A perfect recipe

Choosing a recipe I love, to share with you all, was easy as I reflected on the past year. This peanut butter and banana oatmeal was one of my go-to breakfasts as a new mom. It also became one of my son’s favourites when I began feeding him solid foods, and it still shows up on the menu most days. In my opinion, this truly is a perfect breakfast because it:

  • Is quick to prep and cook (5 minutes or less!)
  • Uses ingredients I always have on hand
  • Features whole foods
  • Is a four ingredient, balanced meal
  • Has no added sugar
  • Only dirties one bowl (no pots to scrub!)

A perfect synergy

Here is how each ingredient works together to bolster nutrition and staying power.

Banana: An easy way to get some fruit in at breakfast, it provides sweetness so no extra sugar is needed. Just make sure your banana is ripe (yellow or slightly brown), not green.

Large flake oats: Also known as regular or old-fashioned oats, this variety is less processed than quick oats, making it slower to digest. It also provides a nice texture, especially if you are not a fan of mushy porridge, like me.

Milk: The protein in milk helps you stay full longer, plus cooking oats with milk makes them extra creamy.

Peanut butter: Its combo of protein and fat will help satisfy hunger. Any type of nut butter works, but my favourite for this oatmeal is natural, crunchy peanut butter.

A perfect response

Last month, a friend and I were chatting about what my son ate for breakfast, and she was intrigued by the idea of stirring nut butter into cooked oats. She told me that while she liked the taste of oatmeal, she never felt full after eating it for breakfast. That was until she tried this recipe! What do you think? Will this recipe win you over too? Let us know in the comments.

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Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal
Prep Time
2 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
1 serving


1/2 medium ripe banana
1/4 cup (60 ml) large flake oats
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
1 tbsp (15 ml) peanut butter


  1. Mash the banana in a microwavable bowl.
  2. Add the oats and milk; stir to combine.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds, or until done.
  4. Swirl peanut butter into warm oatmeal.