How to get a nine-year-old, always super hungry, growing boy who hates oatmeal to eat his oatmeal?
Why with chocolate, of course!
The thought came to me serendipitously while making No-bake Cookies. I had already been thinking about and experimenting with using more blackstrap molasses as a natural iron supplement in my baking. So oatmeal was already on my mind as I had made it using this potent old-fashioned goodie. But as I was baking cookies I thought, “If you added cocoa powder and peanut butter to your morning oatmeal, wouldn’t that taste similar to no-bake cookies?” Hmmm…
And, woila, it does! Even better, he loves it and asked for seconds (this coming from a boy who would rather starve then touch oatmeal).
But the best part is this ~
By making it with cocoa powder, blackstrap molasses, and peanut butter, I actually fortified it with all kinds of goodies!
Now most everyone knows the good-for-you properties of peanut butter but have you ever looked at the label of cocoa powder? ONE TABLESPOON yields 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein and no sugar! Now combine that with the 15–20% of your daily iron, calcium and vitamin A, magnesium, copper, and potassium from ONE TABLESPOON of blackstrap molasses and you’ve got yourself a heaping bowl of nutritional brain food for the school day! And the peanut butter with a touch of cream (or whole milk) adds just enough fat to satisfy until lunchtime.
Here is my recipe which fed me and five children with a bit to spare.
- 2 1/2 cups oats
- twice the amount of water
Cook to desired consistency. Then add ~
- 2 T cocoa powder
- 2 T blackstrap molasses
- 2 T peanut butter
- a touch of cream or milk
- sugar to taste