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Looking for delicious and healthy breakfast ideas for your kids? Here are some easy oatmeal recipes that are not only tasty but are also packed with nutrition.

From fruity and sweet to savory and hearty, these are sure to become favorites with your little ones (and you!)

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Health Benefits of Oatmeal

There are so many reasons to incorporate oatmeal into your child’s diet! It is:

  • Incredibly nutritious! Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, protein, and various vitamins and minerals, including iron and zinc, which are important for baby and toddlers’ growth and development.
  • Energy-boosting – Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that can provide sustained energy throughout the day. This can be especially awesome for active toddlers who need lots of energy to play and explore.
  • Great for digestion – Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which can help promote digestion and prevent constipation.
  • Super versatile – customize your oatmeal to suit your child’s taste preferences by adding different fruits, nuts, and all kinds of toppings. This can also make it more appealing to picky eaters.
  • Convenient- oatmeal is quick and easy to prepare, making it a great breakfast option for busy mornings.

Best Type of Oats for Babies and Kids

an infographic showing the differences between steel cut, rolled, and quick oats.

With so many different types of oats available in the market, it can be difficult to choose the right type of oat that suits your needs and preferences.

Therefore, here’s a handy breakdown to help you make the best decision. Note that these are all great options. One isn’t necessarily better than the others, so I encourage you to rotate through them for variety.

Baby Oatmeal

This is a popular option for introducing oats to babies, as it is specifically formulated for infants and be found in most baby food aisles. Baby oatmeal is finely ground and and fortified with iron.

To prepare, mix baby oatmeal with liquid, such as breast milk, formula, or water, to create a smooth consistency. This is an especially great option if you are starting with purees only.

Quick or Instant Oats

Instant or quick oats are the most processed variety. These are rolled oats that have been pre-cooked and then chopped into tiny pieces. As a result, they have the quickest cooking time and the softest texture.

Avoid instant oatmeal that contains added sugars, salt, and artificial flavors. Always opt for plain, unflavored oats and flavor it yourself.

Rolled oats

Also commonly referred to as old-fashioned oats, this type is made by steaming the oat groats then flattening them with rollers to create flakes. It’s quicker to cook, softer, and milder in flavor compared to the steel-cut oats.

Thus, it’s the most versatile type and are great for baking.

Steel cut oats

Also known as Scottish or Irish oats, steel cut oats are the least processed type of oats. They are made by chopping whole oat groats into smaller pieces using a steel blade.

And because of this, steel-cut oats take the longest time to cook and have a chewy texture and nutty flavor. 

Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

Here are some EASY ways to make oatmeal for your child’s breakfast that you can prepare the morning of or ahead of time to enjoy throughout the week!

And because I am guilty of this, I want to remind you as well as myself to not reserve everything for your child, but instead sit down and enjoy this hearty breakfast with them.

If you are looking for more breakfast ideas, check out:

Stovetop or Microwave Oatmeal

Whether you’re in a hurry or have some time to spare, you can create a tasty and nutritious bowl of oatmeal in just a few minutes! Simply switch up the add-ins and toppings to invite fun and variety throughout the week.

While you can leave out the eggs, I highly recommend trying it at least once! It’s a great way to boost nutrition and create a creamier texture.

four oatmeals shaped into balls and plated on a white plate
5 from 28 votes

Homemade Baby Oatmeal

Learn how to cook the perfect oatmeal for baby. It's easy, fast, and customizable! Serve as is or as a finger food, baby led weaning style.
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peanut butter banana oatmeal in a white mug with a toddler hand scooping with a spoon
5 from 33 votes

2 minute egg oatmeal

These microwave egg oatmeals for babies, toddlers, kids, (and adults!) are SUPER easy to make and come together in 2 minutes! Enjoy as a filling protein and fiber-rich breakfast or snack.
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A bowl of oat pudding with strawberries, blueberries, and peanut butter.
5 from 1 vote

Easy Oat Pudding

Simple and creamy, this oat pudding is a comforting bowl of goodness that can be customized with your favorite toppings. It's easy to make and the perfect healthy breakfast to share with kids.
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A close up shot of cooked pumpkin oatmeal with milk and pecans.
5 from 7 votes

Pumpkin Oatmeal

This cozy fall breakfast pumpkin oatmeal is a breeze to whip up and makes for a seriously delicious and hearty way to kickstart your day.
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Healthy Steel Cut Oatmeal for Toddlers

Here are 4 ways to cook steel cut oats to suit your needs! I’ve provided tips and tricks for preparing the perfect creamy and comforting bowl.

A bowl of steel cut oats with raspberries, mangoes, and peanut butter.
5 from 2 votes

How to Cook Steel Cut Oats (4 Ways)

Here are 4 ways to cook steel cut oats to suit your needs! Learn the top tips for making the creamiest oatmeal and most delicious breakfast along with all the topping suggestions.
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Overnight Oats Recipes

You can “cook” your oatmeal overnight while you sleep! It’s true. And there are endless ways to customize.

No heating required, all you have to do is take out of the refrigerator and eat. But you can also warm it up, if you prefer!

