oatmeal & a marathon {pear, apple, & cherry oatmeal, for you & baby stage 2+}

It’s oatmeal time again. We were out for a while. It was tough, real tough but I got a chance to make a couple weeks worth and now we have a happy baby. Here’s an updated take on the first stage 1 oatmeal recipe post: oatmeal is everywhere.

This recipe makes 2 large adult servings or 1 ice-cube tray (for storing) and a little left over for baby. We’re making it this morning to get Tim fueled up for his upcoming race this weekend in Ft.Woth.

Note: pears, apples, cherries, and raisins are all on the “dirty dozen” list of produce to by organic. If possible try to get these items organically. Also, as with any new baby food recipe make sure baby is used to all ingredients before serving.

Pear Apple and Cherry Oatmeal {for baby stage 2 + and everyone}

  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup oatmeal, not instant
  • 1 pear, organic if possible, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1 apple, organic if possible, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped, organic if possible
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, choped, organic if possible
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon* some babies are known to have a sensitivity towards cinnamon, read this WholesomeBabyFood.com “Spices and Herbs” article for more information

In a pot bring the water to a boil and add the rest of the ingredients listed. Simmer on medium low for 10 to 15 minutes or until the pears and apples are tender.

You can either serve now or puree in a food processor or blender. Add more water if needed.

If making this strictly for baby you will have plenty of left over. Pour into an ice-cube tray. Cover with plastic wrap or ice-cube tray cover. Place in freezer and when frozen remove from trays. Store in freezer bags. Each cube is 1 ounce. Will store in freezer for 3 months or in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Mia is now 15 months and still loves this recipe! If you are like us and the doctor’s orders are to add a little more chub to those baby cheeks (b/c of Mia’s prematurity), this is a great vehicle for a little extra whole milk or butter!

Now I must get off the computer and in the car. It’s time for another marathon weekend. It’s funny how when my husband and I first were together and in the early days of our marriage, weekends were full of music gigs and musicians. Now it’s full of races and sweaty runners! This time we’re off to The Cowtown Marathon and in the spirit of things I will leave you with a couple of photos of races from the past. If your interested (I know it’s peeking your curiosity, right?) I’ll tweet with updates. So, follow along on twitter or check the side bar on here. Have a good weekend everyone!

Left: honestly, I can’t remember what race this is from but I love how he’s always smiling before a run. Right:White Rock Marathon in Dallas, TX

Left: Jingle Bell Run. He ran it injured, in a tux and still placed 3rd in age division! Like I said crazy. Right: Hills and Heels 1/2 marathon.

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