(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:
- 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!