Fun Designer Oats

I LOVE oats.

Not only are they tasty, filling, economical and easy to find but they have excellent health benefits. I could wax lyrical about how good they are for you but suffice it to say they are; high in fibre & proteins, essential fats and rich in minerals. They are a great low GI, slow release energy source and superb for bowel health and reducing cholesterol (I could go on ….).

Oats are also made for art. They are a great creative medium so a fitting place to start for my first blog showcasing healthy food presented in a way that is fun and creative.

Healthy breakfast ideas for kids

I have used cookie cutters as molds as it’s just so simple. Most people have a few kicking in the drawer so use what you have or pick them up cheaply from most of the discount stores or any cookware outlet. Check out my fun food breakfasts …

Recipe
– Oats (I use wholegrain – if not wholegrain then rolled are better than “Quick Cook”)

– Milk – your favourite type

– Additions – I use a lot of nuts/seeds and dried fruit as these all go in my muesli but anything you have in the cupboard is fine (preferably not sugary things though )

– Cookie cutter (mold)
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I am very bad with measurements as I cook using the slurp of this, dash of that, ooops too much of that last one method of cooking. However, I will reform for the blog (hopefully).
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Method

1. I used a cup of oats and added some oat bran (any chance for extra fibre) then added milk to cover the oats (measurements will be determined by type of oats – I used about ½ cup). I then let them sit for 2 hours or so until they were nice and soft. You want them soft but not wet. I would suggest making them the night before you are ready to design so they are nicely soaked and sticky.
If you, like me are a NOW sort of a person then you can microwave for instant soft results (approx.. 1 min on high).
Note – This quantity will fill 3 standard cookie cutters. Each one contains approx. 1/3 cup of packed oat/milk mixture which is a standard serving size for children aged 5. You can add/remove to suit age and appetite.

2. Choose a plate/bowl that can have liquid added and place a cookie cutter on and stuff full of the oat mixture. Make sure you pack all the corners (molds with lots of thin bits do not work well as they are hard to fill). I use my favourite kitchen utensil to do this – my fingers …..You may also have to wipe around the bottom with a cloth once filled as a little liquid can leak out.

Croc - in mold

3. Remove the mold and decorate the design.

Healthy, fun breakfasts for children

4. Pour milk around in front of your audience for a great spectacle. For this reason I favour fish, turtles, crocs etc. as they are water dwelling animals so can be returned to their “environment” with the addition of milk.

Healthy breakfast foods for kids

5. For pre-prep or different effect freeze the oats once you have removed from the mold and then add hot milk at the table for serving.

Fun, creative breakfast food for children

6. For the croc I used pepitas (pumpkin seeds) along his back and sultanas for eyes. I then sprinkled almonds, dried apricot pieces, coconut, sunflower seeds, pepitas and sultanas around to make the “swamp”. They also give the oat breakfast texture, flavour and add additional nutrients. Any nuts, seeds or dried fruit would work.

7. This would also make an excellent supper!!

 

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About Judith

I love to present good, hearty, healthy food beautifully.

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3 Responses to Fun Designer Oats

  1. Kylie Ross says:

    Hi Judith, Great site and love the food ideas. I’ve started having issues getting my 3yo to eat breakfast and I’m going to try out your oats suggestions in different shapes. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  2. Diana Simich says:

    Love the step by step process and what each stage looks like….really cool!

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