You (peanut) butter watch out….

Nothing tops a mean pb&j on toasted homestyle wheat bread. Mmmm, melty peanut butter overflowing only a scarce amount of strawberry jam making for a solid 2-1 ratio of PB to J (because you’re weird if you like more jelly than peanut butter…I mean, common sense right there).

Craving those toasted pb&j late night sandwiches that I occasionally treated myself to sophomore year of college, I decided to experiment with a pb&j baked oatmeal. MAN, is it good. Warm, ooey gooey, melt in your mouth spoonfuls of oatmeal, banana and peanut butter?!?! Show me the money, Bex. Who would want to win the powerball anyways when they could make this in 20 minutes and be perfectly satisfied for life…

Also, fun fact for the day: Bex has a very intense obsession with Nature’s Path granola called Love Crunch. This love affair has been going on since I first tried their Carrot Cake Love Crunch from VitaCost.com a few years ago. Now, sadly, Nature’s Path discontinued my FAVORITE flavor (aka the carrot cake one) but every new flavor is killing it (Dark Chocolate Macaroon, Dark Chocolate and Red Berries,  Apple Chia Crumble and more). I can’t resist trying each new kind, and thus far, I have to say that this new Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Love Crunch is at the top of the charts.

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PB&J Banana Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl slice a banana into pieces and then mash. Mix in milk and vanilla extract. Then add in baking soda, salt, cinnamon and oats. Combine until mixed.

Spoon half of the oatmeal mixture into a small ramekin. Then take 2 tbsp. of peanut butter and press into the middle of the mixture. Next add in 1 tbsp. of strawberry jam. Top with remaining oatmeal mixture.

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Sprinkle oatmeal with Love Crunch. Then place ramekin on top of a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove baked oatmeal from the oven and bon appétit!

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