Lately, I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting my kids to eat a healthy breakfast. They are tired of our usual breakfast staples, and it’s too hot to want a steaming bowl of oatmeal during these summer months.
So I came up with an easy breakfast idea that is a little out of the box and super fun for my kids to eat: Yogurt Cereal Bark.
This recipe is so simple to make that you really can’t even call it a recipe. But what’s fun is that because it is so easy, your kids can make it for themselves…something I find makes them more likely to actually eat whatever it is 😉
With the good protein from the yogurt and the vitamin-fortified cereal, your kids are going to get some good nutrition to help them have the energy to enjoy their busy summer.
Why yogurt is good for your kids
If you have picky eaters, you probably have to most trouble getting them to eat the healthy foods. They’ll eat chips and chicken nuggets all day long, but when it comes to the other food groups, you won’t see them volunteer to eat any of them.
Take yogurt, for example. My kids won’t eat yogurt straight from a container, but if I add granola or cereal or berries, then they eat it right up.
The trick is to get them to eat the healthy stuff…and if I have to add a little something to make it more palatable so that they eat it, I think that’s a win.
Because yogurt is a very healthy food for kids. It’s packed with all kinds of nutrition, such as:
- Calcium, B vitamins and other minerals,
- A good amount of protein, which is great for keeping tummies full,
- Probiotics, which can help with digestion, and boost your immune system.
Unfortunately, not all kids can eat the dairy-based yogurts that are commonly found in the supermarkets. Luckily, however, there are many plant-based yogurt varieties that you can purchase.
According to the nutritionists at EatRight.org, soy-based yogurts are the closest nutritionally to traditional yogurts. If you don’t like soy products, you can find almond and coconut milk yogurts, but they are lower in protein than the others.
Whichever yogurt you choose for your kids, just know that they are getting a pretty nutritious treat.
How to make yogurt bark
All you need to make this yogurt cereal bark is yogurt and cereal, in whatever flavors you like.
I used vanilla yogurt and Froot Loops here, but you can use whatever flavor yogurt or variety of cereal your kids like. (Strawberry yogurt is really good too!)
You’ll want to pour the yogurt into a sheet pan, which is lined with wax or parchment paper.
Spread the yogurt into an even layer so that it covers the pan.
Next, just sprinkle the cereal pieces evenly over the yogurt. Pop the sheet pan into the freezer for about 2 hours, or until the yogurt is completely frozen.
Break the bark into pieces and let your kids enjoy while watching their morning cartoons.
Yogurt Cereal Bark
- 2 cup Vanilla Yogurt You can use whatever flavor you want – strawberry or try Greek yogurt too!
- 1 cup Fruit Loops cereal
Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Pour 2 cups of yogurt on the parchment paper. Use a knife to smooth it out.
Sprinkle the Fruit Loops on top of the yogurt evenly.
Freeze for 2 hours or more.