Monday, October 18, 2010

Boring Oatmeal? I think not!

Boy and Girl were aghast during our last shopping trip to discover that I had loaded 3 containers of  Quaker Oats in the cart. Not the kid friendly stuff filled with sugar, artificial flavors and colors. Just plain oats.
"Oatmeal is  b-o-r-i-n-g " they complained.
HAH! They never had MY oatmeal!

Now they have...and they LOVE it!
First, get your bowls out. Put a tablespoon of brown sugar in the bottom of each bowl. I also add a quarter to half of teaspoon of cinnamon OR a teaspoon of real maple syrup.
Cook one slice of bacon for each bowl of oatmeal. Drain off bacon grease (I put it on the dogs kibble in the mornings)
Cook oatmeal.
Spoon 1 cup oatmeal in each bowl (or more--depends on individual appestite)
Stir each bowl until brown sugar is mixed through.
Garnish with slice of cooked bacon (some kids want the bacon whole, other like it crumbled on oatmeal)
Watch it disappear!
Other add ons instead of bacon:
Brown sugar + raisins + walnuts sprinkled on top
Brown sugar + dried cranberries + peacans sprinkled on top
Brown sugar + dried  (or canned) pineapple + toasted coconut sprinkled on top
Maple syrup + dried (or fresh) diced apples
Tablespoon of pineapple preserves + coconut + macadamia nuts sprinkled on top (Hawaiian oatmeal!)
Tablespoon of strawberry preserves + salted peanuts on top

You get the idea!
Oatmeal or cream of wheat or any hot breakfast cereal/grain, does not have to be "boring".
A couple of add ins or add ons can make it a treat for even the pickiest palate.
Eat your oatmeal! It's good for you!


  1. Mmmmm now I want some of your oatmeal! Sounds wonderful!

  2. I like to add a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseed when I cook the oats for the additional nutrition and taste. My favorite is cranberries, walnuts, cinnamon, and cream. Tastes like oatmeal cookies.



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