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. :)
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 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.
- Remove from the heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes.Ladle into bowls and enjoy a warm, hearty breakfast!