3 Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal



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A 3 minute chocolate peanut butter oatmeal recipe that uses old-fashioned oats. Just pop in the microwave and enjoy! Gluten-free, vegan and high protein.

Do you ever have those hectic mornings where you are rushing around, trying to leave on time, trying not to forget anything AND trying to make sure you don’t forget to eat breakfast?

Of course you do, because you’re human. This recipe is for you on those busy mornings. It’s also for those of you working in the corporate world or living the dorm room life (aka only have access to a microwave).

Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal in a bowl topped with a peanut butter drizzle and chocolate chips.

Incorporating Healthy Habits

I know for a fact that it is possible to eat healthy with limited resources. One of my top pieces of advice when it comes to healthy habits is to start small. Start with one doable change and slowly build. A great one to start with?

A healthy breakfast with a good mix of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fat. Don’t feel like it needs to be a three-course meal – something as simple as this 3 minute oatmeal is perfect and makes it easy to fit all three macronutrients into one bowl.

Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal in a bowl topped with a peanut butter drizzle and chocolate chips.

Satisfying Swaps and Add-ins

If you think oats aren’t that filling or they don’t keep you satisfied for long, I’m here to prove you wrong with this recipe! Instead of using water, we’re using almond milk as the base to make it extra creamy and satisfying, as well as, mixing in protein powder and peanut butter. These add-ins will increase the protein and the fat, two key components to help make oats a full meal that will keep you going all morning long.

The best part about this recipe is most definitely the peanut butter and chocolate flavor combo. Can we all just agree that peanut butter and chocolate is legit one of the best flavor combos on earth? Seriously though, if you like peanut butter and chocolate you will LOVE this oatmeal… the flavor reminds me of my no bake cookies, but in breakfast form.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Ingredients

  • rolled oats – I like to use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • unsweetened vanilla almond milk – any milk or even water will work.
  • chocolate protein powder
  • natural peanut butter – I prefer drippy/runny natural peanut butter but you can use any nut or seed butter you like. Some of my go-to brands of peanut butter are Crazy Richard’s, Whole Food’s 365 and Wild Friends (use EBF10 for 10% off your order).
  • chocolate chips (optional) – I love Lily’s chocolate chips for a low-sugar option, but Enjoy Life is a great option if you need dairy-free chips.

Chocolate peanut butter oatmeal in a bowl topped with a peanut butter drizzle and chocolate chips.

Tips for Microwaving Oatmeal

I’m a stovetop oats girl through and through, but I get that using the microwave is super convenient, some people don’t have time to cook stovetop oats and some people just don’t want to wash another pot in the AM. I get it – and that’s why I’m sharing this microwavable oatmeal recipe.

For microwaving oatmeal, I highly recommend splitting up the time into increments and watching it like a hawk so that your oats don’t boil over and make a huge mess. It’s happened to the best of us – I usually microwave for 1 minute, stir and then microwave in 30-second increments until I’m happy with the consistency. It usually takes about 3 minutes of cooking time, but it will depend on your microwave. The oats are done when most of the liquid is absorbed!

For this chocolate peanut butter protein oatmeal, once the oats are cooked you stir in your chocolate protein powder until it’s completely dissolved . . . then top with peanut butter and chocolate chips! Bam – you’re ready to go with a delicious, healthy, protein-packed breakfast!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

A 3 minute chocolate peanut butter oatmeal recipe that uses old-fashioned oats. Just pop in the microwave and enjoy! Gluten-free, vegan and high protein. 
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 Tablespoon natural peanut butter, for topping
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate chips, for topping (optional)


  • Microwave: Add oats and almond milk into a bowl and stir to combine. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir and continue to microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until the oatmeal is the consistency you like. I usually cook for a total of 3 minutes, but you'll know it's done when most the liquid is absorbed and oats are hot.
  • Add protein and enjoy: Carefully remove from microwave (bowl will be hot). Stir protein powder into oats until completely dissolved and top with peanut butter and chocolate chips, if using.


  • Stove top: To cook this recipe on the stovetop, you'll need 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup of almond milk. Heat over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent the oats from sticking. You'll know it's done when most of the liquid has been absorbed and the oats are creamy. Remove from heat, stir in protein powder and transfer to a bowl. Top with peanut butter and chocolate chips, if using.


Serving: 1bowl without chocolate chips | Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15g | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate peanut butter oatmeal
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About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious and a great treat on an inclement weather day! I loved being able to whip it up in 5 minutes! My hungry eaters gobbled most of it up before I could snap a picture but I’ll post the last couple bites!

    1. Woo!! So glad this recipe was a hit, Mary. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

  2. 5 stars
    This oatmeal is AWESOME! I made it exactly to recipe plus added a tsp of honey on top at the end. Can’t wait to make this over and over again with different proteins & toppings.

  3. 5 stars
    I made a half batch to eat as an after dinner snack. It was awesome! So much better than I was expecting too!

    1. Yay! So glad to hear this, Caitlin! Thanks for making it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

  4. 5 stars
    So good! I didn’t have chocolate protein powder so I used unflavored collagen protein powder and cocoa powder and it worked great.

    1. I’m so pumped this recipe was a hit, Meghan! Thanks for the review and the star rating. I really appreciate it!

    1. So pumped you enjoyed this oatmeal, Gretchen! And I couldn’t agree more- chocolate and pb is the best combo. Thanks for the review!

  5. 5 stars
    So good! This tasted just like no bake cookies to me and could def be used as breakfast, snack, or dessert. Brittany’s recipes are always spot on and don’t require any tweaking flavor wise AND they’re healthy. This is my go to site for new recipes and I have gotten my other family members on board with her as well. I think you have truly found your calling with recipe making. Thank you! Can’t wait for the new book!

    1. Aw this means so much, I am so glad that you are loving this recipe as well as others on my site, Emily! Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, it means the world to me!

    2. Hey! what measurement is half a scoop? like in grams roughly? all my proteins have different measurements for what a scoop is so this is confusing?

      1. Hi Jodie – Your protein container should tell you how many grams 1 scoop is. Check the back where the serving size is. Each protein powder is different, so unfortunately I can’t tell you exactly. Hope this helps!

  6. Could I replace almond milk with oat milk? And which vegan protein powder to use? Orgain vanilla plant based?

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