Oat puppy

Porridge is perfect for winter mornings. It’s lovely to have something warm and nourishing, and adding a bit of fruit gives flavour and extra nutrients.

For this recipe I have used cacao powder, which gives a chocolaty flavour without the sugar.

The boys loved this dish – they ate it for dessert one night and then made another for breakfast the next morning!




  • oats (I use wholegrain)
  • banana
  • cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • blueberries or raisins (I used frozen blueberries)
  • raisin (or date)
  • strawberry (or piece of red apple)


Step 1 Put some porridge or soaked oats in a bowl.

Step 2 Add banana ears.

Step 3 And two big, blueberry eyes.

Step 4 Sprinkle cacao (or cocoa) to make a patch.

Step 5 Use another blueberry sliced into a triangle for the nose.

Step 6 Then slice a large raisin to form the mouth.

Step 7 Add a strawberry mouth.


Judith Yeabsley is a mum of two boys who is
passionate about healthy food for kids. Her blog
The Art of Nutrition is a popular place to find inspiration for fun, healthy, creative food for kids big and small. Judith describes her mission as “how to present healthy food creatively so it is delicious looking and impulse-creating, so kids can’t wait to tackle the plate”. The focus is fruit, vegetables and whole grains. The plates are designed to be made by the average time-poor parent, in the average kitchen, using readily available ingredients and working on a budget.

First published: Jun 2015
Last updated: April 3 2017
Last science review: October 10 2016

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