Why not make homemade oatmeal cereal for babies?
When Kenya was a baby the first solid my pediatrician told me to feed him was rice cereal, a natural first choice for babies which is incredibly simple for parents to prepare. Hubby and I were so excited for this day to arrive that we set aside an entire Saturday morning to document every last second of our babies first bite. His expressions tasting, moving the food around in his mouth, and finally swallowing was absolutely priceless.
One day after opening a new box and realizing it was barely half full I thought to myself, why am I spending $4 for a box of rice cereal when I can easily make it homemade for pennies per serving? And so I did.
As Kenya progressed to eating a wider variety of foods, I added oatmeal cereal to his repertoire as well. It's amazing to me how much more fresh homemade cereals taste compared to what is sold in stores for new eaters (not to mention how much more inexpensive they are). All you need to do is puree old fashioned oats in a blender or food processor and add water. It's that simple.
So the next time you're at the grocery and reach for that container of overpriced oatmeal cereal, remember that you probably already have the one ingredient you need to make it for your baby right in your pantry!
Homemade Oatmeal Cereal for Babies ( makes 4-6 servings )
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (aka 5 minute oats)
1. Place oats in a food processor, pulse for 15 to 30 seconds or until finely ground.
2. Store the oat powder in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer or in a cool dark place for up to 3 months.
To make 1 serving for a 5-9 month old baby
1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tbsp of the ground oats and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, if desired.
2. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy.*
* Breast milk or formula can be added to thin the mixture