Life is like a bowl of oatmeal – warm, comforting and full of peanut butter. Oatmeal is an interesting food, people either love it or hate it. I think the haters assume it’s “diet” food and can only be eaten plain or with brown sugar and cinnamon. If you’re not quite ready for Bacon & Cheese Oatmeal or Spicy Oatmeal, then how about something a little simpler. This is a transformation of a nostalgic childhood sandwich to a delectable bowl of gourmet goodness. No more flavored packets of artificially-flavored sugar-filled oatmeal. All you need to have on hand is some peanut butter and jelly, which you should already have, otherwise what are you doing here?
1/3 cup quick oats
3/4 cup milk or water
2T creamy natural peanut butter
1T jelly (Trader Joe’s makes outstanding reduced-sugar preserves)
pinch of cinnamon (optional)
3 drops vanilla extract (optional)
1. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, mix the oats and milk or water. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, watching to make sure it does not overflow.
2. Mix in peanut butter and jelly and mix well.
If the oatmeal becomes too thick, add more liquid. If the oatmeal is too runny, add more peanut butter (you can never have enough) or place it back in the microwave for an additional 30-60 seconds. Just keep an eye out for the oatmeal overflowing!