Oatmeal is always a great breakfast choice – whether you eat it by itself or add different ingredients such as fruit, raisins or yogurt – it’s a great way to start your day! On these cold winter mornings, many of our Clubs have started serving hot cereal, oatmeal in particular. Oatmeal is a food that many children tend to not eat or are hesitant to try. Making foods like these more attractive and appealing, will likely get you a more positive response from the children you serve. Try this recipe, Oatmeal Breakfast Banana Split, for the students who attend your Club each morning. If the students at your Club are a little older they can make their own, just set up an assembly line of various delicious ingredients they can add themselves. They will love it!
Ingredients (adjust amounts as needed for large group)
- 1 cup prepared oatmeal
- 4 strawberries
- ⅛ cup greek yogurt
- honey (optional)
- 1 cherry
- any other popular toppings (ie. raisins, bran, granola, etc)
Make your oatmeal thick and flavor as desired (ie. add cinnamon). Slice banana lengthwise in half. Scoop the oatmeal using a cookie scoop onto the banana. Chop strawberries and add to your banana split. Scoop on the Greek yogurt and then add your desired toppings. You can put all these ingredients in buffet style for your students and they can add the toppings they prefer. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from: http://www.courtneyssweets.com/oatmeal-breakfast-banana-split/
Janel Genge is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador