brown sugar & banana oatmeal

most mornings are pretty rushed for us.  i'm like 90% to blame for this.  i'm not a morning person yet i force myself to get up and workout.  my alarm goes off at 4:30 am (yikes, right?), but i don't roll out of bed until about 4:50 am.  i don't get back from the gym until a little after 6:00 and then its a mad dash to get out the door by 7:30.  i hate the rushed feeling but i refuse to set my alarm any earlier - i just need to get up when it goes off.  that's easier said than done!

the other 10% of the blame goes to the kiddos.  kelby is not a morning person either.  around 6:30 i get them out of bed and put them on the couches to watch cartoons and slowly wake up.  kevyn usually opens her eyes to watch the cartoons, but kelby just covers her face with a blanket.  it usually takes me tickling and talking to her to get her up - another time waster.  then it comes the time to decide what to eat for breakfast.  some mornings are super easy because all the girls want are granola bars (i don't mind the light breakfast because i know they get their morning snack at school at 9 am).  but some mornings there is absolutely nothing in the house they want to eat.  until recently that is....

introducing my new favorite breakfast item - brown sugar & banana oatmeal.

this oatmeal is so easy and so yummy.  the girls love it!  it is a welcome change for them from the normal bland oatmeal that i normally eat.  here's the recipe:

2 cups fat-free milk
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 large ripe banana, sliced
2 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Bring milk to a boil, stir in oats and cook over medium heat for a minute or two (or until thickened).  Then stir in banana, brown sugar, honey and cinnamon.  Enjoy!

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