Your favorite childhood sandwich transformed into your new favorite healthy breakfast or snack: Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal is where it’s at. Sweet, moist baked oatmeal is topped with cooked berries and peanut butter, and finished with a sprinkle of sugar. Serve this sweet treat with a side of yogurt and some more berries for the ultimate, filling and healthy meal.
Here is what you’ll need to make this baked oatmeal
- unsweetened applesauce
- vanilla extract
- brown sugar
- kosher salt
- baking powder
- old fashioned oats
- unsweetened almond milk
- frozen mixed berries (no sugar added, check the label and make sure the only ingredients are berries)
- corn starch
- peanut butter powder
What is powdered peanut butter? It’s exactly as it sounds. It’s basically ground up peanuts, (and some brands also contain sugar). If you are using a brand that contains sugar for extra flavor, the calories are a little higher than the ones without the sugar, but they do taste way better. There are so many brands out there, and you can find them all in the peanut butter aisle of your supermarket. No need to head to a specialty market for this ingredient. Also, the one I used for this recipe (PB Fit), contains sugar, so I used 1/4 cup of it. If you use a brand without sugar, you can probably use more of it for the same calories and points.
How do you eat baked oatmeal? What is the texture like?
The texture of baked oatmeal is soft, moist and dense. It’s not really like a cake, although it cuts like one. It’s more of a convenient way to batch-prep oatmeal. Baked oatmeal offers the comfort of a warm bowl of cooked oatmeal, with the convenience and ease of baking and cutting a cake. You can eat baked oatmeal on it’s own; do not expect it to be hard like a cookie. It is a moist, dense cake that essentially falls apart as you eat it, just like a warm bowl of soft oatmeal. I enjoy eating my baked oatmeal with yogurt and extra fruit. I build it together in a bowl, and mix it all up! If you haven’t tried my baked oatmeal yet, here are some of the other ones:
- Maple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- Dark Chocolate Baked Oatmeal
- Lemon Almond Baked Oatmeal
- Smores Baked Oatmeal
- Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
How to make this peanut butter and jelly baked oatmeal
Making the berry topping
This recipe requires an additional step from the other baked oatmeal recipes, because we are actually making the berry topping from scratch. Sure, the easy way out would be to top this with pre-made jam or jelly. The problem with that is 1 tablespoon of grape jelly alone is 50 calories, and 3 WW points. Sure, you can use sugar free jelly here, but you probably already know my thoughts on the after taste and ingredients of sugar free products; so instead, I use frozen mixed berries, and cook them down into a thick compote. I was able to create this recipe with all things I had in my fridge, freezer and pantry, so I am guessing some of you will be able to do that as well. To make the berry topping, simply pour the frozen berries into a small saucepan, and cook them for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, combine the corn starch with the water to create a slurry, and then add it to the berries. This will thicken them up super quickly. Then, cook this mixture for another 2-3 minutes and set it aside.
Now, this berry topping is not going to be very sweet. It is just cooked down berries and corn starch, after all. But don’t worry about that. Later on, we will be adding sugar to the top of this before baking (make sure not to skip this step).
How to make the oatmeal
In a large mixing bowl, create the base oatmeal mixture. Start by mashing up the bananas, and then adding the applesauce, vanilla extract, salt, brown sugar, and baking powder. Then, add the milk and oats. Stir everything to combine. Pour this mixture into a sprayed baking dish (I use this one from Corningware, its a 2.5 qt). You can use any size baking dish you want; if you want a thinner bake, you can use a larger dish. For a thicker, denser cake, use a smaller baking dish.
How to make the peanut butter swirl
Combine the powdered peanut butter with the water to form a thick and creamy peanut butter mixture.
Then, dollup the peanut butter on top of the dish, and swirl it gently with a fork. (I need work in this department).
Then, sprinkle the granulated sugar on top, and pop this dish into the oven at 375F to bake for 35 minutes.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal
- baking dish, casserole dish, pie plate
- mixing bowl
- small sauce pan
- 2 cups mixed berries, frozen
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 1 tsp water
- 2 bananas, overripe
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened, or cashew milk or skim
- 1.5 cups old fashioned oats
Peanut Butter Topping
- 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter
- 3 tbsp water
- 2 tsp granulated sugar, I used cane sugar, it is coarser
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Pour the frozen berries into the small sauce pan, and turn the heat on to medium.
- Cook the berries for 10 minutes, or until they are broken down.
- Combine the corn starch with the water to form a slurry, then add it to the berries.
- Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until thickened, like jelly. Set aside.
- Spray a small baking dish or casserole with cooking spray. I used an 8.5" x 11" 2.5qt casserole dish for this.
- Add the bananas to the bottom of a mixing bowl, and mash them with a fork.
- Add the applesauce, sugar, baking powder, salt and extract and stir to combine.
- Add the milk. Whisk together.
- Add the oats. Fold in.
- Pour the mixture evenly into the baking dish.
- Add the berry topping to the top of the oatmeal, in an even layer.
- Combine the powdered peanut butter with the water to form a thick and creamy peanut butter mixture.
- Dollup the peanut butter on top of the berry topping, and then swirl gently with a fork.
- Sprinkle the top of the dish with the granulated sugar, evenly.
- Bake at 375 for 35 minutes.
- 6 points
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