No more boring oatmeal for breakfast! Trust me, no more whining kids in the morning when you serve this peanut butter banana oatmeal recipe. When you say “Chunky Monkey,” everyone will come running to the table! A scrumptious, creamy, hot oatmeal treat with bananas and peanut butter.
What does Chunky Monkey mean? Only the amazing flavor combination of peanut butter and bananas! Jerry (from Ben and Jerry’s) is the mastermind behind this flavor combo and even created an ice cream after it. It’s a hearty, filling breakfast especially when served with a creamy mixed berry smoothie or honey cornbread muffins slathered with honey butter.
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It’s no wonder there’s a chunky monkey recipe for all kinds of tasty treats! This oatmeal with peanut butter and banana tastes just like a chunky monkey smoothie, only it’s hot and healthy! Just the thing you need to get sleepyheads ready for another busy day!
What is Chunky Monkey?
Only the perfect combination of peanut butter and banana and chocolate! In the Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream version, there’s fudge chunks and walnuts added. That’s not to say that you can’t make a chocolate banana oatmeal version of chunky monkey, or, better yet, chunky monkey overnight oats. Just assemble the night before and reheat in the morning!
What’s the Difference Between Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats?
They are both the same kind of oat, the difference is in the processing. Steel cut oats are the oat groats (unbroken grains) that have been cut with a steel blade into smaller pieces, and they take longer to cook. Steel cut oats are perfect for overnight oats. Rolled oats are for quick cooking and baking and because they are processed for quick-cooking, have lost some of their nutrient content.
Steel cut oats are oat groats that have been cut into 2 to 3 smaller pieces using a steel blade. The difference in rolled oats is that they have been flattened and steamed rather than cut with a steel blade. Rolled oats are used to make quick cook oats and instant oats and are often used in baking and cooking because they’ve been steamed and flattened. Rolled oats have a firmer texture and take a bit longer to cook than “quick oats.” Steel cut oats are healthier because they contain more complex B-vitamins and fiber.
How to Make Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
One of the best things about this banana oatmeal recipe is that you don’t need to add any extra sugar. Bananas are mashed and cooked right into the oatmeal, giving it a smooth, creamy sweetness. Oatmeal and bananas are the perfect base for other mix-ins like berries and nuts. Why not experiment a little?
OK, to make this fabulous oatmeal:
- Bring first four ingredients to a boil in a large pot.
- Reduce to low and simmer until thickened. Steel cut oats take about 7 minutes.
- Scoop into bowls and top with chocolate chips and slices of banana.
So easy, right? It’s so filling and tasty. Truly, an easy and fantastic breakfast for your family (and yourself). Cut the recipe in four for an individual serving; it works just as well.
If you are looking for a yummy breakfast on-the-go, load up individual servings of easy Chunky Monkey Oatmeal into stasher bags or mason jars (and use my favorite jar lids!). Include a spoon and some chocolate chips for breakfast on the go! This hot breakfast travels well for the kids! (AND adults, hello!!)
Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup instant steel cut oats or old fashioned oats
- 3 bananas peeled and sliced
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- banana slices optional, for garnish
- In a medium pot, add water, oats, banana, and peanut butter.
- On medium high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer oatmeal for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally until cooked and creamy and oatmeal reaches your desired consistency.
- Scoop into 4 bowls, sprinkling with chocolate chips and banana slices.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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Recipe very slightly adatped from She Well