Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free + Vegan)

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it’s sweetened with just a ripe banana! You’ll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it's sweetened with just a ripe banana! You'll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.The photos in this post were updated in May 2016, but the recipe and writing below remains the same as when originally published! I’ve been rephotographing some of my old favorite recipes here on the site that don’t get nearly enough attention, probably because the photos didn’t do this delicious oatmeal justice.

But, for memorial’s sake, I’m not rewriting the post at all. All that’s below, including the recipe, is the original from July 2012. Enjoy – this recipe is still one of my favorites! I make it at least a couple of times a month :)

It’s clear to everyone who knows me I’m addicted to chocolate and peanut butter together. They’re perfect for each other, and anyone who has ever eaten a peanut butter cup can attest to that.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it's sweetened with just a ripe banana! You'll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.I tend to put the two together extremely often, and only a handful of my chocolate and peanut butter recipes have even made it onto the site. I’ve made tons of recipes combining these ingredients, and there are plenty more chocolate and peanut butter recipes that lurk bookmarked in my cookbooks, pinned onto my Pinterest board, and jotted down in my recipe brainstorming notebook.

However, recently my main issue with chocolate and peanut butter has been that it’s not exactly the healthiest combo on the block. Yeah, peanut butter has healthy fats, but it’s still super high in calories and should be eaten in limited amounts.

My peanut butter recipes don’t tend to limit it at all – in fact, I usually put in more peanut butter than recipes call for. Oops.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it's sweetened with just a ripe banana! You'll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.Chocolate, well, we can pretend until we’re blue in the face that chocolate is healthy, but we all know the truth. Chocolate has a few benefits when you have one piece, but when you’re eating like, 10 ounces? Yeah, those benefits are long gone.

So I wanted to make these ingredients sing in deliciousness, and healthfulness! Oatmeal has been one of my go-to breakfasts recently, and I always make it sweetened with only a mashed, ripe banana and made with almond milk.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it's sweetened with just a ripe banana! You'll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.It’s so creamy, perfectly sweet, absolutely delicious, and good for me. So one day while I was grabbing the almond butter I usually swirl on top, I spotted the cocoa powder and decided to toss in a spoonful. Perfect. My other hand reached for the peanut butter, and I knew it was going good places.

A scoop of cocoa into the oats turned them perfectly chocolatey for less than 10 calories and I added swirl of peanut butter on top for good measure. For kicks and giggles, I threw on unsalted raw peanuts for some crunch and a few refined sugar free chocolate chips.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it's sweetened with just a ripe banana! You'll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.It tasted sinful, delicious, and absolutely not like a healthy breakfast – AKA my new favorite breakfast! Since I first made it, I’ve made it at least four times a week for breakfast. It’s that good! I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal (GF, SF, Vegan)
 
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Serves: Yields one serving (recipe is very easily doubled, tripled, etc.)
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted peanuts, chopped
Directions
  1. In a small saucepan, combine oats, banana, almond milk and cocoa powder. Simmer until milk has absorbed into the oats, stirring frequently to prevent burning, for about 4-6 minutes.
  2. Place into a small bowl, swirl in peanut butter, and top with chocolate chips and peanuts. Enjoy!
Notes
To keep the recipe refined sugar free + vegan, make your own chocolate chunks.
This Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal tastes like a peanut butter cup, but it's sweetened with just a ripe banana! You'll love to wake up to this gluten-free, refined sugar-free + vegan breakfast.

Comments

  1. Jaime @ Jaim's Kitchen says:

    Love photos and such a pretty blog! Thanks for stopping by mine and introducing me to your blog :-)

  2. justcooknyc says:

    it’s hard to go wrong with this combination

  3. Lisa H. says:

    You have all my favourite ingredients in one bowl… love it :D

  4. I’m making this. You are a genius.

  5. Bridget says:

    mmm pb and chocolate :)
    Where do you get your sugar-free choc. chips?

    • I found mine at Ralph’s but most major grocery stores should carry them! When I don’t have them though, I just use a few less of regular. And if you use dark, it’s antioxidants! Practically healthy ;)

  6. can this be made without the bananas?

    • You definitely could, you’d just have to add a different sweetener. I’ve done it with white sugar, brown sugar, and Truvia, all added in with the cocoa powder. Still tastes delicious, just without the nutrition of the banana. I typically do about a tablespoon, but adjust to your tastes!

  7. This is my standard go-to for oatmeal! One of the best (and kind of healthy/indulgent) breakfasts!

  8. I work nights in a hospital and usually go for yogurt or oatmeal around 3 AM. This sounds great, but I only have a microwave. How can I make it work.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Cherie! First, I would use quick oats if you’re just popping them in the microwave. Put the almond milk, mashed banana, and quick oats in the microwave for the specified time on the oatmeal package, and then stir in the cocoa powder when the oats are done and proceed with the recipe. Enjoy! :)

  9. Oh my goodness… YUM! This is definitely a recipe I would make over and over and OVER, too. :) I don’t see how you could go wrong with a giant bowl of PB cup for breakfast!

  10. Gah peanut butter and chocolate oatmeal??? Yes to the yes! Sounds amazing!
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  11. I love this combination of oats! I plan to cook this with sugar free chocolate chips, since I am watching my sugar intake.

  12. I’m thinking this recipe is going to get a LOT more attention with photos like this, Rachel! I don’t know what the old ones looked like, but I just want to dive into this bowl! I seriously need this for breakfast this week — oats never looked better!
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  13. So I have to be in the mood for oatmeal and can’t eat it all the time, but I know I could devour this just about every day. I love the chocolate and peanut butter combo, Rachel! Swooning over that gorgeousness!
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  14. Peanut butter and chocolate oatmeal?? OMG, I don’t think breakfast can get any better Rachel! The prettiest bowl of oatmeal I think I’ve ever seen!
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  15. Oh.My.Gosh. Could you SERIOUSLY make oatmeal look any prettier?? I mean, this is seriously just a bowlful of oatmeal perfection! I’m totally down with having chocolate and pb for breakfast in healthy form!! ;)
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  16. These new photos are GORGEOUS. Like very much award-winning quality. So I think your mission has been accomplished. And the recipe is pretty awesome, too!
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  17. I just wanna dive right into this deliciousness!! Chocolate and peanut butter such a classic and tasty combo. I can understand why you make this so often! Pinning and making soon :)
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  18. THIS is why breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. This oatmeal looks like heaven! I would devour it in seconds :P
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  19. I would not mind a huge bowl of this oatmeal for breakfast every day of the week.
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  20. LOVE this!! Any excuse to eat chocolate or sweets for breakfast, I’m IN! Pinned and sharing!
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  21. Now this is my kind of oatmeal! No blandness, just ooey gooey deliciousness. Can’t wait to try this!

  22. Wow! I am dreaming of this gorgeous bowl! And I don’t even like oats…..I am pretty sure this will change after trying your recipe :)
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  23. chocolate and peanut butter is the best combo ever! And having it in oatmeal so I can eat it for breakfast?! gimme!
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  24. I used to eat oatmeal with a banana to sweetened it and some peanut butter all the time. Now I feel like I need to bring it back and make your version because this looks AMAZING! I love all of that chocolate in there too ;)
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  25. Holy peanutbutter Batman! That looks so sinful but it’s totally guilt-free which is a win on every level. Love your photos too!

  26. THIS is my kind of breakfast. Absolutely and in every way!

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