oats. You can use porridge or rolled oats for this peanut butter porridge. For a chunkier texture, you could also use jumbo oats. Steel cut or pin head oats are a different texture and take much longer to cook.
Remember, if you are gluten-free, buy oats that are certified gluten-free so that they have been processed separately from other grains.
If you prefer, you can also make porridge with oat bran which is even higher in fibre.
Milk. For a dairy-free peanut butter porridge, oat milk is best, but you could also use nut milk if you prefer. If you are using cows milk, you can either use skimmed or full fat milk.
Peanut butter. I used smooth peanut butter, but you can also use crunchy if you prefer.
If you like peanut butter, you might also like these healthy peanut butter flapjacks.
Optional ingredients and variations
- You can sweeten and flavour this peanut butter porridge further with a generous pinch of cinnamon. (You might also like this spiced porridge recipe.) Or try some grated nutmeg or a quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- For added sweetness, add a teaspoon of honey to the recipe.
- Peanut butter can be substituted with another nut butter of your choice such as almond butter or hazelnut butter.
- Use half water and half milk to make a lighter porridge if you prefer.
How to make healthy peanut butter porridge
Add the oats and milk to a pan. I don't think a non stick pan is necessary, but you can use one if you prefer.
Place the pan over a medium heat. Bring the porridge up to a boil, and simmer for 3-4 minutes until thickened. Stir frequently so that the porridge doesn't stick to the pan.
Add the peanut butter to the oatmeal and stir well until thoroughly mixed. The peanut butter will thicken the porridge further - if it's too thick you can add a splash more milk.
If you want to get ahead, you can measure out the oats and milk into the pan, and place it in the fridge for the following morning. It'll save you a few minutes, and the soaked oatmeal will make the porridge extra creamy.
How to serve and store peanut butter oatmeal
Peanut butter oatmeal makes a warming healthy breakfast. Top it with some fresh fruit, or stewed apples. Peanut butter with banana is also great combination.
Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if liked.
For peanut butter and jelly porridge, add some quick healthy jam.
However, you can also enjoy this healthy comfort food at other times of the day. It's a filling snack that will keep you and your family feeling energised. And it's delicious enough to enjoy as a healthy dessert.
I usually make porridge to eat straight away, but it can be made in advance and stored in the fridge. Heat through on the stovetop or in a microwave with a splash of extra milk.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, oatmeal with peanut butter is a healthy breakfast or snack. It contains wholegrain oats, complex carbs, fibre and plenty of protein and healthy fats. It's also got a good variety of vitamins and minerals.
One bowl of this porridge with milk and peanut butter has 323 calories. It is nutrient dense and satisfying and will keep you feeling full.
Technically, oatmeal is a type of porridge. Oatmeal is always made from oats, whereas porridge can also be made from other grains such as rice or corn, or starchy vegetables like sweet potato. In the UK however, porridge is usually made from oats.
Other healthy oatmeal recipes you might like
Oats are a super healthy whole grain, packed with healthy fibre, vitamins and minerals. Enjoy them for breakfast, or as a healthy snack at other times of the day.
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Healthy Peanut Butter Porridge
- 40 g porridge oats
- 220 ml milk
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- Add the milk and oats to a saucepan and place on a medium heat.
- Once the porridge comes up to the boil, simmer for 3-4 minutes until thickened. Stir frequently to ensure the porridge does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Add the peanut butter and stir well until thoroughly mixed.
- Serve hot with toppings of your choice.
- For gluten free porridge, ensure that you use certified gluten free oats.
- For dairy free or vegan peanut butter porridge, use oat milk or your preferred dairy free milk.
- If liked add a pinch of cinnamon to the recipe. Or try some grated nutmeg or vanilla extract.
- A teaspoon of honey can be added for extra sweetness.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.