You know how healthy (and affordable, and easy) oatmeal is. The problem is your kids also know how healthy oatmeal is. And they hate the texture. Really, really hate the texture, or so they tell you again and again. It can be a struggle to get kids to even look at oatmeal, much less eat it.
But you CAN work this wonder food into your family’s diet. Here are 35 ways to get your kids to eat oatmeal that don’t involve the hated bowl of hot oatmeal.
Having dessert for breakfast might just convince your kid to eat that bowl of oatmeal after all. Make a bowl like you always would, then add chocolate chips, marshmallows, M&Ms, caramel drizzle, peanut butter or whipped cream. Just don’t go too crazy with the sugary toppings.
This oatmeal cookie brittle is made with healthy oatmeal and applesauce, but it’s still a cookie. That makes it A LOT harder for any kid to refuse.
See if changing the kind of oats will change your kid’s mind. Instead of making oatmeal with rolled oats, try chewier steel cut oats. They do take longer to cook, but that’s no problem when you can easily make overnight steel cut oats in your slow cooker!
If you need to avoid gluten, just look for gluten-free oatmeal. And if you want to maximize health benefits, seek out plain rolled oats (old fashioned oats) or steel cut oats. So go ahead kids, balk at that bowl of oatmeal I’m eating. You’re eating it too in that chewy granola bar. Mom’s got tricks.