This one is a beauty. My son really struggles to eat breakfast. Unless it’s poached eggs on toast, which I can’t roll out every day. So we tried this and SUCCESS .. kind of like a mushy cookie that any kid would be swayed by. Don’t be tempted to add liquid, follow the instructions for the perfect consistency.
The best bit about this Brekkie is not just the taste, but that its nutritionally great for them and has enough energy to get them through the school morning. Here’s a run down on the nutrient value which might surprise you (especially the peanut butter.. )
* The oats are packed full of fibre – almost double the amount you will find in one slice of wholemeal toast; omega 3 fatty acids: Vitamin B1 (thiamin) which is great for energy metabolism and a healthy nervous system; and manganese and biotin (blood sugar control). This means a slow healthy energy release so our kids energy levels and attention span won’t lag before morning tea time.
* Bananas are a great source of energy but have a low GI (Diabetics should avoid over ripe bananas as their GI is higher), they provide a healthy dose of Vitamin C, muscle friendly Potassium, Vitamin B6 (immune boosting and brain functioning) and smaller amounts of other B group vitamins such as folate. They are also a great source of fibre and antioxidants.
* Peanut Butter might have a lot of calories but the fat is the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Kids need a certain amount of mono or poly unsaturated fats each day for healthy functioning of their nerves, brain and skin cells. Peanut butter also has the benefit of fiber (2 g per serving) and protein (8 g per serving) that fills you up and keeps you full for longer. And then there are the nutrients: the antioxidant Vitamin E, bone building magnesium, muscle friendly potassium, and immunity boosting Vitamin B6. Tip – natural peanut butter brands often have half the sugar per serve than commercial brands and reduced fat peanut butter has a lot more sugar.
I think this is also a fantastic afternoon snack for teenage kids before their after school sports. Throw on a sprinkle of blueberries or kiwi fruit for extra vitamin C and you’re onto a winner.