30+ Healthy Oatmeal Toppings For Kids

No more beige mush. Start making stellar oatmeal for your kids! Our cooking tips, tricks, and add-in ideas keep this tasty whole grain breakfast appealing (and dare we say) exciting!

Hey, oatmeal lovers! Welcome to our ultimate oatmeal-for-kids post. Read on to learn a few new things about this healthy whole grain, including TWO great ways to prepare hot oats, and one HUGE list of toppings and mix-ins that make this breakfast classic colorful, healthy, and fun.

First, let’s talk about this question. Because it comes up a lot:

Is it OK to Eat Oatmeal Every Day?

The answer is yes. And also no. (Ugh, I know right?) Let me explain.

Oatmeal has a lot going for it. It’s easy-to-make, budget-friendly, filling, and 100% whole grain. In the world of foods that CAN be eaten every single day, oatmeal isn’t a bad choice. But especially for kids, variety is still important.

If your kids love oatmeal, it’s OK to serve it often. But do your best to intersperse oatmeal with other easy breakfast foods like eggs, whole grain waffles, or nut butter toast with fruit. That way your kids can practice their food acceptance skills on a regular basis.

colorful glass dish of baked berry oatmeal on a blue and white country table

What’s The Best Kind of Oatmeal for Kids?

If you mainly use your oats for weekday morning breakfasts, we recommend either old-fashioned (rolled) oats or quick-cooking steel cut oats. There are actually four main types of oatmeal, and though they’re all 100% whole grain, the varieties are not interchangeable. Here’s a little more in-depth info on the types and what they’re good for. (Non-oatmeal geeks may skip this.)

  • Old-Fashioned Oats. Also known as “rolled oats” these are whole, intact grains that have been steamed, rolled flat, and dried. These oats cook quickly on the stove top and have a very soft, easy-to-chew texture. They’re also good for baking, or even as a substitute for bread crumbs in meatloaf.
  • Quick Oats. These are rolled oats that have been chopped into fine pieces. Quick oats cook lightning fast, but they can have a mushy texture, and because they’re chopped so small, they get digested quickly, which can create a sugar spike. Quick oats often appear in “instant oatmeal” and can be used in baking.
  • Steel Cut Oats. These oats start whole and raw, and get chopped up once or twice by a big steel blade during processing. Steel cut oats take longer to cook than old-fashioned oats, (about 30 minutes) but they have a great chewy texture…

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