Alarms are set, backpacks are packed, outfits are picked out – the kids are going back to school. Summer has come to an end and it’s time for the little ones to hit the books.
Back to school means back to hectic mornings for many families. Whether you overslept the alarm, the dog woke you up extra early (because who needs sleep?), or someone can’t find the car keys, there’s always something keeping the morning from going smoothly – no matter how hard you try.
While you can’t control most of the morning’s mishaps, you can make sure the kiddos are well fed before they sit down at their desk. This PB&J breakfast bowl will stick to their bones (no teacher wants to see their hangry side) and get them through until lunchtime. While your kids may cringe at the word “oatmeal,” the Test Kitchen added some of their favorite flavors and toppings to make it kid-tested AND kid-approved.
In your Hamilton Beach® rice cooker, combine water, oatmeal, salt, and cinnamon. Cover the rice cooker and set it to Hot Cereal or Heat/Simmer for 25 minutes. The rice cooker is a great tool for morning meal prep. Instead of attending to oatmeal on the stovetop, you can put all the ingredients in the rice cooker and walk away.
When the oatmeal is finished cooking, transfer to the kid’s favorite breakfast bowls and top with peanut butter and grape jelly (strawberry would be yummy too). Add some fun toppings like sliced banana, grapes, raisins, or cinnamon for even more flavor.
Serve this breakfast bowl with a glass of ice-cold milk and take a breather. Because before you know it, it’s time to funnel them out the door to the car or bus.