Much.Most.Darling.: Toddler Approved Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal Recipe

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Toddler Approved Strawberries & Cream Oatmeal Recipe

Our mornings are always a little rough around here. Half the time I'm barely awake, wishing I was crawling back into bed to catch a few more Zzzs, and the other half I'm frantically trying to get our acts together to get out the door to run some of our million chores. If you have a toddler, you know the latter never works out the way you plan, and suddenly you're sitting in the lobby of your local oil change shop and your almost two year old is lacking one sock, his cup of milk and his very favorite dump truck, and then you realize you have yet to feed him an actual breakfast. 

I mean, not that anything like that ever happens to us, or anything... but I've heard it can, because, you know, #Mombie. 

Most of the breakfasts I usually cook H either require an oven or a stove top, which just doesn't work for us on those aforementioned crazy days. Admittedly, more times than not, I'll just throw a few NutriGrain or granola bars into my Boken Bag for H to eat on the way, but the Mom Guilt has started adding up, especially when I look at the bars' high sugar content and lack of real nutrients, so I've been trying to brainstorm ideas for toddler approved breakfasts that can be done start to finish in under 5 minutes and don't require a stove.

Oatmeal has become an easy winner, because I can cater to H's current fruit obsessions, and with the quick cooking oats, they literally take less than two minutes to cook. Right now, the kiddo cannot get enough of 'sawbeyyis' (aka: strawberries), so this mix is super easy to throw together and it's a recipe even my picky toddler will eat.

As an added bonus, I can usually throw everything into a bowl together, stick it in the microwave and  hit start, and still manage to make it up to H's room upstairs before his "MOOOOOMMMMM. Hello. Mom. Hello" inside voice turns up a few octaves to a Red level. That means Hangry H actually has a delicious and warm breakfast waiting for him before we even hit the last step down. 

You'll need:
  • 1/2 c Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 c milk (I like to use Vanilla Coconut Milk)
  • 1⁄2 c strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp flax seeds

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of oats into a microwave safe bowl, and add the milk and flax seeds, stirring to mix. 
  2. Microwave for 60 seconds, stir, and check the consistency. Sometimes, 60 seconds of cooking time in the microwave is all this yummy strawberries and cream oatmeal recipe requires - it just depends on your personal preference of how thick or runny you like your oats. (I usually make them somewhat on the thicker side, just so they're easier for my toddler to scoop himself with a spoon)
    1. If desired, microwave in 30 second intervals until cooked to your perfection. Just be sure to watch carefully so it doesn't pour over the sides or bubble and pop in your microwave!
  3. While your oatmeal is cooking, rinse and chop the strawberries, and add it to the oatmeal once it's done cooking. I like adding the strawberries afterwards, because it helps cool down the oatmeal a little, which is a good thing for H.
As I mentioned in the ingredients list, I use Vanilla Coconut Milk, because I like that it adds a little extra creaminess and a hint of sweetness without having to use sugar or Splenda, but a dash of fresh honey or maple syrup is a delicious addition as well! Because I use gluten free rolled oats, as well as coconut milk, the oatmeal is both gluten free and dairy free as well! 

If we're eating at home, I usually keep it in the same bowl to let him feed himself, but when we're out I like to throw the oatmeal into H's Insulated Stainless Steel Food Jar with Folding Spoon from Nuby. It is awesome for on-the-go snacking and meals, because of the dual walls and insulated steel, and I can rest easy knowing that the exterior will stay cool to the touch, even with a warm food like oatmeal. It actually has several different components that all go together: a fold out spoon that is stored in the lid, as well as two separate compartments, one of which is kind of 'hidden' in the upper portion of the lid, so it's really easy to store dry foods separate from liquids.

While I'm showing how I use this great Nuby First Solids Stainless Steel Food Jar for my oatmeal recipe, we also use it for things like carrot and hummus, pretzels and peanut butter, or broccoli and ranch dressing, because I don't have to worry about the foods and flavors mixing and making the solids go soft. The Insulated Stainless Steel Food Jar with Folding Spoon from Nuby is great for your little one's first solids, and can keep things warm for up to 6 hours, or cool for up to 7 hours, which means it's also great for road trips and airplane travel!

