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April 9, 2020

by Alyssa

High Protein Peanut Butter Oatmeal

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This peanut butter oatmeal recipe is packed with plant-based protein, is super flavorful and simple. It's great for meal prep, is vegan and gluten-free too!

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As soon as I wake up in the morning I start thinking about breakfast. What am I going to make? What do we have on hand?

Some of the things I always have on hand: oats and peanut butter.

This is peanut butter oatmeal recipe is actually something I make quite frequently, just haven't ever shared with you before. But since I know you all..

a) love oatmeal
b) love peanut butter

…I felt like it was about time to give you this recipe. It's easy, it's healthy, it can be meal prepped and it's super tasty!

How to Add Protein to Oatmeal

How to Add Protein to Oatmeal

While I'm all about a big bowl of carbs in the morning, it doesn't always agree with me. I need to make sure that I'm balancing some of those carbs out with healthy fats and protein. These two macros help make your meals more filling, but also more sustaining meaning you won't be reaching for a snack mid-morning.

Here are a few ways to add protein to oatmeal:

  • add some protein powder while cooking (you'll have to up the liquid ratio)
  • stir in some high protein seeds (like hemp and/or chia)
  • top it with some nut butter (peanut butter is especially great!)

I would recommend picking at least two of these things off the list so you can try to get your oatmeal bowl in the 15g per serving range.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Ingredients

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Oatmeal

We're picking two of those protein items to add to this peanut butter oatmeal recipe: seeds and nut butter. These additions actually bring our oatmeal 16g of protein per bowl (and that's excluding toppings). That's a surefire way to keep you nice and full until lunchtime!

So here's what we'll be using in today's oatmeal recipe:

  • Oats: feel free to use any variety, just know that the cooking time will vary
  • Chia seeds: high in omega-3s, healthy fats and protein
  • Hemp seeds: super high in protein and another form of healthy fat
  • Peanut butter: adds amazing flavor (duh!), but also gives our bowl even more protein and healthy fats
  • Maple syrup: for a bit of sweetness – this is optional, but I think is worth it!
  • Almond milk: feel free to swap with water or your milk of choice

How to make Peanut Butter Oatmeal

How to Make Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Did you know that there are actually multiple ways to cook oatmeal? The stovetop method – which we're using in today's recipe – but you can also cook oatmeal in the slow cooker or in your instant pot!

But we're using the stovetop method because I find it the easiest with rolled oats.

I make my oatmeal by adding my oats and liquid together into the pot first. I bring that to a simmer then stir in the rest of my ingredients. I continue to stir until the oatmeal is thick and creamy. Then I pour it in my bowl and have fun with my toppings!

High Protein Peanut Butter Oatmeal Recipe

Fun Toppings for Oatmeal

I'm all about toppings when it comes to my oatmeal. Not only does it make the bowl really pretty, but the added textures just make it more interesting to eat. I was feeling hungry the day I shot this so I added quite a few toppings! Feel free to follow my list or pick and choose your favorites.

  • chopped up protein bar (I used half of a chocolate one – YUM!)
  • cacao nibs
  • more peanut butter
  • more hemp seeds

Other topping ideas for this peanut butter oatmeal recipe would be:

But really, it's up to you to make this oatmeal bowl your own. I hope you love the flavor and I hope you love how filling it is!

High-Protein Peanut Butter Oatmeal

More Healthy Oatmeal Recipes to Try:


Creamy Peanut Butter Oatmeal

This Creamy Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe is so easy to make and absolutely delicious! Nutritious, vegan, gluten-free and made with whole food ingredients like rolled oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, maple syrup, and peanut butter! You'll love this homemade recipe - it's great for meal prep and tastes like dessert!
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 419kcal
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5 from 3 votes


optional toppings:

  • chopped protein bar (I love these ones)
  • drizzle of peanut butter
  • sprinkle of chia seeds
  • sprinkle of cacao nibs


  • Add the oats and milk into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then stir in the seeds, peanut butter, and maple syrup. Continue to stir and cook until thickened.
  • Add to a bowl, and top with any toppings you'd like!



* nutrition facts do not include toppings!


Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Calcium: 332mg | Iron: 4mg
High-Protein Peanut Butter Oatmeal
High-Protein Peanut Butter Oatmeal
High-Protein Peanut Butter Oatmeal

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Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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