Candy for Breakfast!

just-like-reese's chocolate and peanut butter oatmeal

Just before Halloween, I elbowed my way through last-minute shoppers on the candy aisle at Walmart. Pausing in front of the large mixed packages with 3 or 4 different types of sweets, I sighed aloud. None of them, not a single one, included miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!


Dejected, I went with the next best thing: a bag of Rolos, Kit Kats, and Reese’s Pieces. But those Reese’s Pieces just aren’t the same… I can’t nibble off all of the chocolate and let it melt on my tongue before biting into the peanut butter, not with that thin candy coating shell instead!  


On the long drive home, I ripped open one of the fun-sized packages and popped a candy into my mouth. As it dissolved, I realized Reese’s Pieces might not be the same—they might be better! With a greater peanut-butter-to-chocolate ratio, they disappeared before any trick-or-treaters even rang the doorbell… And I’ve been dreaming up different peanut butter and chocolate concoctions ever since!


just-like-reese's chocolate and peanut butter oatmeal


Chocolate and Peanut Butter (Just-Like-Reese’s!) Oatmeal

serves 1

For a sweeter and nuttier breakfast, use the larger amounts of sugar and peanut butter. For peanut allergies, substitute almond or cashew butter instead.

⅓ c. old-fashioned oats

⅔ c. water

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

2-3 tsp truvia or granulated sugar

1-2 tsp peanut butter

  1. Combine the oats, water, cocoa, and sugar in a medium bowl. Cook according to the oatmeal container’s directions. Stir in the peanut butter after cooking, and let the oatmeal sit and thicken for 1-2 min before eating.


just-like-reese's chocolate and peanut butter oatmeal



November 30, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Midweek Meals.


  1. Sasha replied:

    OMG!!! This is genius.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you!! Now I just have to figure out how to turn Midnight Milky Ways and 3 Musketeers into breakfasts too…

      • Sasha replied:

        Eat them whilst sipping coffee and you’re good to go! 😉

      • foods for the soul replied:

        Much too tempting! :]

  2. mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

    Love how healthy this is… But masquerading as a dessert!

  3. Ruta replied:

    No way. Candy for breakfast is like my dream. This is going on the breakfast to-try list right away!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Me too. If I could have dessert all day long, I’d be so happy! I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Jodye @ Chocolate and Chou Fleur replied:

    Oatmeal reminiscent of dessert is always a winner in my book, and who can resist the perfect combination that is chocolate and peanut butter. A favorite of mine includes a tablespoon of dutch cocoa powder and a dash of vanilla. It’s just like brownies in a bowl!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Oh my goodness. I need to try that!! Thanks for sharing; I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow!

  5. marianhd replied:

    That was pretty much exactly what I had for breakfast this morning, only I also crumbled a double chocolate chip cookie on top, too! Shameless to still call it breakfast, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I love your style!! I was planning on baking chocolate cookies tonight, so I’ll have to set one aside for my oatmeal breakfast tomorrow… Thanks for the tip!

  6. Purple Pixie replied:

    Now that’s what I call breakfast! As I read I mentally checked off the ingredients… and I have them all, of course. I may just have to make this for breakfast tomorrow, and I’m sure my daughter won’t mind one bit.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I hope you both enjoy it. Since it isn’t toast, there might be a chance your daughter tries some too!

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  8. Kylie replied:

    This does look heavenly! And I have all the ingredients:) Definitely having this sometime this week!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I hope you enjoy it! I ate it multiple days in a row, I liked it so much. Some days I added more cocoa, others more PB, and still others more sugar. It’s really all how you’re feeling!

  9. soul and blues report replied:

    I really like looking through an article that will make people think.
    Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      My pleasure, thanks for stopping by! Hopefully you got a laugh out of my crazy candy-for-breakfast meal. :]

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