Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Bananas, and Honey – Kid-Friendly Recipe

Make your kids happy in the mornings with oatmeal and yummy toppings and toast on the side. Serve oatmeal in fun ways with options they’ll love.

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Oatmeal, Bananas, and Honey

Breakfast helps to inspire happy moods for the day. Give your kids the nutrition they need with kid-friendly breakfasts like this oatmeal recipe served with toast.

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Kids Love to Help Make Breakfast

My grandchildren love helping me cook whether we’re at my house or theirs. If they’re asked what they want me to fix for breakfast, it’s usually pancakes.

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Pancake Stack and Egg Squares

But I’ve been on an oatmeal kick. And, of course, when they see me (or their parents) eating something that looks good, they want some.

The older two children in the house, a second-greader and a kindergartner, started their first day of school this week. Since they attend only online for a few weeks due to the pandemic, I’m helping out. So breakfast needs to be easy and quick.

Back-to-school schedules were interrupted already because of Hurricane Laura (we’re in the Gulf Coast area). Class was dismissed for two days. Since we didn’t have to rush to begin the morning class, I decided to make oatmeal that first day. The kindergartner little asked to help, and of course, I said, “Sure.”

Waiting for the milk and water to boil

Mixing water and milk into the pot with a dash of salt, she and I waited for the bubbles. I explained, “See the bubbles along the side? Pretty soon, you’ll see it bubble up more. That means it’s boiling. Then we’ll add the oatmeal, and you can pour it in.”

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Cooking the Oatmeal

She was so excited and loved stirring and pouring. Surprisingly, Kindergarten Little didn’t lose interest. She even set the table. Orange juice was served with the breakfast, and we left the table full and satisfied.

Does peanut butter go well with oatmeal?

After I took the box of oatmeal out of the pantry, I planned to get butter out of the fridge. At home, I’d have plenty of butter on hand. I use butter for breakfast – toast, eggs, hot cereals. But there wasn’t any butter in their fridge.
“Hmmm,” I muttered to myself, “What can I use as a substitute for butter?”
“Ah, peanut butter.” The kids LOVE peanut butter. They hardly use butter on toast ever. Instead, they do peanut butter and jelly. But I decided not to add the peanut butter to the oatmeal (which would have tasted amazing – I love that as well). I chose to add honey and some sugar they have that I think is Turbinado brown sugar.
I poured two spoonfuls (with the large stirring spoon) into the bowls. Next I toasted bread and slathered peanut butter on each slice. I drizzled honey on top of the peanut butter and swirled it around on each slice.
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Oatmeal and Toast with Honey – and Peanut Butter
The last ingredient I chose for our oatmeal breakfast was bananas.
Have you ever had bananas in your oatmeal? How about  slices of banana with peanut butter on bread? Oh, my, so good. You have to try it if you’ve never had it before.
Kindergarten little continued assisting me with setting the table. I handed each dish to her, and she placed everything on the table.
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Kid-Friendly Oatmeal Breakfast
Kinder Little’s big sis is the picky eater of the two. She usually hesitates when asked if she wants to taste something new. Combining foods can be a tricky thing when cooking for her. She’s also challenged by textures of food. But she does love oatmeal.
Oatmeal was served in the bowls. Toast was served on individual plates. Banana slices were served in smaller bowls. We could eat the foods however we chose:

Oatmeal with honey and Turbinado sugar: 

I used the “Quick 1 Minute Oats.” I prefer organic raw and unfiltered honey for oatmeal without the hint of flowers or lemon that I enjoy with other recipes. And if you’re watching carb and sugar count, cut either the honey or Turbinado sugar. 

          

Oatmeal or Toast Topped with Banana Slices 

Although the “1 Minute Oats” is what’s in this recipe, I like to cook the “Steel Cut 3-Minute” kind. Add banana slices for extra flavor and healthy deliciousness. Don’t care for fresh bananas? Try banana chips (like the Trader Joe Banana Chips shown below). My kindergarten grand-little loves bananas in oatmeal and on top of toast. Big Sis, however, wrinkles her nose up at topping her toast with banana slices but will eat them in her oatmeal. 

          

Toast with Peanut butter and Honey

What is your favorite bread for toast? For the kids, I use whatever their parents buy. But at home, I usually use the thin-sliced Dave’s Bread. Pair it with honey. Keep multiple flavors on hand in the pantry like the rainbow gift set (perfect for your kiddos who are crazy about rainbow things) shown below that is available on Amazon.

 

Set your breakfast table with cute containers of banana slices (and/or banana chips), peanut butter, and honey. Cook the oatmeal, put it in the bowls, and set them on the table. Let all the littles in your family help themselves to the oatmeal fixings. Fun, fun, fun.

Is a banana healthy to eat?

Banana paired with oatmeal or peanut butter is a good thing. Even though a banana is good to eat, it is a little high in carbs and sugar. However, it also contains fiber which can help reduce blood sugar spikes. I’ve learned more about this since my husband became a diabetic.
Continually, I’m learning what and what not to eat on the diabetic diet – for me as well. It’s easier and healthier for me to eat that way as well. In regard to eating bananas, though, I’ve read that it’s good to eat the banana with other foods – such as oatmeal or peanut butter to help slow down digestion and absorption of the sugar. See Healthline.com for more information about this.
If you are concerned about the healthy details of eating a banana or you are a diabetic, or your kids are, seek the advice of your physician and/or registered dietician or nutritionist.

The oatmeal recipe I make for my grandkids:

Oatmeal Breakfast with Honey, Bananas, and Peanut Butter

a filling oatmeal breakfast with honey, bananas, and peanut butter

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Hot cereals
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 225 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cup Water
  • 1-1/2 cup 2% Milk
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk, 30%, Unsweetened Vanilla
  • 2 cup Oatmeal, 1 Minute
  • 2 tsp Turbinado sugar
  • 2 tsp Honey

Oatmeal

Instructions

  1. Add water, milks, and salt into a pot.

  2. Turn the burner to high, and heat until the water starts boiling.

  3. Add the oatmeal.

  4. Cook for a minute (unless you use 5-min oatmeal).

  5. Add the sugar and stir.

  6. Serve oatmeal into bowls and drizzle with honey.

Recipe Notes

Add 190 calories for 2 tbsp peanut butter.

Add 105 calories for 1 medium banana.

Toast four pieces of bread (or however many pieces of toast you want). When the toast is ready, add peanut butter and smooth onto the toast. Drizzle honey on top, swirl it in with the peanut butter with a knife. Then top with slices of banana if you like – or not. It’s good with or without bananas. And oatmeal with banana slices makes a great combination as well.

Love to change up things for breakfast? Check out Kitchen Southern Hospitality’s variety of breakfast ideas:

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