I tried for a long time to get my toddler to eat oatmeal – a healthy, nutritious, easy morning meal. She loved oatmeal cookies, but wanted nothing to do with cooked oatmeal or its unique, sticky texture. My daughter finally decided to give oatmeal a try at age three. She gave it a shot one day when I likened it to oatmeal cookies. I tend to eat my oatmeal on the hard side whereas my husband prefers a milkier oatmeal. Natalie seems to like hers somewhere in the middle. She now asks for oatmeal most mornings for breakfast and enjoys making it herself (mostly).
The nice thing about an oatmeal recipe is it’s very easy to tweak it to your liking. You can add more or less of something to reach the desired result. We’ve experimented with oatmeal and Craisins, oatmeal and apples, and oatmeal with chocolate chips. That’s where we’ve landed – I’m sure anyone could have guessed chocolate chips could lure a hesitant toddler to eat some oatmeal. (Now before you shoot me down over sweetening up an otherwise nutritious breakfast, remember that oatmeal itself has a lot of soluble fiber and it’s a heart-healthy meal option for all ages. The devil is in the details. I am just happy to get her eating oatmeal at all!)
Here’s the oatmeal recipe for her favorite kind, which we will call Natalie’s Chocolate Oatmeal. This oatmeal recipe is so simple even your two- or three-year-old can make it, with just a little help getting the oatmeal into and out of the microwave.
Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe Ingredients:
½ cup of fashioned oatmeal
Brown sugar, to taste
1 tsp cinnamon
Chocolate chips, to taste
Whole milk or almond milk, to taste
Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe Steps:
- Combine oatmeal, sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate chips.
- Go back to step 1, you forgot to eat a chocolate chip first.
- Pour in the milk and mix well to combine.
- Microwave for 1 minute and 25 seconds.
- Mix again.
- Microwave again for another 30 seconds or so.
- Mix until all of the chocolate chips melt. The chocolate oatmeal should actually look brown.
- Top with a few extra chocolate chips for good measure.
- Allow to cool and enjoy!
Natalie says her grandfather makes the best oatmeal. I have yet to taste this magical oatmeal myself, and I don’t quite know the oatmeal recipe that Grandpop uses, but I can say that Natalie’s Chocolate Oatmeal is delicious – we often make extra and share. It’s filling and satisfying, and those few chocolate chips can also help to curb chocolate cravings!
We enjoyed making Natalie’s first YouTube video of her Chocolate Oatmeal recipe. Check it out and let us know what you think! (Go easy on us, please. 🙂 )
How do you like your oatmeal? Share your preferences in our comments below.