Healthy back to school breakfast ideas

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On Friday, Laura Buxenbaum with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association shared healthy ideas for breakfast as children go back to school.


Ease: Easy
Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 serving

1 cup fat free skim or 1% lowfat milk
2 packets instant oatmeal
1/2 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 tablespoon chopped walnuts

In a small bowl, combine milk and packets of oatmeal; Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes until steaming hot, but not boiling. Stir until creamy. Stir in mashed banana. Garnish with walnuts and serve.

Wake up to this tasty, satisfying bowl of oatmeal that is made with milk instead of water. Try using your favorite flavored oatmeal to add an extra kick.

Ease: Moderate
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yield: 12 servings

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup applesauce
1 large egg
3/4 c fat-free milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup white whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 c fresh blueberries or blackberries


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine peanut butter, butter, applesauce, egg, milk, vanilla and brown sugar in a large bowl.

3. Combine oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl, mixing until well combined. Add to peanut butter mixture and mix well. Gently stir in berries.

4. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool before cutting into bars.