Baby food isn’t just restricted to babies, as I’m sure many parents have admittedly eaten and enjoyed a lot of what they purchase or prepare for their little tots. If you’re looking for a recipe that will satisfy both parties, oatmeal is one of our favorites.
Oatmeal is a great starter food for babies as it’s not highly allergenic and packed with nutrients such as calcium, protein, and fiber. However, nutrients don’t discriminate, making oatmeal just as good for adults too. When choosing oatmeal, steel cut oats are the best choice when compared to rolled or instant oats because they are the least processed. The following recipe is made sweeter with some fruits and a touch of cinnamon. If you prefer yours less mushy, process your batch less before it's made completely smooth. Now treat yourself to some for breakfast or an afternoon snack while you watch your baby chow down!
Tropical Fruits and Cinnamon Oats
Makes about 2 ½ cups
1 cup mango, cut into ½- to 1-inch pieces
1 cup papaya, cut into ½- to 1-inch pieces
100 ml water
1 ripe banana, cut into 1-inch pieces
½ cup cooked oatmeal
¹∕8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Put the mango and papaya into the Baby Food Maker & Bottle Warmer work bowl fitted with the steam blade and cover bowl with lid.
Add the water to the steam/bottle warming chamber and set the measuring cup in its place.
Close the lid to lock and then turn the dial to steam.
Once the light goes out indicating the steaming is complete, add the banana, oatmeal and cinnamon to the bowl and turn the dial to chop. Pulse about 10 times to break up, scraping if necessary, and then process continuously until completely smooth, about 20 to 30 seconds.
Allow to cool before serving. If not using immediately, refrigerate for up to three days or freeze in individual portions for convenience.