If your kids scrunch up their noses each time the porridge bowl comes out at the breakfast table, then it might seem like a daily chore to get them excited about an oatie breakfast.Even as adults, it’s so easy to get bored of the same breakfast day-after-day, so it’s no wonder kids need a bit of variety to keep them enthusiastic about oats. We’ve collected some of our favourite kid-friendly ways to jazz up a normal bowl of porridge. From a smiley face made from raisins, to a cheeky swirl of pure dark chocolate, here’s a whole host of ideas that you can keep in your breakfast cupboard!
Fabulous Fun FruitOf course, fruit is the obvious choice for topping a bowl of porridge, especially for children, as it supplies vital nutrients and energy youngsters need to grow. Getting older kids involved in picking and preparing their favorite fruit for their porridge can be a great way to nurture their skills in the kitchen as all great (and fun!) lessons to be had. Top Tip: Mash up berries such as raspberries and blackberries and swirl into porridge for a multicoloured fruity twist on your MOMA plain oats. Try these:
- Pink Porridge with Mashed Raspberries
- Purple Porridge with Mashed Blackberries
- Green Monster Porridge with grated courgette stirred in (Intrigued? more information on Courgette Porridge here)
Serving porridge with a smileThe morning rush can be a testing time for most families, serving porridge decorated with a smiley face is surefire way to lighten the mood around the breakfast table (especially if you’ve prepared some of the ingredients the night before). Top Tip: Raisins for a smile, coconut shavings for hair and grapes for eyes - the options are endless - why not have a family competition to see who can make their porridge look most like mum or dad!
Sweet, Spice and all things NiceAs the nursery rhyme goes, ‘Sugar, Spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of’ - a little bit of extra sweetness and spice goes a long way when it comes to encouraging kids to eat their porridge. Although, this might seem like cheating a little bit, adding sweet toppings to porridge is certain to get the children wolfing down their porridge. Even reserving the sweet toppings as a once a week treat could be something to look forward to! Top Tip: A sprinkle of raw brown sugar is a healthier alternative to white sugar. Try these!
- Peanut Butter - swirled in for a nutty boost of protein
- Nutella -
- Brown Sugar
- Dark Chocolate