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Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal

I never thought the munchkin’s favorite breakfast would be oatmeal, but ever since I started making it from scratch he can’t get enough of it. He requests it nearly every morning, happily waiting while I stir milk and oats and maple together on the stovetop. When breakfast is ready he jumps up and down exclaiming: “Oatmeal! Yay!! Yummy Breakfast!”

Is it just me or are few things more satisfying than cooking something for your children that they really, really love? I tell you, it makes my day.

Making oatmeal is easy and takes only about 10 minutes. While it’s cooking I usually make my morning coffee and get the rest of the munchkin’s breakfast together: a silicone muffin cup filled with berries or a few small squares of whole wheat toast with jam. Sometimes I put an animal cookie on top or use a mini vegetable cutter to sprinkle cute banana shapes over the oatmeal.

The recipe below makes enough for one munchkin-sized serving and one mama-sized serving. I like this oatmeal just as much as he does so we usually share a batch. :)

Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium and cook at a gentle boil, stirring frequently, until the milk is absorbed and the oatmeal has a creamy texture. About 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes.Ladle into bowls and enjoy a warm, hearty breakfast!

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  • Our daughter eats oatmeal “made from scratch” just about every morning–little different preparation, but same love! I make a big batch once a week and microwave it–the reheated version isn’t as good as the fresh, but it’s close enough. She’ll eat either version, but she will NOT eat instant (we tried once on vacation). Just as there’s a certain satisfaction in making something your child loves, there’s a certain satisfaction in knowing you’re raising a food snob. :)