12 Delicious Oatmeal Recipes Kids Will Love
January is National Oatmeal Month, so it’s the perfect time for some oatmeal recipes kids will love. Oatmeal is an ideal hot breakfast any time of year, but especially on cold winter days. In fact, oats are so healthy, they’re among the nine foods one registered dietitian recommends kids eat every day.
Still not convinced? Check out all of these delicious oatmeal recipes we found, from simple to sublime.
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Recipes
Start by taking it easy with these three recipes featuring good old fashioned rolled oats. And we mean that literally: Use old fashioned oats for these recipes, not the quick-cook kind.
This kid-approved oatmeal recipe from 100 Days of Real Food has been tweaked and tested by #1 NYT best selling cookbook author Lisa Leake, so it’s got to be good. She swears by using milk instead of water, and so do her kids.
Another way to get back to kid-favorite basics is Banana PB&J Oatmeal by The Oatmeal Artist. We’re impressed; who knew oatmeal could inspire artistry? We like how the milk and peanut butter add more protein. Plus, you could cut back on the jelly since the banana adds natural sweetness.
This Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal recipe from fANNEtastic food looks really fancy, but it’s surprisingly simple. Pumpkin, banana, and blueberries add extra nutrients, flavor, and sweetness so no extra sugar required.
Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipes
How nice would it be to wake up to a hot breakfast? If you’ve got a slow cooker, we’ve got good news for you. These oatmeal recipes are meant to cook for several hours and be waiting for you in the morning. You’ll have to make your own cup of coffee though.
Be sure to use steel cut oats in your slow cooker. They have a heartier texture and take longer to cook than rolled oats, so they’re ideal for simmering overnight.
This Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal from The Fitchen looks amazing, especially with fresh, healthy toppings. If your kids are allergic to nuts or just don’t like them, try slicing a banana over their serving. That will help cool off the oatmeal too. And definitely heed Jordan’s advice to thoroughly coat the inside of your pot with oil for easier cleanup.
It’s the perfect time of year for Cranberry Orange Steel Cut Oatmeal from Amy in the Kitchen, since both of those flavors are in season. We love that there’s no added sugar in this recipe, other than in the dried cranberries. Try making your own dried cranberries, where you can control how much sugar you use. You might also top each serving with a few clementine segments if you want to get fancy.
Make this Banana Nut Oatmeal from The Lemon Bowl with or without nuts, according to your kids’ tastes and food allergies. If it’s just a matter of taste, try chopping the nuts fine and see if your kids even notice them. We also love Liz’s idea of setting up a makeshift double boiler in your slow cooker to minimize the mess.
Overnight Oats Recipes
Recipes for overnight oats have become wildly popular, and lots of kids can even whip them up on their own. They’re a great option in warmer weather too, since they’re usually served cold. But even though they’re simple to make, you might want to read these tips from Bon Appetit to make sure your overnight oats are at their very best.
These Peanut Butter Overnight Oats from Minimalist Baker are super easy. We’re all for trying this recipe with almond milk and almond butter, and subbing Stevia for maple syrup. Chia seeds absorb a lot of liquid, so a little goes a long way. We’d suggest adding more milk to this recipe to be sure it’s easily spoonable after a night in the fridge.
Another reason we love overnight oats is that they can be a grab-and-go breakfast. Try putting these Apple Cobbler Overnight Oats from Super Healthy Kids in a portable container. Then mix up the topping before heading out for the day. Definitely use the unsweetened versions of all ingredients where possible and go for real maple syrup.
We can’t guarantee that these Bananas Foster Overnight Oats by Laura Fuentes will taste like the New Orleans version, but they sound delicious. This recipe is a little more involved than other overnight oats recipes, but prep time is still only 10 minutes. Plus, it’s a smart way to use those extra-ripe bananas.
Baked Oatmeal Recipes
Baked oatmeal recipes require more prep and cook time, so they might be better suited to weekend mornings. But they’re a delicious way to have a hearty, filling breakfast that’s healthy too.
This Baked Honey Berry Oatmeal recipe from Apple of My Eye can use either quick cook or old fashioned rolled oats. Just adjust the baking time accordingly. We like how the eggs and milk add protein, and that frozen berries work well in this recipe. Fresh berries are out of our budget this time of year. Good thing oatmeal is always in season.
Pear Almond Steel Cut Baked Oatmeal almost sounds too elegant to serve to kids, but perhaps your kids have sophisticated tastes. This recipe from Recipe Runner uses quick cook steel cut oats, which sounds like an oxymoron but it isn’t. Bob’s Red Mill and Country Choice both offer this type of oats. Be sure you have cardamom on hand for this one too.
While baked oatmeal can be perfect for a leisurely breakfast, we love these grab-and-go Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Muffin Cups from Happy Healthy Mama. Maryea makes these without paper baking cups, which makes us nervous, but the results look delicious. Check out her whole lineup of baked oatmeal muffins, including pumpkin and apple cinnamon.
All recipe photos credited to the linked blogs