Start your day with some Oatmeal Crème Brulee

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! But if you're trying to get kids out the door for school, finding the time to make a healthy breakfast can be tough. Bridget Sheehan is the health & wellness program manager for the Midwest Dairy Council, and she shared a few breakfast ideas that are kid-approved. 

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Oatmeal Crème Brulee 
Servings: 8
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 47 mins
Total time: 57 mins
Created by: Rochester Alternative Learning Center

2¼ cups old-fashioned oats
⅓ cup Splenda
¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
3-1/3 cups fat-free or 1% milk
2 eggs or equivalent amount of egg substitute
2 teaspoons vanilla extract cinnamon (optional)
1 heaping tablespoon brown sugar (more or less to taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8×11-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine milk, eggs and vanilla in large bowl. Add oats, Splenda and salt; mix well. (Add cinnamon to taste, if desired).

Pour into baking dish, spread oats as needed. Bake 40-45 minutes or until center jiggles, but is not runny. Edges should be lightly browned and may pull away from dish slightly. Remove from oven.

Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the top. Return to oven and bake until sugar is melted. Turn oven to broil and heat until sugar bubbles and browns slightly (about 1-2 minutes). Allow to cool, cut into 8 servings.

Use more brown sugar on top if you want a sweeter dish or a more solid "crust" like that on traditional creme brulee. For a more filling breakfast, serve with cut up fruit, berries, fat-free yogurt or fat-free whipped topping.

Rainbow Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
Servings: 6
Prep time: 15 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Created by: Midwest Dairy Association

6 (8-inch or longer) straws
6 ounces Monterey cheese, cut into 18 cubes
½ cup strawberry halves
½ cup cantaloupe, cut into ¾-inch cubes
½ cup pineapple, cut into ¾-inch cubes
1 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into 6 pieces
¼ cup blueberries
6 purple grapes

To make a rainbow for each "kabob", thread onto a straw a piece of cheese, a strawberry halve, a cantaloupe cube, a pineapple cube, another piece of cheese, a piece of kiwi, 2 blueberries, a grape and another piece of cheese. Repeat pattern with remaining straws.

Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Yogurt Parfait
Servings: 1
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Created by: Janet Staicoff, St. Louis, MO

1 cup nonfat light vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
4 pretzel twists, crumbled (about 1 tablespoon)
1 small banana, sliced

In a small bowl, mix yogurt and peanut butter together. In a separate bowl, toss walnuts and pretzels together. In a tall glass, begin to build parfait. Layer ½ cup yogurt, half of banana slices and 1 tablespoon of walnut/pretzel mixture. Repeat layers. Serve immediately.
 

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