Peanut Butter Banana Raisin Oatmeal

I've been hooked on oatmeal for about 2 years, and have constantly been refining my recipe. I look forward to it every morning and have to share it.

You can even cut it in half for a more normal sized portion (the portion I do is a lot of food especially in the morning). This would cut the cost and nutrition in half. It's hard to believe how cheap this meal is for the taste and nutrition combo.

Ingredients

  • 1 or 2 Organic Fair-Trade Bananas (~$0.40 for 2)
  • 1 cup of Organic Rolled Oats (~$0.35)
  • 1.5 cups of Water (measure this - 1.5:1 Water:Oats ratio is key)
  • ~1/4 cups of Organic Thompson Seedless Raisins (~$0.44)
  • ~2 Teaspoons or so of Organic Unsalted Unsweetened Creamy Peanut Butter (~$0.09)
  • ~1 Tablespoon or so of Flaxseed Meal (not whole flaxseeds) (no need for Organic) (~$0.05)
  • ~1 Tablespoon or so of Hulled Hemp Seeds (no need for Organic) (~$0.20)
  • Cinnamon to taste (about a teaspoon) (~$0.05)
  • Organic Whole Raw Almonds or comparable (~$1.00)

Total Cost:
$1.43 (without optional banana and almonds toppings)
$2.63 (if you're feeling fancy with those toppings)
$0.72 (going half portion without toppings - amazing!)

Instructions

Yes these instructions are this precise.

  1. Bring 1.5 cups of water to beginning boil on medium heat in small sauce pan (can cover to make this faster).
  2. Pour 1 cup of oats in and give a quick stir.
  3. Slice in 1 banana in about 1/2in disks (use your spoon, don't waste a knife).
  4. Add in desired amount of raisins.
  5. Add in a big teaspoon (~2tsp) or less of peanut butter (to taste) and stir it around. We want this peanut butter to melt and get evenly distributed. Depends on how creamy or solid it is coming out of your refrigerator.
  6. Once the peanut butter is in, the water should start reducing, so turn it down to mid-low heat to avoid it sticking to the bottom and also cooking too quickly. Cooking for longer improves the texture of the oats.
  7. Add in a tablespoon of hulled hemp seeds.
  8. Add in a tablespoon of flaxseed meal and stir until everything so far is evenly distributed (flaxseed meal will accelerate water absorption, which is why I leave it towards the end).
  9. Keep stirring until the end - lifting up and around the sides to avoid sticking.
  10. After a minute or so it should feel like it's getting closer to a pudding consistency. Once the water is mostly gone, and it starts producing some air pops, whistles at you, or howls at you to turn off the heat, add in the cinnamon and stir.
  11. Then turn off the stove, pour into your favorite bowl, and add optional toppings (I like another sliced banana and some almonds).
  12. Let cool for 2 minutes or so, do some pushups, have a glass of water, and then enjoy!

Nutrition

Packed with calories, fiber, and protein, this meal will easily leave you satisfied until lunch.

Without those two toppings:
695 Calories
17g Fiber
120g Carbs
20g Protein

With the extra banana and almonds:
930 Calories
23g Fiber
150g Carbs
26g Protein

Half-size without those two toppings:
350 Calories
9g Fiber
60g Carbs
10g Protein

Keep in mind, this is made of all whole plant foods - the sugar here is all natural, accompanied with the full fiber of the foods, which slows sugar absorption (low glycemic), so it's really no concern to me like there would be with added sugar/syrups.

Let me know on Twitter how you like it and what modifications you make! It's my version of oatmeal but oats in general are a canvas for many great flavors and nutrition profiles if you change up the ingredients.