Oats for Breakfast

Cleaning out the old drafts and I found this gem! While you’re reading, I’m teaching a Seasons of Joy story time based on the tale The Magic Porridge Pot– feel free to check it out on Outschool here!

Daniel cooking porridge

Oats for breakfast seems like a bit of a no-brainer– oatmeal of course. We actually have oatmeal twice a week, generally. I usually just make it the old fashioned way, on the stovetop, 2 parts water or milk to 1 part oats. Sometimes I stir an egg in for extra protein. Sometimes I stir the sweetener (honey or maple syrup or agave or raw sugar) in while I am cooking to stop the children from going wild.

One of my favorite ways to serve oatmeal is to fill several little bowls with toppings and let them choose for themselves what kind of porridge they’ll have today. We call it “Baby Bear’s Porridge.” Here are some of our favorite oatmeal toppings:
diced apples
banana coins
sunflower seeds
nuts
cinnamon
nutmeg
honey
maple syrup
nut butter
dried cranberries, raisins, or other fruit
blueberries
jam
apple butter
fresh berries
frozen berries, good for cooling it down!
yogurt

And my personal favorite from childhood, a pat of butter. Don’t ask. I guess it’s kind of like cream? Anyway, yum.

If you have other favorites I haven’t listed, I’d love to hear them!

We use plain old fashioned oats, but if you’re looking for something faster, did you know you can make your own instant oatmeal packets? You can! There are lots of recipes online, but I like this one.

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