I am in love with oatmeal because it is super easy to prepare, inexpensive, and versatile. My kids love it, probably for the same reasons. Every two-year-old is worried about the grocery budget. Anyway, my kids actually love it because it’s delicious and they get to pick the toppings. Kids love having a few choices in life. Blueberries or strawberries? Or BOTH! That, my friends, is completely thrilling for a two-year-old. For a really easy Valentine’s Day breakfast, try an Oatmeal Bar. I tried steel cut oats today, but usually I use old-fashioned oats because they are faster.
So for your successful Valentine’s Day Bar, all you need is a pot of oats and whatever toppings your family likes. Easy. To have it scream, “Valentine’s Day!,” you can also bust out a red tablecloth and heart-shaped bowls. Go as extreme as you like. But promise to post some pictures on Facebook.
It’s great to have some new fruits or nuts on the table for your kids to try. They are more likely to try something if it’s their choice. An oatmeal bar is a good low-pressure way for them to experiment with new healthy toppings.
I dug through my pantry and fridge to see just how many nut/seed options I actually had on hand. Holy Whole Grains! Look at this bounty. We are bound to have a LOT of Oatmeal Bars at my house. Head over if you’ve got an amazing new combo you’d like to try. Here’s to healthy hearts and oatmeal.