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The Secret to Making Perfect Oatmeal

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I hated oatmeal when I was younger.  Hated it.  Fortunately, it wasn't a staple in our house, but the few times that I remember having it left a bad (think really, really "pasty") taste in my mouth. It wasn't until I got older and learned how ridiculously good oatmeal is for you that I started making it...and loving it.  

Through lots of trial and error, I finally found that the secret to keeping it creamy is to double the recommended oat-to-liquid ratio and divide it equally between water and milk #ahamoment.  For example, if the directions instruct you to use 1/2 cup oats and 1 cup liquid, use 2 cups (1 cup water; 1 cup milk) instead. 

I prefer steel-cut oats, but since toddler boss can't yet digest them properly (if you know what I mean:-), these days I only use old-fashioned oats.  The cook times are different, but the oat-to-liquid ratio is always the same. I don't add any sweeteners (although I do provide a suggestion below), but I do add fruit...blueberries are our fave...as shown:-).  

Creamy Oatmeal with Bluberries

RECOMMENDED AGES:  12+ months.  Click here to download our easy baby food reference chart to keep track of what foods you can introduce to your baby and when.

SUGGESTED PAIRING:  Try making this while your little one is wearing the Burpa Bib in Saturday Seersucker Blue or Pink.

SERVINGS:   3-4 adult servings; up to 6 toddler servings

COOK TIME: 50 mins (make a big batch at night to save time in the mornings)

COOLING/SETTLING TIME: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar (optional)
  • fresh blueberries 

    DIRECTIONS 

    1. Add oats, water, milk and cinnamon stick to a medium sauce pot.

    2. Bring to a high boil and c
    ook uncovered for 10-15 minutes. Optional: add agave nectar while cooking.

    3. Turn heat down to a low simmer and cook for 35 minutes with a tilted lid. 

    4. After 35 minutes, remove from heat and cover.  Let stand for 10 minutes and remove cinnamon stick.

    5. Add blueberries to each serving and enjoy!

    PS: When re-heating, add a little almond milk to each serving.

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    Riche Holmes GrantHey Haute Mamas! I'm Riche Holmes Grant, a modern mom + mompreneur who designs smart + stylish products that make your mommy gig easier. 

    When I'm not busy taking orders from my toddler boss, I'm contributing to MarthaStewart.com or in the kitchen whipping up delicious baby + toddler gourmet creations in my BambiniWare Apronini.

    Get my FREE book on How to Make the Best Food for Your Baby here!

    I live in the Washington, DC area with my husband and daughter. Follow our adventures on Instagram via @BambiniWare!



     

     

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