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What's in a name? Oatmeal Cookie Bowls

Sometimes all it takes is the right angle...

My kids don't like oatmeal, yet they'll happily snarf down a dozen oatmeal cookies. To my boys this seems totally logical, but to me, not so much. In fact, I found it frustrating, until I realized I could exploit the oatmeal cookie angle to boost oatmeal consumption in my house.


The biggest hurdle was that initial groan I'd invite when I announced we were having oatmeal for breakfast. So, to combat the problem, one morning in a sheer stroke of genius, I told them we were having oatmeal cookie bowls for breakfast. Voila! They went nuts. The usual heavy sighs and “ewws” were replaced with genuine excitement. Insert maniacal laugh here.

I wish I could say I had some brilliant recipe that actually made a real difference to the flavor or consistency of the oatmeal, but the truth is, I sweetened it with brown sugar like always and just let them pick some cut up fruits, raisins and nuts to throw into their individual oatmeal cookie bowls.


If you'd like to give the oatmeal cookie bowl maneuver a try, the name of the game is presentation. Simply make the oatmeal as instructed and sweeten it with your preference of sweeteners. Then, set out a little toppings bar of options to add pizzazz to the dish.


Some of my kids' favorite oatmeal cookie bowl additions are:


  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Sliced almonds
  • Bananas
  • Chopped apples (softened slightly in the microwave)
  • Cinnamon


When they've whipped up their oatmeal cookie bowl concoction, it's time to dine. Easy peasy. Why it works, I don't know. What I do know is that my boys actually ask for oatmeal for breakfast now. They just don't know it.