Peanut butter + chocolate is a timeless combination. It reminds me of a childhood of eating Reese’s peanut butter cups and undergrad days spooning Nutella and peanut butter straight out of the jar. And while I do somewhat regret those jars of Nutella and peanut butter (freshman year was about learning to make healthy life choices), there’s nothing to regret about these healthy peanut butter chocolate oats. The balance of healthy carbs and fats will fuel you throughout the day and also reduce cravings for less healthy carbs and fats.
And I know “carbs” and “fats” are trigger words – there’s so many diets that are low carb and low fat, and this recipe is neither. But while I am not a nutritionist, I’ve learned from personal experience that you need to eat full, balanced meals to be healthy and have energy. When I didn’t eat carbs, my energy was so low that all I did was sleep. When I didn’t eat fat, I was hungry all the time and always thinking about food. So when I eat these peanut butter chocolate oats, sprinkled with crushed walnuts, I know I’m feeding myself what I need to to conquer the day!
If you’re looking for other healthy oatmeal recipes, check out my recipe for Healthy Chocolate Berry Oatmeal.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal
Calories: ~350 (calculated based off my ingredients)
If you’re not feeling super hungry, just halve the recipe
1/2 cup dry oatmeal
1 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s Dark)
6 walnuts, in quarters
6 chocolate chips or small handful of cocoa nibs
- Prepare oatmeal according to package instructions
- Mix cooked oatmeal, peanut butter, and cocoa powder together until evenly distributed
- Sprinkle with walnuts and chocolate chips / cocoa nibs
This recipe is so simple it can be a go-to breakfast item. The peanut butter and cocoa powder create a rich and fragrant combination, and the chocolate chips and walnuts add texture and pockets of sweetness.