How to Get Kids to Eat Oatmeal

When you have a house full of guests, half the fun is serving them breakfast. I think breakfast is the way you line your day with optimism and warmth. Waking up to a homemade breakfast in someone else’s home is like being wrapped in a Snuggie and kissed on the eyelashes. It’s just darn nice.

We were up late last night with our Merrill friends. The boys talked us into a viewing of Cowboys & Aliens with a tub of buttered popcorn and retractable armrests. There was snuggling. It was dandy for about two seconds. Then, the show got started and I remembered thirteen minutes into it how crawly I start to feel when I have to dedicate two entire hours of my life to a movie. I can’t possibly be expected to sit still that long when there are, like, forty eight cooler things to do. I could have mastered the harmonica by movie’s end. Instead, I learned that aliens have hidden arms in their chest and cowboys are apparently capable of utilizing technologically advanced armbands.

I’m going somewhere with this, promise.

So the movie lasts for half a century of my life, and we get home late.  We’re all exhausted and could sleep until noon next day, but we’ve got nine children (yes, there are nine beautiful children in my house right now. Adore.) who will be up at the crack of Tron. And I want those children to wake up and know they will be fed a hearty breakfast. But I also know I won’t be up to hand-browning waffles one at a time. A minute before midnight, I toss a bunch of Coach’s Oats into the slowcooker then claw my way upstairs and into bed.

When the children wake us at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, I shuffle into the kitchen and pull together a Make-Your-Own-Oatmeal Bar, just a few small bowls filled with:

  • Frozen Rasperries
  • Dried Blueberries
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Nutella
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Peanut Butter
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Soymilk

Just a little of this and that, stuff we already had in the cupboards. We laid out a handful of plastic spoons and a bunch of mismatched bowls from the blogging area, then called the kids to the kitchen. They were delighted to build their own bowls of oatmeal, spoon into them, and lick the bowls.

I see what you’re thinking right now. Your kids HATE oatmeal right?

Guess what? Mine do too. They won’t eat it. They will NOT touch the stuff, no matter how many splendid things I mix in, mash up, and mound on top. But the combination of the custardy texture of Slowcooked Oatmeal, and a make your own bowl of the stuff worked like some sort of voodoo magic. Every one of those nine tots ate every bite from their bowls. And I was glad to let them.

Today’s recipe was inspired by one of our littlest guests. He came to the table with his oatmeal piled high with Nutella and banana and I couldn’t resist the combo. I whipped up a bowl for myself.

So maybe, having a Make-Your-Own-Oatmeal bar isn’t just a great trick for getting kids to eat oatmeal. I works on grown-ups, too.


Banana Nutella Oatmeal


1 batch Cheeky Kitchen Overnight Slow-Cooked oatmeal
Several tablespoons of Nutella
2-3 bananas, sliced
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup soymilk


Top the cooked oatmeal with a spoonful of Nutella. Mound sliced bananas on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Pour soymilk around the edges of your oatmeal. Serve immediately and enjoy!

19 Responses to “How to Get Kids to Eat Oatmeal”

  1. Katrina says:

    Love this! I don’t have any kiddies, but I can sure make this for myself!

  2. Oats in an empty nutella jar is heavenly too!!!! Bananas + Nutella is one of the best combos ever!

  3. Mel says:

    I love this combination on oatmeal! – And on toast, too. Sometimes I add in extra peanut butter as well… :o)

  4. Stasha says:

    When I used to work at an investment bank and they would have super early meetings, they would order an “Oatmeal Bar” from this little restaurant/cafe across the street. They would set it up in the conference room and we would all sneak in to get some before the meeting started! Great idea!

  5. Kinderstand is a new age preschool custom built for busy parents who wish the very best for their babies. Unlike play schools that just focus on the kid, our preschool go a step further. We take into account the time constraints of double income parents and offer flexible and fun learning modules for children in a creative and cosmopolitan setting. The chief goal being, to prepare the child to count numbers, learn the alphabets, draw shapes and rattle rhymes while playing hide and seek, and hop, skip & jump.
    Preschools in chennai

  6. There might not be any oatmeal left for the kids if I top it with Nutella and bananas – great idea!

  7. Erin says:

    I think this would get anyone to eat breakfast!

  8. patti says:

    we LOVE oatmeal and we love Nutella…I never thought of combining the two! can’t wait to try.

  9. stacy says:

    Kids, schmids. Nutella might get my husband to eat oatmeal.

  10. leslie says:

    I love COaches Oats! Oh and the fact that there is Nutella in them…well OHHHH MY!

  11. Alannah says:

    Over here is Australia, I made this up for breakfast this morning. I didn’t use my slow cooker; just let it simmer away in a saucepan. I used dried cranberries and Australian raisins. It was very sweet, so next time I will omit the brown sugar. thanks for a great recipe. smiles

  12. This is one of my all time favorites oatmeal toppings. No doubt after reading this post and looking at your gorgeous photos yesterday, my oatmeal was all dressed up in bananas and nutella this morning! I love oatmeal in so many ways. I’m impressed that the little guy who inspired your breakfast was astute enough to create such a combination, instead of just piling on all possible ingredients, which is probably I would probably have done as a kid if presented with such a great selection! I like kids who have good taste. :)

  13. […] This post was Twitted by realmomsluv2eat […]

  14. I love oatmeal…. but my kids don’t quite share my enthusiasm, so I am hoping that your ideas will encourage them to try it again. I plan to link to feature a picture and link to this post in my Sunday Links to Love post over at

  15. […] Cheeky Kitchen at, recipes and suggestions for “How to Get Kids to Eat Oatmeal,” among them a […]

  16. Pearline Heise says:

    Oats are grown in temperate regions. They have a lower summer heat requirement and greater tolerance of rain than other cereals, such as wheat, rye or barley, so are particularly important in areas with cool, wet summers, such as Northwest Europe; they are even being grown in Iceland to help prolong the growing season.,**”

    With kind regards

  17. How to Get Kids to Eat Oatmeal | Cheeky Kitchen

Leave a Reply