Slow cooker peanut butter & jelly oatmeal is all that and more! Delicious slow cooker oats mixed in with everyone's favorite creamy peanut butter and topped with the perfect jelly. A sandwich favorite transformed into a healthy oatmeal bowl (not just for breakfast!)
Am I the only one who loves breakfast for dinner? Or lunch. Or as a snack? I have never understood why the absolute best food (in my opinion) should only happen once a day!
Likewise, why are certain meals only acceptable after noon? This slow cooker recipe takes the best of breakfast and the best of lunch and combines them into an anytime-of-day meal. It's like a pb&j sandwich in a bowl.
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To make this easy recipe, you will need:
- Steel cut oatmeal - quick oats and old fashioned oats will not work well
- Peanut butter - natural, chunky and creamy classic peanut butter are all great choices
- Vanilla extract - pure vanilla extract is always my favorite, when possible
- Brown sugar - or substitute with a bit of maple syrup
- Milk - of choice. Creamy cashew almond milk is my go-to.
- Jelly - or jam of choice
A slow cooker liner or parchment paper liner would always be my recommendation for the easiest clean-up. Once lined, add all ingredients except jelly into your slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 - 2.5 hours. Stir all ingredients well and top with jelly when serving.
This easy oatmeal recipe can be customized in so many fun ways. If you are looking to omit processed sugar, use sugar-free peanut butter and jelly combo. Brown sugar can be swapped out for two tablespoons of maple syrup.
Are you a peanut butter addict like me? Top with an extra tablespoon of peanut butter and an extra tablespoon of grape jelly for even more goodness.
For a delicious treat that is slightly less sweet options, substitute jelly for fresh berries or other fresh fruit. A sprinkling of flax seeds or ground chia seeds can be stirred in for extra nutrition and texture.
As for the jelly options, I suggest going with your favorite. Strawberry jam, grape jelly, and orange marmalade are all wonderfully delicious!
Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Alternatively, try storing your peanut butter oatmeal in a mason jar. This allows your leftovers to turn into quick grab-and-go future meals. A hearty bowl of oatmeal served in a jar is one of the hottest food trends and is delicious both warmed up or cold.
😉Hints & hacks
- This crockpot oatmeal recipe can be made overnight. I recommend using a dairy-free milk such as unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk or coconut milk. To make overnight, add all ingredients as instructed above and place your slow cooker on warm. It can cook for 8-12 hours this way for a variety of healthy breakfast recipes.
- If you don't eat peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter and even reconstituted powdered peanut butter (PB2) would work.
- Leftovers of this slow cooker oatmeal are perfect for busy mornings. It is a great one to make on a Sunday and store in meal-sized portions for breakfasts all week. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oatmeal and Gingerbread Cookie Dough Oatmeal are also great healthy recipes.
- I do not recommend cooking this oatmeal on high heat. There is a good chance it will burn on the bottom if you do.
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Slow Cooker Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 4 cups milk of choice
- ⅔ cup peanut butter of choice plus more if you want to add it on top
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoon brown sugar
- add all ingredients to slow cooker except jelly1 cup steel cut oats, 4 cups milk of choice, ⅔ cup peanut butter of choice, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 teaspoon brown sugar
- cover and cook on low for about 2 hours
- top with jelly and extra peanut butter and enjoy!jelly