Four small children eating breakfast together makes for an interesting dynamic. I insist that everyone eats the same thing. If I let one person have something different, then everyone else wants what that other person is having in addition to what they are already eating. That doesn’t work. They would all love cereal every day, but I limit us to one box a week and with how much my husband loves cereal too, that means only one or two cereal days a week and I fill in the rest with homemade breakfasts.
Most of the kids love oatmeal – all but one. I tried so many different oatmeal recipes and then finally got smart and asked him why he didn’t like it. He said he didn’t like the soggy fruit! Easy solution – I found some fruitless oatmeal recipes. This particular kid loves cinnamon, so I went for a snicker doodle oatmeal recipe. We struck out again and I realized that maybe he didn’t like the texture of the oatmeal either.
I was determined to find an oatmeal that he liked! So we tried a baked peanut butter oatmeal with more the texture of a cake – he loved it! Most of the kids like it with cold milk poured over the top (amazing!!), my oatmeal hating kid doesn’t, but that’s okay. So, here is that awesome oatmeal recipe. I actually double the recipe in my 9×13 pan (I don’t double the sugars or the butter so it makes it healthier and still tastes amazing!) and cook a little longer – about 30 minutes. If you have kids who don’t like oatmeal, you have to try this. And if you don’t, you should still try it!