I'm fortunate to have toddlers to feed, who have never gotten a taste for expensive, extruded boxed cereals. Instead, we rotate between toast and peanut butter, eggs, our own version of green smoothies, and jazzed-up oatmeal.
This is our favorite variation: oatmeal with berries.
Our old-fashioned oats (soaked the night before if I remember) are both more nutritious and less expensive than instant oatmeal. We add some frozen berries (not terribly frugal, but a little goes a long way) to the cooking pot, with a little bit of salt, and let it all boil together. Then, when it reaches the desired consistency, we top it with a generous pat of butter. The sweetness of the berries makes additional sweetening unnecessary (although I sometimes add honey to my own if it's been a particularly crazy morning....)
Yum! Real Oatmeal with berries and butter beats expensive "berries and cream" concoctions from an envelope every time!
Posted at Pennywise Platter Thursday at The Nourishing Gourmet