A Toddler-Approved Breakfast Recipe
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 bag for H to eat on the way. However, 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 they literally take less than two minutes to make thanks to the quick cook oats. 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 code red. That means Hangry H actually has a delicious and warm breakfast waiting for him before we even hit the last step down.
- 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
- Pour 1/2 cup of oats into a microwave safe bowl, and add the milk and flax seeds, stirring to mix.
- 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)
- 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!
- 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!