Slow Cooker Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal: With only 5 minutes of prep, you can prepare peanut butter and jelly steel cut oatmeal that will cook overnight for an easy, healthy breakfast that is ready when you wake up.
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I think you all know by now, I LOVE oatmeal.
In my book, oatmeal is a great, healthy start to any day as it is filled with whole grains and fiber. And when prepared with milk, oatmeal also provides protein and calcium–making for a wholesome, balanced meal. That is why I have lots of oatmeal recipes featured in my collection of healthy breakfast recipes.
And while I have shared, tons of recipes made with oats here, and even a recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Muffins, I have never shared with you my kids’ all-time favorite oatmeal recipe–peanut butter and jelly oatmeal.
Slow Cooker Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal
I am not surprised, though, as this hearty bowl of oatmeal is studded with pockets of sweet jelly and creamy peanut butter–I mean it is just a classic combination that is ALWAYS a winner!
And while it is my kids favorite oatmeal, it is also a favorite of this mom, as well–because it takes me all of 5 minutes to make!
How to Make Crockpot Steel Cut Oatmeal
I have shared with you several recipes for Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal, like Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal and Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal. I just love that with just a few minutes of prep work, I can set my crockpot to cook through the night and wake up to breakfast being made–it is almost as good as being served breakfast in bed. ALMOST!!!
Peanut Butter Steel Cut Oatmeal is incredibly easy to make, as well. Just follow these simple steps:
- Grease your slow cooker with coconut oil or a cooking spray.
- Pour in steel cut oats.
- Pour in your milk, water and seasonings.
- Set your slow cooker to low and go to bed!
- Upon waking, dollop the oatmeal with peanut butter and jelly and mix until combined.
- Dish up for a perfect start to your day.
Key Ingredients in Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal
One of the many reasons I love oatmeal is because oats themselves are healthy. BUT, what you mix into your oatmeal is crucial to building a healthy balanced breakfast, as well.
Take a look at the ingredients I use to build a healthy bowl of oatmeal:
- Steel Cut Oats–full of fiber and protein
- Milk–superior source of calcium, vitamin D and protein
- Chia Seeds–provides a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber
- Banana (optional)–I use a ripe banana in this oatmeal to sweeten the oatmeal while it cooks. It is not necessary, as the jelly will sweeten the oatmeal too, but is a great way to make this steel cut oatmeal sweet naturally.
- Peanut Butter (or any nut butter)
- All-Fruit Jelly–be sure to use a jelly made without added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
I am often asked what milk I prefer to use in my oatmeal recipes. Unless you have a true milk allergy–I highly recommend cow’s milk. The following question I am asked is; Do you recommend organic or conventional milk?
Is Organic Milk Really Better for you?
Deciding if organic milk is really worth the higher price tag can be a bit tricky.
In fact, for years, I only purchased organic milk. But after my visit this past fall to a dairy farm in Ohio, I learned quite a bit of information that has changed my opinion. Now, I choose to save my money and buy conventional milk.
In terms of quality, safety and nutrition, there’s no difference between organic and regular milk—which for years, I did not fully understand. The difference is how they are produced on the farm.
- Organic and conventional milk are natural and pure.
- Stringent government standards that include testing all types of milk for antibiotic and pesticide residues ensure that organic and conventional milk are wholesome, safe and nutritious.
- All dairy farmers provide all cows—on both conventional and organic farms—the highest-quality care. And I can tell you after my visit to dairy farms this past fall, I saw that top-notch care in action.
- At the farm, in the tanker truck, and at the processing plant, all milk is tested for commonly used antibiotics to ensure that milk meets the government’s stringent quality and safety standards. They are rarely discovered, but any milk that tests positive is immediately discarded and has no chance of reaching store shelves. Dairy farmers must pay for the rejected milk, giving them a strong financial incentive to keep their milk free of antibiotics.
- It is important to note that dairy cows are not routinely treated with antibiotics. If a cow develops an illness, both organic and traditional dairy farmers would treat the cow with the same antibiotics under the close supervision of a qualified veterinarian. The cow would be taken from the milking herd, treated and not put back into the herd until her milk tested free of antibiotics. On an organic farm, that cow would permanently exit the herd, most often being sold to a traditional dairy farm.
- All milk tested (both conventional and organic) have no trace of pesticides.
- Find out more about the difference between conventional and organic milk here.
Bottom Line: The type of milk you choose is a matter of personal preference as all milk is nutritious and wholesome.
Notes on Steel Cut Peanut Butter Oatmeal
- Remember to grease the inside of your slow cooker so the oatmeal will not stick to your pot–I use coconut oil as it does not burn as easily as butter and tastes delicious with nut butters.
- Be sure to use STEEL CUT OATS (or sometimes labeled Irish Oats) regular or quick cooking oats will not work in the slow cooker as this recipe is written.
- If you have an allergy to peanut butter, feel free to use almond butter or sunflower seed butter. Both are equally as tasty.
- Any jelly works in this steel cut peanut butter oatmeal recipe. My kids are on a blackberry kick right now, but when I have a batch of strawberry chia jam made that is my preferred choice. I do recommend using jellies that are sweetened with fruit juice, not sugars to cut back on added sugars in your diet. Of course, freshly sliced fruit, like bananas, or strawberries would be delicious on this PB&J oatmeal too.
- You can use any percent milk you would like in overnight steel cut oatmeal. Whole milk gives this oatmeal a luxurious taste, while fat-free milk can be used to decrease calories and fat in this oatmeal recipe. All cow’s milk has the same nine essential nutrients!
- If you happen to have leftover steel cut peanut butter oatmeal, place in sealed container in fridge. Warm up with a splash of milk, as needed. Peanut Butter Crockpot Oatmeal will keep in refrigerator for 3-5 days, which makes this a great recipe to use for meal prep on the weekend.
Recipe for PB&J Steel Cut Oatmeal
Slow Cooker Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal
Steel cut oats are cooked overnight in the crockpot and flavored with peanut butter and jelly for a delicious, healthy breakfast.
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks optional
- dash of salt
- 1/2-1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2-1 cup all fruit jelly spread
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
Grease slow cooker pot with coconut oil (or cooking spray).
Add oats, chia seeds, water, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, dash of salt and banana if using in slow cooker.
Place lid on slow cooker and cook for 6 hours on low for firm texture and 8 hours on low for softer texture. Alternatively, cook on high for 3-4 hours.
In morning, mix in 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 jelly into oatmeal.
Serve with an additional drizzle of peanut butter and jelly if desired.
Be sure to ONLY use steel cut oats for this recipe.
The banana is for additional sweetness and can be omitted.
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