Bring a smile to your child’s face with this charming twist on a breakfast standard. Simply make instant oats with familiar flavors — cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar — and top the bowl with a friendly bunny face. Fresh fruit serves to create the eyes, ears and nose, while a drizzle of chocolate designs a delicious set of whiskers. When you serve a breakfast of bunny oatmeal with an 8-ounce glass of milk, you give your kids the milk they love, with protein they need, to give them a good start on the day.
- 1/3 cup – instant oats
- 3/4 cup – fat-free milk
- 1/4 teaspoon – cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon – vanilla
- 1 teaspoon – brown sugar
- 2/3 of a small banana
- 2 fresh blueberries
- 1/2 of a small strawberry
- chocolate syrup (optional)
- Pair each serving with:
- 8-ounce glass of milk
- Alternate options:
- Experiment with other spices, such as nutmeg
- Consider dried or frozen berries if you don’t have fresh
- Use other fruit you have on hand for the eyes and nose
In a microwave safe bowl, stir together oats, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar. Microwave on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute and stir.
Cut banana in half crosswise. Cut 1 1/8-inch thick coin slices from the flat end of each banana half. Place those banana slices in the upper third of your oatmeal bowl, side by side, to make the eyes. Top with one blueberry on each banana slice.
Place the remaining banana halves at the top of the bowl, hanging out, to create the ears.
Place strawberry in the middle of the bowl to make the nose, and then drizzle chocolate if desired to make a mouth and whiskers.
Serve with an 8-ounce glass of milk.
Recipe and photo by Tiffany Edwards of Creme de la Crumb
320 calories; 2 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 18 g protein; 59 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 190 mg sodium; 550 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using fat-free milk, and include an 8-ounce glass of milk.