To complete the set, Nuby's Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill™ Flip-it™ with 360 Weighted Straw is the perfect companion to the Steel Food Jar. H is obsessed with all things straw related, so he's on a big strike for any and all non-straw capable cups. This new Active Sipeez™ 2 Handle No Spill Stainless Steel 360 Degree Flip-it Clik-it sippy cup features Nuby's patented 360 degree straw so H can easily drink his milk, juice, water, etc from any angle. It's recommended for ages 12 months and up, and can hold up to 7.5 ounces of beverage for your little one.

I usually throw some milk in to accompany H's strawberries and cream oatmeal, but definitely don't limit it to just errands and travel thanks to the Clik-it™ feature. I can let H be a crazy little tornado like he is, and whirl his No-Spill™ Flip-it™around the room, and I never have to worry about it leaking on the carpets or hardwood, and the soft and durable kid proof base minimizes the damage from any drops (or throws) that may (and do) occur. The silicone straw is great for while he's teething, because it's soft and flexible on his gums, and I love that the whole cup comes apart for super easy cleaning - hello dishwasher safe! I can also rest easy knowing that H's milk from our morning errands will still be safe for him to drink later in the afternoon, because this cup keeps liquids cool for up to ten hours!

Both the Insulated Stainless Steel Food Jar w/ Folding Spoon and Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill™ Flip-it™ w/ 360 Weighted Straw are BPA free and can be found at Babies R Us, and come in a variety of colors: pink, blue, neon green and orange, so you're sure to find the perfect one for your kiddo.

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Does this sound like a recipe you or your little one would enjoy? What other fruits would you use?

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  1. Gee, I make something like this for ME in the winter (and no, I'm not a toddler!). I add chopped apple and a handful of nuts (I prefer cashews) to my morning oatmeal! The fun of oatmeal is you can add whatever fresh fruit you'd like and it always tastes great!

  2. Well, if a toddler approves it? You KNOW it's good. And it sounds good to me!

  3. That sounds really yummy! My kids and I would love it.

  4. Love that you added flax seeds to this! My son is getting tired of eggs and sweet potatoes. I'm making him this tomorrow. Thanks!

  5. My boys love oatmeal for a bedtime snack. I wish the school would serve oatmeal.

  6. My father loves oatmeal. I am going to copy this recipe and put it by the stove tonight, maybe it will encourage him to try his oatmeal in a new way tomorrow morning.

  7. That sounds delish!!! Oatmeal is always the perfect breakfast!

  8. Oatmeal is so nutritious and I love the recipe involving strawberries and cream!

  9. i'll have to give this a go! maybe it will help me like oatmeal more

  10. Oatmeal is always an easy winner for us too!

  11. sounds like something my grand-son would love

  12. That's so awesome. I love strawberries with oatmeal. It's one of my go-to breakfasts!

  13. My granddaughter no longer wants this kind of food but when she did eat it, she would have loved the the mis/blend.

  14. This looks yummy! I may even have to try some :)

  15. It would also be great with blueberries, I think! I love that flax seeds are in it.

  16. This looks so yummy! I have oatmeal for breakfast every morning :)

  17. This is so great! And what a great breakfast! I used to make my kids baby food, and I'd just throw it in a plastic container, but I love this set!

  18. Strawberries and oatmeal go well together. My kids love this combo.

  19. We love oatmeal. I have a huge family, I crockpot the oatmel at night and its ready for everyone - my kids are adults,lol, so they are up and out at all different times. Somehow the dishes are always left for me. Love this breakfast, yummy and the additon of flax seed is awesome

  20. My kids love oatmeal. I always add fruits, flax seeds and avocado

  21. Looks super yummy! Strawberry oatmeal is always a winner! :)

  22. My little one that loves oatmeal is allergic to strawberries, but would love this with peaches.

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