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four oatmeals shaped into balls and plated on a white plate

Vegetable Baby Oatmeal

Want to add more vegetables to your baby or toddler’s breakfast? If so, you’re going to love these savory baby oatmeals or porridges!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

Base ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (50g) rolled oats
  • 1/2-1 cup milk of choice depending on the cooking method (e.g. breastmilk/formula, full-fat coconut milk)
  • 1 medium egg, whisked (can leave out if there's an allergy)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (or flax or hemp seeds)

Instructions

To cook over the stovetop

  • Heat 1 cup of milk or water on the stove and once it simmers, pour the oats in. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 3-5 minutes.
  • slowly add in one well-whisked egg, stirring vigorously, until light and fluffy (about 1-2 minutes).
  • Add in the extra ingredients as suggested in these recipes (or whatever you desire). Turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let it sit for another 3 minutes or so until fluffy. Thin out with additional liquid as needed.

Cook in the microwave

  • In a microwave-safe bowl or mug, mix all the base ingredients (use 1/2 cup of milk) along with the additional add-ins (minus the stir-ins). See notes for suggestions
  • Microwave on high for 1 1/2 min, stir, and microwave for another 30-45 seconds, until desired consistency is achieved.
  • Once cooked, add the stir-ins. Thin out with additional liquid as needed. Wait until completely cooled before serving to baby

Equipment

Notes

Flavor Combinations:
Zucchini and bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1-2 tablespoons shredded cheese (can omit, add less or more)
  • Stir-ins: cooked zucchini and bell pepper, chopped
Sweet potato
  • 1/3 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • Stir-ins: fresh parsley, finely chopped
Tahini broccoli
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • Stir-ins: cooked broccoli, chopped; more tahini, if desired
Helpful tips:
  • If you’re desiring a more pudding-like consistency, simply blend.
  • If cooking on the stove, be sure to stir the oatmeal constantly when adding egg. Otherwise it will cook up unevenly and you'll end up with scrambled eggs. 
  • Offer a spoon but chances are your baby will just dive in with their hands and that's ok! Resist the urge to interfere and continuously wiping them.
  • Alternatively, you can shape into balls or fingers to make the oatmeal easier to eat. If you happen to plan ahead, refrigerate for 30 minutes or so after shaping. This will make the balls firmer.
  • Be sure to pair with a source of vitamin C to baby oatmeal to help absorb the iron in oats.
  • You can store any untouched leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 60mg | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 2mg
Course breakfast, snack
Cuisine American
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