Friday, March 29, 2013

Baby Cereal: Oatmeal

My 3rd child is 6 months old, and beginning to enjoy trying solid foods!  One of the things I really like to do is making my baby's food!  There are so many benefits to making baby food yourself. It is a huge money saver, you know exactly what ingredients they're eating, you can add seasonings and spices to get them used to more flavor, and so much more!  If you have made homemade baby food and have any tips, feel free to leave them in the comments!  After a few months of making my baby's food, I start feeding them what we're eating (for the most part).  I think this helps develop a healthy taste for a variety of foods!  I got the recipe for making this oatmeal on Wholesome Baby Food, a wonderful resource for preparing food for your baby!
1/2 cup ground oats (regular or steel cut if possible), ground in blender or food processor
1 1/2 cup water
1. Bring the liquid to a boil in a saucepan.  Add the oatmeal powder, stirring constantly.
2. Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking often.

This is how my oats looked after I ran them through my food chopper. You can make them a finer powder if you would like.
 I added cinnamon to my oatmeal, but you could also add fruit purees.
I froze the extras in ice cube trays. After they are frozen solid, I pop them out of the trays, and freeze them in a labeled freezer bag. Each cube is approximately 1 ounce, so you can know how much food you are feeding your baby!

1 comment:

  1. My favorite baby food to make is steamed butternut squash, steamed apples and a dash of cinnamon all in a blender! I mix it with my son's oatmeal to make it last longer too. I love your blog by the way!