Six variations of overnight quinoa in mason jars.
5 from 12 votes

Overnight Quinoa Oats

Here’s everything you need to know to make healthy and delicious overnight quinoa oats. It’s the perfect make-ahead breakfast.
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overnight oats with sliced banana, ground walnuts in a bowl.
5 from 38 votes

Banana Overnight Oats

These banana overnight oats are a perfect make ahead breakfast or snack option for babies, kids, and adults alike!
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An overhead shot of oats with berries and peanut butter.
5 from 6 votes

Creamy Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Here's how to make the perfect bowl of creamy overnight steel-cut oats. It's a healthy make-ahead breakfast that you can enjoy all week long with all kinds of toppings!
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Healthy Baked Oatmeal Recipes for Kids

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy your oatmeal, try baking it! Not only is it easy to make, but it can also be prepared in advance for a quick and convenient breakfast option throughout the week.

Your future self will thank you :).

An overhead shot of baked oatmeal with slice on green spatula.
5 from 23 votes

Vegan Baked Apple Oatmeal

This one pan baked apple oatmeal is so easy to make with 6 ingredients. It is egg-free and dairy-free and can be made ahead of time.
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Baked oatmeal served in a white bowl with milk, sliced almonds, and peanut butter.
5 from 20 votes

Healthy Baked Strawberry Oatmeal

Super easy to make, this healthy baked oatmeal recipe with juicy strawberries and bananas is the perfect make ahead breakfast or snack for the whole family!
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A close up shot of baked oatmeal in a white square pan.
5 from 5 votes

Baked Peach Oatmeal (No Sugar Added)

Here's a super easy make ahead breakfast for the whole family – Baked Peach Oatmeal! It is a healthy and delicious way to start the morning!
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three sliced baked oatmeal stacked on top of each other
5 from 15 votes

Savory Baked Oatmeal with Vegetables

This savory baked oatmeal is so easy to make and a great way to enjoy vegetables for breakfast! Perfect for baby led weaning and lunchboxes.
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Oat Snacks for Toddlers

I’m so excited for you to try these oat snack ideas that are perfect for little ones.

From homemade cookies and muffins to energy bites and bars, these are delicious and nutritious snacks for home, school, or outings.

four carrot oatmeal cookies stacked
5 from 160 votes

3 Ingredient Baby Cookies

3 ingredients are all you need to make these soft and delicious vegan banana oatmeal cookies. They are the perfect breakfast or snack for babies!
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Three stacked cookies.
4.77 from 89 votes

Healthy Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies

These zucchini oatmeal cookies are so easy to make with wholesome, minimal ingredients and no added sugar!
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Baked cookie with a bite taken out of it.
4.99 from 84 votes

Peanut Butter Chickpea Cookies

Made without flour and sugar, these peanut butter chickpea cookies are so easy to make with just 5 ingredients.
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An overhead shot of sliced banana oat bars with sliced banana.
4.98 from 45 votes

Banana Oatmeal Bars

Soft and chewy, these healthy banana oatmeal bars are super easy to make with just a handful of pantry items. They're the perfect make-ahead, grab-n-go breakfast, snack, or dessert.
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a square cereal bar placed on toddler's palm.
5 from 26 votes

Peanut Butter Cheerio Cereal Bars

These no-bake peanut butter cheerio bars are so easy to make with pantry ingredients! They are the perfect breakfast or snack for kids.
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baby friendly banana protein pancakes spread out on a blue plate with berries and peanut butter
5 from 35 votes

3 Ingredient Banana Oat Pancakes

Made in a blender with simple ingredients, these banana pancakes for babies and toddlers make for a delicious and filling snack or meal. Fluffy and moist, if you are looking for a baby led weaning pancakes recipe, this is it!
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Four oatmeal balls with different add-ins.
5 from 37 votes

No-Bake Oatmeal Balls

These no bake oatmeal balls are made with just 5 wholesome ingredients and contain no added sugar. Enjoy as a healthy snack or treat any time of the day.
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A close up shot of bliss balls with a bite taken out of one on top.
4.97 from 32 votes

Peanut Butter Bliss Balls (High Protein)

5 ingredients are all you need to make these no-bake peanut butter bliss balls. Loaded with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, they are the perfect make-ahead snack.
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Yogurt topped with raspberries, blueberries, granola.
5 from 3 votes

No Added Sugar Granola

Here's a highly customizable healthy granola recipe with no added sugar! It is packed with healthy fats and protein and is just perfect for breakfast or snack any time of the day.
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Spinach muffin with a bite taken out.
4.97 from 160 votes

Moist Spinach Muffins

These healthy spinach muffins with banana are fluffy and moist in texture and packed with nutrition. They are perfect for babies and kids.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which oat is best for toddlers?

While you may have heard that steel cut oats are better for you, the truth is ALL types of oats are healthy with very similar nutritional profiles. They are all 100% whole grain, great sources of fiber (beta-glucan), vitamins B and E, and protein.

Are oats gluten-free?

Oats themselves are naturally gluten-free, but they are often processed in facilities that also process wheat, barley, and other gluten-containing grains.

Therefore, if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, be sure to choose oats that are certified gluten-free.

Do I need to get organic oats?

The benefit of organic oats is that they are grown without the use of pesticides like glyphosate. Having said that, it’s still possible for them to contain trace amounts due to factors such as pesticide drift from neighboring conventional farms or contaminated water sources.

Organic oats are also more expensive so if they don’t fit your budget, conventional oats still provide the same nutritional value. What I always encourage is to aim for variety. Instead of eating oats every morning, switch it up with different breakfast items.

About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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