Party Oatmeal

(Note: I actually call this “Princess Oatmeal” for my girlies and “Robo-Penguin Oatmeal” for my boy… pick a name that sounds ultra-fun for the child!)

 

Here’s something I’ve noticed:

Oftentimes, a super fun event coincides with something that requires a solid, wholesome breakfast.  This always bugged me when planning breakfasts.  If it’s the last day of school, I want to serve something silly and fun.  If that happens to also be field day, I need to make sure they get a filling, lasting start to their days.  If we’re on vacation, I want it to be a treat!  If we’re planning on taking a five mile hike that day, I want to fuel them up.  This dichotomy can be a challenge…

When I was in sixth grade, my parents went away on some little trip.  I stayed with a good friend’s family and, while there, was introduced to a few things I’d never had before.  Among them?  Ramen noodles (which I liked), Yoohoo (which I hated), and some funky oatmeal that had little “hidden” gummy bears in it — I’m quite certain it was called Undercover Bears or some such thing.  Anyway, I’m one of those odd people who has never enjoyed chewy candies so, in all honesty, those gummy bears in there held little appeal for me.  But I DO remember the novelty of it all!

Enter Party Oatmeal. Using less than 1/4 cup of silly, sugary cereal (the above bowl contained Boo Berry), I can concoct a filling, wholesome, stick-with-them kind of breakfast that still feels like a major treat and a departure from the norm!

 

For three kid servings, I used:

 

Ingredients-

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or honey)
  • 1/4 teaspoon extract (I used raspberry in the oatmeal above.  Vanilla works with almost anything.  Maple can be tasty with some cereals.)
  • 1/3 cup sugary cereal

 

Combine all ingredients except the cereal in saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer.  Cook until desired consistency, about 5 minutes.  Dish into bowls and sprinkle cereal over the top.  Have fun!

 

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9 comments to Party Oatmeal

  • That’s such a cute idea. I got little man to eat oatmeal by asking if he wanted magic dust on it and then letting him sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top. Whatever makes it fun!

  • I keep those sugar filled cereals for snacks, but the kids are always dying to have them for breakfast. Never thought to add it into the oatmeal. Maybe that will make my daughter like oatmeal? :)

    • You never know! I like the fact that they really end up eating so very little of the “junky stuff”, but it still feels (to them) like they’re getting away with something. I like being a tricky mama. ;)

  • I’m all for treats, and often find myself in a quandry about turning even the simplest event into an occasion for one. A nice summer day – we need to get ice cream! *sigh*

    We’ve been doing away with refined foods, so we wouldn’t have that kind of cereal in the house. However, I have an idea that what we parents consider treats can differ considerably with what kids consider treats. Fruit is a dessert in our house (though we have fancier fare on occasion), so topping oatmeal or yogurt with peaches, blueberries, and honey is a real treat!

    • Truth? We had that cereal in the house because of ME and my request for a sugary cereal throwback on my birthday. ;) My kids LOVE fruit in their yogurt or oatmeal but I admit I don’t treat it like “a treat”. I’m happy to let them have fruit whenever their hearts desire. Now… Boo Berry? Not so much.

  • Hmm I never thought to add extract to oatmeal. I am strictly a cinnamon and sugar kind of oatmeal eater. I guess I better start branching out.
    I went through the cereal row to buy something for my dad while he visits (wheat chex–which for some reason I looove) and Reese just about lost his mind over blueberry mini wheats (GRODY!), but I bought some. We’ll be having that grossness tomorrow. I didn’t check the label but I’m sure it’s just as sugary as Cocoa Puffs which I’d get a lot more satisfaction from, but Reese thinks he’s getting a treat and it has a decent amount of fiber.

    • Oatmeal is such an easy, fun thing to play around with, in my opinion. I add vanilla extract to so much stuff, it was probably just natural for me to decide to dump it in oatmeal. It also makes its way into my pancake batter, my waffles, … ;)

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