So our 2 year old would eat oatmeal all day! As would I. Our 6 year old however does not like oatmeal AT ALL. This winter has been so unbelievably cold on some days that I just really feel like feeding my kids a hot breakfast is doing right by them. But what is one to do when oatmeal is out of the question? Ddddrrruuummmrolllll please…..
BARLEY. That’s what you do. Breakfast Barley. With apples. And Cinnamon. Yum.
And guess what??? They love it! They really really love it!!! (Do you hear me channelling my inner Sally Fields here people?)
So here’s the downlow
1 cup of barley
5 diced apples
1/2 cup craisins
1 heaping tbsp of cinnamon
2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
6 cups of water
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp oat bran
pinch of salt
Pour all ingredients into your crockpot at night and set on low. That’s it!! Wake up to the beautiful smell of a hot breakfast that your kids will love you for and you will love you for. We top ours with a little extra drizzle of maple syrup, some hemp hearts, some more cinnamon, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds and a little bit of almond milk. So hearty and warm and delicious!!!
Plus it’s a great source of B vitamins, iron, selenium and it’s high in protein and fibre. It’s so rewarding to tell the kids it’s tasty and healthy for them.