oatmeal is everywhere! {oatmeal for baby}

0 | January 6, 2010

I can’t seem to make enough of this stuff! She loves it and while I’m on here and Mia’s sleeping why not share this simple recipe.

Oatmeal (stage 1 to toddler baby food)

1/2 cup of oatmeal – not instant

1 1/2 cups of water

2 peeled, cored and cubed apples, preferably organic since apples are on the “dirty dozen” list of foods to eat organic (I also make this with pears, peaches, and sweet potatoes)

Bring water to a boil.

Add oatmeal and apples.

Cook until apples are tender.

If baby is ready for textured food, mash well until apple chunks are smooth and serve.

If not, place in food processor or blender. At this time you can add spices such as a pinch (1/4 tsp) of cinnamon*, vanilla bean, or freshly grated nutmeg if your baby is ready.  Process until smooth.

Serve. Place remaining oatmeal in ice-cube trays and freeze. Store in freezer bags. Each cube is one ounce and can be stored for 3 months. This recipe makes one ice-cube tray full. Thaw out to serve.

When I serve this to Mia I add a small amount of vanilla PediaSure. PediaSure is typically given when babies are ready for whole milk around 12 months old. A small amount sweetens the oatmeal just enough. You can also add a small amount of brown sugar, maple syrup, or vanilla yogurt if you don’t have PediaSure hanging around the house.

* note – cinnamon has been known to have an allergic reaction in a small percentage of babies. Mia just happened to be one of them. It caused a short-term burn around her lips and diaper rash. Her pediatrician said she’s just sensitive and should grow out of it by age three. Of course, always check with your pediatrician before introducing new foods.

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