Oatmeal is boring at breakfast, until you make it a treasure hunt!
Around the holidays, my house is stocked with homemade dried fruits and nuts. A fun way I like to feature them is with this simple and fun Hidden Treasure Oatmeal recipe.
My favorite combo is made with our homemade Sour Cherry Blasters (recipe in my new book), dark chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and chopped walnuts. My kids love digging to the bottom of the bowl to find the hidden treasure. It’s such a simple trick, but they have fun playing along every time.
Hidden Treasure Oatmeal Recipe from The 52 New Foods Challenge
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients for Hidden Treasure Oatmeal Recipe:
2 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
¼ cup Sour Cherry Blasters (see book) or dried cherries
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
¼ cup chopped walnuts
Maple syrup for drizzling
Directions for Hidden Treasure Oatmeal Recipe:
1. In a large stockpot, add the oats to 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes or until thickened.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate, dried cherries, coconut, and walnuts.
3. Set out 4 small cereal bowls. Portion ¼ cup of the chocolate mixture into the bottom of each bowl. Top with 1 cup of cooked oatmeal.
4. Garnish with a few extra chocolate chips and drizzle with maple syrup.