Serve Oatmeal in an Empty Peanut Butter Jar

Empty Peanut Butter Jar Oatmeal

A while back I saw quite an interesting concept on fellow blogger KathEats‘ site – oatmeal served in an *almost* empty jar of nut butter. Um… sign ME up!

It’s taken some time for us to remember to actually leave some nut butter scrapings in one of our jars…

{insert image of Ryan or me… or both, squeeking out every last morsel of nut butter goodness from the jar with our hungry little fingers… I mean, with a spatula}

…but finally, we were able to keep ourselves away from the almost empty jar long enough to throw together this quickie recipe.

Empty Peanut Butter Jar Oatmeal

The recipe itself was a fairly standard frozen berry oatmeal recipe, but you can substitute whatever ingredients you have on hand, and/or any other oatmeal recipe that would go well with nut butter.

And, you can also substitute any nut butter as well – i.e. peanut butter, sunflower, almond, cashew, etc. I made a deal with Ryan that he could have this one, if I could have dibs on the jar of sunflower butter that we are also working through. Empty Peanut Butter Jar Oatmeal He agreed and we shook on it. Ok, no we didn’t, but it sounds so much more definitive if we did.


  • 1/2 cup (40g) rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 medium banana, sliced (mine was frozen today)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tsp stevia (or agave nectar, or honey)
  • 1 tsp vanilla (my new favorite brand; what they are lacking in web design, they make up in flavor)
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 almost empty jar of crunchy Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds

Empty Peanut Butter Jar Oatmeal


In a medium size pan, heat the oats, water, and salt over medium heat with the lid on. Once the mixture begins to simmer, approximately 5-6 minutes, remove the lid and set aside, and stir in the banana and mixed berries (it’s ok if they are still a little frozen).

Continue to stir, almost whipping, until the banana breaks down and the mixture thickens and becomes creamy, about another 5-6 minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency. Add the stevia and vanilla, and stir until incorporated. Pour into the empty peanut butter jar and top with a sprinkle of ground flax seeds.

The peanut butter melts and combines with the oats so you get pb flavor, and pockets of peanut butter goodness with every bite… Ryan did share a bite with me and it was oh so delish.


If you are into microwaving your oats rather than heating them on the stovetop, this works too. I would recommend heating them in a non-plastic bowl first, and then pouring them into the jar after heated.

Nutritional Info

Note: Nutritional data is approximate, as I did not measure the peanut butter in the jar, and am using a guesstimate of 1 tbsp.

1 servings = per serving

Calories: 325
Fat: 11 g
Carbs: 50 g
Protein: 10 g

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Ryan October 8, 2009 at 9:40 AM

That oatmeal was so good, it was Peanut Butter-tastic! I am grateful that Sheila let me have it, knowing how much she likes PB also. If you have never seen or thought about this and are a fan of PB (or any nut butter) and oatmeal, give it a try.


VeggieGirl October 8, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Yours is by far the prettiest one I’ve seen in the blogworld! :)


Kath October 8, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Yum!!! Great photos :)


Katie Nemargut October 8, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Sheila that might be the greatest thing I have ever seen!


Christiane October 8, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Oh, that looks tasty! And I love that Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter.
Beautiful pictures!


Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 9, 2009 at 9:32 AM

This looks suuuuuper yummy! I love the vivid pictures and even though I just finished breakfast, you officially made me hungry again. Psh!


Natalie October 9, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Looks so good! I love your website, thanks for all the great information :)


Sagan October 10, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Mmmm. Usually I scrape out the bottom of my jar a little TOO well to be able to have this. I’ll have to exercise restraint next time I”m finishing a jar ;)


Jaya October 10, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Sheila, what an amazing photographic representation of this treat! I also LOVE the oats in a jar and I think that I even subconsciously plough through the jar faster just so that I can eat the last remnants with my oats. I actually think that I’m ready to try PB (or any B) with a savoury twist. I am thinking something like leftover stirfry and brown rice or quinoa with PB. I can see that being fun. I love your photos.. I know I already said that, but they are really simple and sublime.


Sheila October 14, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Thank you everyone for your comments! This was such a fun and easy recipe to share. I am glad you liked it so much. :-)

Jaya – I’ve made a thai peanut {butter} chicken stirfry with red peppers and green onion. You just reminded me, I should put that recipe up (haven’t made it in a while, but it was a regular on the dinner time rotation for a long time!).


Nick October 17, 2009 at 8:09 AM

Hmm, I’ve seen this on a couple sites now. Must try it, only problem is that I keep my pb jars clean, basically spotless. So by the time I get to the bottom its clean!


Anne October 20, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Sheila – I did this last Friday with an almost empty jar of almond butter…it was so yummy! Thanks for the idea.

BTW – speaking of nut butters…I am an almond butter addict and only just found Naturally More Almond Butter, has flaxseed in it already! So yummy!
Love the Naturally More brand but could only find the peanut butter until this weekend.


Sheila October 22, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Yay! My pleasure Anne.

I actually did know that Naturally More sold Almond Butter, but have never seen it in the stores, only online. Yummm… I used to buy Naturally More PB all the time, but now that I can’t find it locally (boo) I have switched over to the Trader Joe’s version. Did you see our Naturally More PB contest a while back?


Sana November 8, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Sheila…ever since I saw this on your website, I have wanted to try it. I am eating chocolate oats in an almost empty peanut butter jar. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing :)


Sheila November 9, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Pretty darn tasty aren’t they?!


jenna February 9, 2010 at 9:54 PM

i just came across your blog and i can’t wait to keep reading :)
i would love it if you could come check out my blog and follow as well!


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