This post brought to you by National Peanut Board. All opinions are 100% mine.
September is Better Breakfast Month! I am always searching for something different (and better) for breakfast. I grew up eating a lot of eggs and biscuits for breakfast. Along with some sausage or bacon, and that is one hearty meal. But I save those kinds of meals for special occasions now. I still have eggs, because they are a great source of protein. But you I get tired of the run of the meal stuff. I still want to get lots of protein in, so I sat thinking what could I use to “protein” up my breakfast and I thought why not Peanut Butter for Breakfast.
Peanut butter is a protein and nutrient powerhouse, as well the actual peanuts themselves. So I knew I could make something that was tasty and nutritious. One thing that has become absolutely essential for me to do is to meal plan and make ahead. So I decided that I would make some breakfast bars that I could divide and put into plastic bags and just grab on my way out the door.
I absolutely love this time of year. I don’t always love the seasonal allergies that go along with it, but I love the fall and I love all things pumpkin. So I decided on peanut butter pumpkin oatmeal bars. Now I just came up with this and I thought tom myself, this could be a total fail, but it could be really tasty. I gave it a whirl to see how it would come out.
I have a no bake cookie recipe that I make with peanut butter that I follow religiously. It’s something that we make around the holidays and we absolutely love it! Well why not amend that recipe and turn it into breakfast bars. I added pumpkin and decreased the sugar slightly and pumped up the amount of oats. Well the result was pure deliciousness. The trick with these bars is to cut them into small bars that you can grab on the go. They will be tasty, pack a protein punch and be nutritious at the same time!
Peanut butter is not only nutritious but it’s very versatile—spread it on a bagel, stir it in a smoothie or top off your waffles for a quick and easy serving of protein. More and more I’ve been using it in my breakfasts, and I challenge you to try it too! It’s a natural, plant-based source of eight grams of protein and more than 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. Yummy!
1 cup of peanut butter
4 cups of rolled oats
½ cup of pumpkin
1 stick of butter
½ cup of milk
2 tsp. of vanilla
In a sauce pan place pumpkin, butter, milk and sugar to a rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, allowing mixture to boil for a full 90 seconds. You can use a candy thermometer if you want and heat it in between hard crack and soft crack stage. Take the mixture off the heat and add in peanut butter, and thoroughly combine. Then add in oats. Stirring to combine. In a 9×13 pan lined with parchment spread the mixture out evenly and allow to completely cool in the fridge. Cut into 24 squares.
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