Oats 3 ways

This cold weather calls for a warming start to your day, and what better way than a steaming bowl of porridge. Oats are a great breakfast food for little grubs, fuelling them for the day with slow-release energy that keeps them feeling fuller for longer. They’re even better if you can include a good quality fat as well.

These varieties have all been tested on the boy and he loves every one. They’re not just for kids though! I reckon you’ll love them too. I’ve also tried soaking them overnight which works well for those busy mornings where you just want to chuck something in the microwave or on the stove, really quickly.

The quantities used here makes one serving for a little one, just increase the quantities and ratios if you’re wanting to make a bigger bowl.

If you’re using the stove, mix all ingredients together (except where advised otherwise) and stir until the oats are cooked to your liking. If using the microwave, again mix all the ingredients together and microwave for 30 seconds, stir and then microwave for another 20 – 30 seconds depending on the strength of your microwave and how you like your oats cooked.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 4 tbsp full fat milk (or water or almond/coconut milk)

Varieties:

Peanut Butter and Banana

  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • banana to top (either mashed or sliced)
  • mix all the ingredients (except banana) together and cook on the stove or in the microwave as instructed above. The peanut butter will melt in to the porridge; delicious!
  • top with either mashed or sliced banana (quantity is up to you)

Berries and coconut

  • 1 tsp desiccated coconut
  • small handful of frozen blueberries or mixed berries
  • mix all ingredients together and cook on the stove or in the microwave as instructed above.
  • For smaller babies you can mash up the berries once cooked

Fruit puree and yoghurt

  • 1 ice cube (about a tablespoon) of fruit puree (apple, pear)
  • 1 tbsp greek yoghurt
  • mix the oats and liquid together and cook. Then stir in the fruit puree and dollop of yoghurt and serve.

I have a great recipe for poached pear with flair here. It’s a nice way of making boring winter fruits that little bit tastier!

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