Tuesday, March 11, 2014

{Tiny Tot Tuesdays} Homemade Organic Baby Oatmeal

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The second food we gave Bradley was oatmeal. It was very runny, which was good since it's still so new to him. I definitely think he liked it more than the rice cereal, but I can tell he's still just feeling out the whole process. At least it's getting him used to eating with a spoon and eating solid foods! I actually think he likes to chew on the spoon more than anything :) This is made using the same process I used for the rice cereal. Feel free to grind up extra oats and put them in a airtight container for later use!

Printable Recipe

Makes about 6 servings
  • 1/4 cup organic quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups of water
In a food processor or Baby Bullet (or anything that has a milling blade), add oats and grind to a fine powder. It usually takes about 5 minutes in a food processor.

Add the oat powder to a pot with the water. Whisk so it doesn't clump. Cook until it boils, then cover and turn the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes or until it reaches the consistency you want (should be a little thinner than applesauce). If it clumps, use an immersion blender to thin it out.

Pour the cooked oatmeal through a sieve to remove any lumps or chunks.

Allow to cool then serve to your baby with a spoon. I recommend adding some breast milk or formula to the cooked oatmeal as well...this thins out the oatmeal and adds a flavor they already know and enjoy.

If saving for a later date, pour it into storage cups to freeze or refrigerate. You can refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze for 30 days. Make sure you label your oatmeal! Once you are ready to serve, heat the refrigerated or frozen oatmeal up in the microwave and allow to cool to just warmer than room temperature. Add breast milk or formula to thin it out.

Tip: You can grind up extra oats and store it in an airtight container for future use. 

*Consult your pediatrician before feeding your baby solid foods and to see what amount/type of food you should give your child.

Source: SK Original (although heavily adapted from doctor's recommendations)

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