I’m loving one pot meals for baby recently. Mainly because it’s a little more like I eat, and quality time is my love language – meals we eat together are just so much more fun. Generally for meals I try to incorporate 3 main elements – starch, protein and a fruit or veg – instead of just sticking to fruits and veggies.

So for this recipe you cook oatmeal according to directions, but instead of water, I use milk. When I’m out of milk I use water and then once it’s cooling on the stove I stir in some greek yogurt for some extra flavor and pizazz. Water + oatmeal is just not super delicious to me, and Russell was not a fan either.

This recipe is also a great way to work in potential allergens “early and often”.- which of course only mix allergens if you know baby is already good to go on those. Using milk or yogurt instead of water helps introduce dairy, and peanut butter adds some yummy flavor and protein. Also switching up to different nut butters can help introduce tree nuts as well! So many fun options with the same basic recipe.

As the milk is heating, I stir in fresh blackberries and a spoonful of peanut butter. If Baby Russell is cooking with me he can then hold the spoon and gnaw on it, keeping him occupied…peanut butter flavored spoons are delish.

Shallow Focus Photography of Berries

I’m loving using our local blackberries for this recipe. They turn oatmeal a beautiful purple which is so much more interesting to baby. But also this recipe is very interchangeable with other fruits or frozen fruits. Freezing local fruits for later is awesome, and the heating of them here thaws them easily makes them safe for baby.

Oatmeal with Fresh Blackberries

Quick, delicious breakfast bowl for the whole family! Complete with fruit, extra protein, and scoopability for tiny hands.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 spoonful peanut butter
  • 1 cup blackberries

Instructions
 

  • Heat the milk to boiling, adding blackberries and peanut butter as it heats up.
  • Stir in oatmeal, cook for 5 minutes. 
  • Cover, take off the heat and cook for 2 more minutes.
  • Squash a few of the blackberries until the dish turns purple 

Notes

Use whatever fruits you have in your fridge or freezer to expose baby to new flavors, textures and colors. The more variety they get now, the safer they will feel trying new things during their toddler years! 
Ideas for variation: replace blackberries with frozen blueberries, frozen banana, fresh strawberries or other seasonal fruit, butternut squash or pumpkin; or use almond butter instead of peanut butter.
Experiment and enjoy!

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