Peanut Butter Banana Chia Oatmeal

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The ultimate healthy breakfast recipe, this peanut butter banana oatmeal is creamy, voluminous and will keep you full all morning long! Plus it only takes about 10 minutes to make.  Each bowl has around 370 calories, 17 grams of fiber (woot!), and 11 grams of protein. Let’s start the year with one of my absolute favorite oatmeal recipes that has somehow never made it to the blog until now — peanut butter banana chia oatmeal. Several years ago this oatmeal combo with banana, chia seeds and pb was my daily breakfast for months on end. At some point I switched things up and sort of forgot about peanut butter banana oatmeal but this winter I started making it again and was quickly reminded just how delicious it is. Oatmeal, especially when made with extra water and pumped up with bananas and chia seeds, is a volume eater’s best friend. The trick is using double the amount of liquid typically recommended. Most old fashioned oatmeal packages recommend a 1:2 ratio so 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup of water, but when I make oatmeal I do 1/2 cup oats and 1 1/2 – 2 cups of water (or non-diary milk). The oats take a little bit longer to cook, but they easily soak up all the liquid resulting in a much larger portion. With this recipe, the banana and chia seeds help too. The banana slices add sweetness, but they also soften and expand making the oats extra voluminous while the chia seeds pack in a ton of nutrition and make the oats fluffy and thick. The key is making sure you stir the oats while cooking so the banana slices break down and the chia seeds get even distributed rather than clumping in one spot. No one likes clumps of chia.

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