Oatmeal, such a creamy and nourishing breakfast idea for little one…and not only for breakfast. Naturally gluten free the oatmeal is a very versatile meal. Starting from the oat base you can really add on so many healthy ingredients to change the flavor and increase the nutritional value of each teaspoon.
Today I want to share with you a lovely combo: oatmeal + peaches + cardamom + tahini + hemp seeds + vanilla. A delicately sweet and nutritious mix that can be enjoyed by your baby starting from 6 months of age and also by the rest of the family! There is no age limit 🙂
The procedure is very simple.
In a saucepan add the milk and bring it almost to a boil. Small bubbles will form on the sides. For babies under 12 months you can use coconut milk for older ones cow’s milk or the one that you like. Add the rolled oats, reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Remove the lid, turn the heat off and add all the other ingredients: vanilla, cardamom, tahini, hemp seeds. Mix.
Add also the peach minced in tiny pieces. I left the peel on as the peach was organic and the skin very soft and thin. Mix.
At this point you can serve the oatmeal like this and for more texture top it with more fresh fruit or even some coconut flakes or more hemps seeds or you can puree everything into a smooth cream. Follow your little one’s taste!
Smooth or Chuncky?
Following your baby’s taste you can prepare a super smooth cream simply using an immersion blender once the oatmeal is cooked. Add all the ingredients and blend.
If your little one likes a chunkier texture or for older kids simply leave the ingredients in small pieces. You can even increase the texture topping the oatmeal with some fruit pieces or coconut flakes.
Can I substitute peaches with other fruit?
I added peaches as their season just started and I found super sweet ones at the farmer’s market. You can substitute peaches with other stone fruits like plums, apricots, cherries, pluots or even mango, guava, papaya. Everything that you can find local and in season will work. Check the sweetness before adding as the fruit is the main sweetener of this recipe 🙂
What are the benefits of cardamom?
Cardamom pods release lovely dark aromatic seeds that can be grounded and used both for savory and sweet recipes. The scent is intense and the flavor reminds me of the mint, maybe because cardamom is a cousin of ginger, comes from the same family. Like mint, cardamom has a refreshing flavor.
Cardamom is safe to offer to babies starting from 6 months of age (it’s largely diffused in the Indian baby food tradition) and has a lot of health properties.
If you baby it teething, cardamom has anti-infective properties and can help the redness.
I use it mainly to help digestion and relief stomach pain and bloating. If this is your goal too, cardamom works very well with fennel seeds.
Can I freeze the oatmeal?
The oatmeal can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or can be frozen for up to 3 months. In the refrigerator the oatmeal can dry up a little, so before serving it you might want to thin it with some liquid (warm water, milk, breastmilk…).
Why adding hemp seeds?
A great source of essential fatty acids (Omega 3 + 6) hemps seeds boost the immune system, feed your little one’s brain, skin. Essential for a proper baby’s growth development I would add hemp seeds to any baby food starting from 6 months of age…and I would add it to my plate too!!
- 3/4 cup milk of your choice
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 small yellow peach, diced
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cardamom, grounded
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut flakes – optional
In a saucepan bring the milk to boil.
Add oats, mix, reduce to simmer, cover with lid and cook for 5 minutes.
Turn the heat off, add the vanilla, cardamom, tahini, hemp seeds and peach. Mix.
Serve the oatmeal like that or puree' everythign for a smooth texure. Option b, top with coconut flakes and more fruit for more texure.