We at Kids Kitchen often promote oatmeal as beneficial breakfast for kids and adults alike. Yet in all honesty, there have been times of trouble when it comes to getting kiddos interested in eating oats as part of a standard breakfast rotation (once or twice a week). I’m happy to report, The Breakfast Sundae has transformed the oatmeal experience at my house! Oatmeal breakfast is now more appealing—especially if I let my daughter make it.
I know oatmeal is great because it’s a whole grain, slow burning carbohydrate that delivers energy evenly over several hours, as well as it helps you to sustain the feeling of being full. My kiddo doesn’t quite see the value in all of that; however, here is where she and I agree. . .in the layers of the sundae-themed goodness. Extra nutritional value AND FUN come with the fruits (antioxidants), yogurt (active culture, protein), and nuts/nut butter (more protein); Now you’ve got a nutrient dense complete meal that your kids will love making and eating. A fancy sundae dish with drizzle of chocolate and a few sprinkles can finish off your sundae to make oatmeal breakfast sweet success.
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup milk, sub water for dairy free
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (add more for a sweeter oatmeal)
- Pinch of salt
- Fresh Fruit (Berries/Bananas) for topping
- ¼ Cup of Vanilla Yogurt
- Drizzle: Honey and/or Chocolate Syrup and/or Peanut Butter Sauce (PB thinned with water)
- Optional Toppings: Sliced or crushed almonds or walnuts, & sprinkles
- In a small pot, stir oats, milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple syrup or honey, and salt over medium high heat.
- When the mixture starts to bubble, turn the heat to medium low and cover. Cook for 3-5 more minutes or until oats are tender to your preference, stirring occasionally.
- Scoop oatmeal in a bowl, and top with fresh fruit, spoonful of yogurt, nuts, sauce, and/or sprinkles if desired.