Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal

As I said on my last blog post, I am adding budget-friendly recipes to be blog coming out of my Food Stamps Experience Project for school. This is my first budget-friendly recipe that is for breakfast. This recipe can be made either hot or cold. It requires minimal kitchen gadgets to make!

What You Will Need:

If Served Hot:

  • Microwave or pot/stove
  • Microwaveable Bowl or container
  • Spoon

If Served Cold:

  • Bowl or container
  • Spoon
oatmeal ingredients


  • Plain Oats
  • Banana
  • Peanut Butter
  • Water


Simple, one ingredient.


Peanut Butter

Look for a natural peanut butter that contains minimal ingredients such as only peanuts or peanuts and salt. Avoid peanut butters that have added oils or sugar.



For the oats, make sure to purchase plain oats. These oats should have no added sugars or flavoring. The ingredients list will just say ‘oats.’ There are different types of oats: quick oats, rolled oats, and steel cut oats. Steel cut oats must be cooked in a pot over the stove, they cannot be served cold. Rolled oats or quick oats can be cooked either on stove top or in the microwave and can also be served cold.

Directions (Served Hot):

  1. Place oats and water in portions according to the label directions. Place quick oats or rolled oats and water in a bowl and microwave. Alternatively, cook steel cut oats, rolled oats, or quick oats in a pot on the stove top with water. Heat until the oats soften and the oats absorb the water
  2. Top with a sliced banana and peanut butter!

Directions (Served Cold):

  1. Place rolled oats or quick oats in a container and add either water or nondairy milk in portions according to the instructions. Place the container in the refrigerator overnight to allow the oats to absorb the liquid.
  2. Remove the container from the refrigerator and top with sliced banana and peanut butter! Note: Do not cut the banana in advance because the slices will start browning once the banana is peeled.

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