Charlotte has loved rice and oats from the beginning so I ground up brown rice and oats for her and began adding different fruits to the oats and veggies to the rice. I usually add a bit of butter and sometimes cinnamon too when making the oatmeal.
I have mixed black beans, cauliflower, corn, peas, green beans, zucchini (to name a few) and spinach in with her rice and it’s a great way to add new flavors and texture to it.
I have added peaches, bananas, cherries (especially loves that one) and blueberries and strawberries to her oats to name a few.
The basic recipe for the fruity oatmeal or the veggie rice goes like this:
Boil 1 cup of water
Add the fruit or veggie and boil for 3 min (about a 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen)-honestly this doesn’t matter that much, just a little will do, for example when I added the zucchini I just grated some in so I have no idea how much
Turn the water down to a simmer and add in 3 TBSP of oats or rice cereal or ones that you ground up yourself. I did mine in the Ninja-easy peasy
Whisk continuously for 5 min taking an occasional break-smash the fruit or veggie to the acceptable thickness your baby can handle if need be but it will naturally get smaller and break apart during the heating and whisking process
Add a touch of butter or cinnamon and stir once the baby is getting used to more complex flavors
I usually serve whatever it is right away (after it cools a bit) and then store the rest to use over the next 3 days.
***This is a thicker recipe and probably best once your babe has mastered purees and ready for more texture.
xo-Adrienne & Charlotte