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2 quick breakfast recipes to the rescue

September 21, 2017
Amanda Bohlen , MOV Parent

At the beginning of the year, my family grew by two more feet. We added a sweet little girl to our family of four. Adding another baby came with added challenges. My two older children were four and three at the time and I had become accustomed to the fact that they didn't demand so much of my attention anymore. Now I'm back in baby mode and back to work all while continuing to run my household.

Mornings are tough in my house. A combination of late nights, middle of the night feedings, trying to keep up with the daily chores of the house and getting everyone out the door for school makes for a rushed morning. I'm exhausted! Many mornings this last month, I was getting breakfast on the way to work. Which I might add, didn't help with getting to work on time. My husband was even leaving the house without breakfast or grabbing pop-tarts and my boys were eating cereal bars. The grocery store was having a sale on a new overnight oatmeal product. As a health educator I knew all the health benefits of oats. They have antioxidants, vitamins, magnesium, iron and fiber. I knew eating oats would reduce our risks of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity. So I decided to pick up a couple for my husband, as I'm not a fan of the texture. He really enjoyed the new product. After the two that I bought were gone, he was back to leaving without breakfast. This semi-healthy product could be healthier without all the added sugars and cheaper on my budget too. I decided to make our own. I did a trial run with a basic brown sugar and cinnamon. He really enjoyed it. Then, I was on a mission to come up with different flavor combinations so he didn't get bored. He now has four different flavors that he rotates for breakfast. I even found one that I like.

My boys had no interest in trying the oatmeal, but they wanted to experiment using the oats for something they would like.

My oldest son loves to help me in the kitchen and has tried to make "recipes" before. He's five so when I say "recipe" I mean he takes anything out of the cabinet he can reach and adds it to the bowl. His last "recipe" was a mixture of vinegar, bread crumbs, skittles, oil, and peanut butter. I wanted to help him make something that we could actually eat. Before I could say anything he had the oats and peanut butter out and was starting to get the vinegar out.

I reminded him how sour the vinegar was and that we should pick something else. He grabbed the honey and I knew we could make that work. We were able to mix up our own no-bake granola bars that he LOVES and refers to as "his recipe" now.

This recipe takes no time to put together and the older children could even do it by themselves. I encourage you to make it your own with different flavor combinations that fit your family.

Our mornings of running out the door without breakfast had come to an end. If you're not a big oatmeal fan but love no bake cookies, I encourage you to try the chocolate peanut butter overnight oatmeal flavor from the recipe below. It's my favorite!

Overnight Oatmeal

Serves: 1

Flavors:

Apple Cinnamon Walnut- 1/4 c. plain applesauce, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1 Tbsp. walnuts

Blueberry Almond- 1/4 c. blueberries, 1 Tbsp. almonds

Peaches and Cream- 1/4 c. diced peaches, 1 Tbsp. plain greek yogurt

Brown Sugar Cinnamon- 2 tsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. maple syrup, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Chocolate Peanut Butter- 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder, 1 tsp. natural peanut butter

Add to:

1/2 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)

Dash of salt

1/2 cup low-fat milk

2 tsp. chia seeds (optional)

1 tsp.-1 Tbstp. sweetener (sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey or alternative)

Directions: Mix altogether, cover, refrigerate overnight

No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Serves: 16

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups rolled oats (old fashioned)

1 cup natural, peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

Directions:

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with wax paper or spray with cooking spray. In a microwave-safe bowl, add peanut butter and honey. Whisk together until mixed. Heat in 20-second increments in the microwave until warm. Whisk in between heating. Add the oats to the mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour into prepared pan and tightly pack. Refrigerate or freeze until firm. Slice into bars and enjoy!

Amanda Bohlen is the new family and consumer science educator for The Ohio State University Extension in Washington County. She received her bachelor's in family and consumer science education from Ohio University and her master's in curriculum and instruction from Ohio Valley University. For the last seven years she has been in the classroom teaching high school students' financial education, child development, nutrition and culinary skills.

 
 

 

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