This morning's breakfast of Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal met with mixed reviews. Four (or maybe three) out of five of the J's thought it was definitely good enough to make again, but they still had their own thoughts on the dish. Here's a summary.
- Joely tried it enthusiastically and declared it yummy, but she was also interested in the possibity of adding chocolate chips to the mix next time.
- Jerah tried it, ate her entire serving, and said she liked it; but at the same time she stated that she's never liked the texture of oatmeal. So she liked it…but she didn't like it.
- Jaden refused to try any at all at first, stating that the only way he likes peanut butter is in peanut butter sandwiches; but I finally got him to agree to try at least a small bite. And that's what he did. He tried a bite so small that I doubt there was any flavor in it, and then he stated for the record that there was too much peanut butter in the recipe. I summarily threw out his opinion on the grounds that he didn't have a strong enough basis for his opinion, having taken only a minuscule crumb for his taste test.
- While Jaden proclaimed the dish had too much peanut butter, my husband Jeff proposed that there wasn't enough peanut butter in the recipe. But all the same, he liked it enough to have a serving, which is more than I expected him to do since he's generally not a big fan of oatmeal.
- Personally, I though the dish was both delicious and filling (and much less guilt-inducing than the chocolate muffins from earlier this week). It tasted a bit like a chewy peanut butter/oatmeal cookie.
Because I'm unsure how to add more and less peanut butter at the same time while simultaneously adding chocolate chips and reducing the oatmeal texture, I don't think it's possible to please all five J's with this dish; nevertheless, the recipe will be moving onto my master menu plan at the end of the month. It offers a nice change of pace.
I really don't think I'm going to be making breakfast in the morning. I did a terrible job planning ahead on my original menu. Kate's Breakfast Puffs, although they look yummy, require a more effort and time than I'm willing to give on a Sunday morning when we have to leave the house by 8:25 a.m.
I considered — briefly — making Lynn's Overnight Whole Wheat Cake that I missed earlier this week, but since it's already after midnight as I type this post, I think I'd be better off just having the kids eat cereal, leftover corn cakes, or Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins for breakfast.
At least they won't starve. This ends our week of Breakfast Challenges and now to move on.
Next week is The Lunch Challenge, and it will be a challenge for me since we have Music Camp at church, meaning I'll be out of the house from 8:30 to 12:30 each day, then turning around and going swimming in the afternoons before my piano lessons. Next week's menu will require extra-careful planning!
Don't forget to visit Amanda at Better is Little to read what she made for this week's Breakfast Challenge. And remember, Amanda and I will each be hosting a Mr. Linky on Monday so you can link up your post about the breakfasts you tried this week (of course, including pictures and mouth-watering recipes, too!).