I was not always a fan of oats, I will not lie. I've always found them to be so bland and boring. I, fortunately, didn't take too long to realise how wrong I was. Yes, they're bland but boring? Nah! Oats are like a blank canvas that you can paint the way you like. There is so much you can do with them, use them in so many ways and pair them with so many flavours. The options are many! Everyone in my family like their oats in different ways and that, I feel, is the best part about them.
Since oats are so versatile, it is also super easy to incorporate them in your diet and also in your kid's diet. Kids can be choosy and difficult to please. Bland oats may never excite them. But you can't ignore it's nutritional value, can you? All it takes is some innovative thinking to transform the bland oats into something so delicious that the kids will love 'em.
I like to go the dessert way. I've never met a kid (or an adult, for that matter) who doesn't like dessert. What makes it better is when a dessert is delicious and also healthy. Parents often have to keep desserts away from their kids because they're always loaded with butter and sugar. Not any more! Oats is such an interesting ingredient that you can easily incorporate in almost everything sweet that you make. It not only adds a lovely texture and crunch to your dessert but also makes it healthier and guilt free. Isn't it a perfect way to sneak in some healthy goodness into your kid's diet?
With my mission to transform oats into interesting desserts for kids, I've participated in the Quaker India's Kid's #BringYourTastiestBowl with two of my favourite recipes. You can participate in the contest here.
MANGO AND PEACH CRISP IN A BOWL-
This makes for the perfect dessert or breakfast- it has your favourite fruit, nuts and oats- basically everything healthy. This recipe is almost magical since it combines all healthy ingredients to make such a delicious dessert. No kid can say no to a large serving of a yum fruity filling with a crispy nut and oats crust.
- 3 mangoes
- 3 peaches
- 2tsp cinnamon powder
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 50gm cold butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Combine all filling ingredients and pour into your baking dish..
- Combine all the topping ingredients in a food processor/ using hand. Mix until the topping resembles a coarse meal.
- Top on the fruit topping and bake at 170C for 20 minutes. To give the topping a golden brown colour, turn on the upper rods.
- Serve with vanilla ice-cream.
OATS AND FRUIT TRIFLE
This is a pretty layered dessert that has fresh fruit, fruit yoghurt and everyone's favourite- oats! It is yummy, pretty and healthy- the best kind of desserts. What I also love about this recipe is that it is so easy that the kids can assemble it all by themselves. A trifle party sounds like a fun plan, doesn't it?
- 2 cups oats, lightly toasted
- 1 cup blue berry yoghurt
- 1 cup raspberry yoghurt
- 2 cups fruit of your choice
- In a large bowl, layer toasted oats, yoghurt and fruit.
- Garnish with mint leaves, cherries and blueberries.
If you have some exciting oat recipe ideas that you think the kids will love, submit them to Quaker India. At the end of the six week contest, if you are shortlisted you can participate in a face to face challenge with Vikas Khanna who will judge the final winner of the grand prize of INR 50L.