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Homemade Baby Oatmeal

Learn how to cook the perfect oatmeal for baby. It's easy, fast, and loaded with vegetables! Serve as is or shape into fingers or balls, baby led weaning style!
Course breakfast, snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 210kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Base ingredients

  • ½ cup (50g) rolled oats
  • cups milk of choice (e.g. breastmilk/formula, full-fat coconut milk)
  • 1 medium egg, well whisked (can leave out if there's an allergy)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (or flax or hemp seeds) , optional but highly recommended

Instructions

On the stove

  • Heat milk 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 5-7 minutes.
  • Add in whisked egg, stirring vigorously, until light and fluffy (about 1-2 minutes) - see note.
  • Add in the extra ingredients as suggested in the recipes below (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.

In the microwave

  • In a microwave-safe bowl or mug, mix all the base ingredients WITH the additional add-ins (minus the stir-ins) as listed below. See notes.
  • Microwave on high for 1 ½ 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.

Notes

Flavor Combinations:
Zucchini and bell pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1-2 tablespoons shredded cheese (can omit, add less or more)
  • Stir-ins: cooked zucchini and bell pepper, finely chopped
Sweet potato
  • ⅓ cup mashed sweet potato
  • ½ teaspoons cumin
  • Stir-ins: fresh parsley, finely chopped
Tahini broccoli
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • Stir-ins: cooked broccoli, chopped; more tahini, if desired
Beetroot Curry 
Helpful tips:
  • If you’re desiring a more pudding-like consistency, add to blender and blend until smooth.
  • 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! 
  • 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: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 47mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2mg