Make healthy baby oatmeal (or toddler oatmeal!) for kids that features whole grains, fiber, and veggies. Plus, you can make this quick breakfast recipe in just 5 minutes and it tastes sort of like pie!
Oatmeal has been a staple in our house ever since my oldest was a baby. Both of my girls have always loved it and we eat it as a family two mornings a week (at least). But I’m always looking for new ways to serve it up to vary the nutrients that we’re eating. This version of baby oatmeal, which has pureed butternut squash in the mix and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice, is super fast AND it tastes a little bit like pie!
Healthy Oatmeal with Veggies
Serving veggies for breakfast is one of the easiest ways to ensure that our kids hit their daily recommended servings, but it’s often a hard sell. But by stirring a little pureed squash into oatmeal is both easy and tastes good so it can go over much better. If serving this to a baby, you can serve it plain, but for older toddlers and kids (and parents!) you can add all sorts of yummy toppings like: dried cranberries or raisins, a drizzle of maple syrup or honey, a spoonful of nut or seed butter, a spoonful of Greek yogurt, or some milk. See what sounds good!
Ingredients in Baby Oatmeal with Butternut Squash
To make this baby oatmeal you’ll need quick oats, pureed butternut squash, and pumpkin pie spice. I typically use canned pureed butternut squash or you can use homemade mashed butternut squash if you have it on hand. Both work!
How to Make Baby Oatmeal Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at the easy process of making this oatmeal for babies and toddlers.
- Add the oats to a microwave-safe bowl with 2/3 cups water. Cook for 60-90 seconds, stopping about halfway through to stir.
- Stir in the squash and pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.
- Serve topped with optional toppings. For kids over 1, you can sweeten to taste with a little maple syrup or honey.
Can I make this with regular rolled oats?
If you only have rolled oats, you can use those, just know that the texture won’t be quite as creamy and they’ll need to cook for 30-60 seconds longer. You can also grind them briefly in the blender or food processor. I like to use quick oats in this recipe since they cook so fast and they have a very smooth texture that pairs well with the squash. Use whichever you have and prefer though!
Can I make this on the stove top?
Sure! It cooks really fast though so stay close by and stir regularly. Add the water and oats to a small saucepan, heat over medium low, and stir until the oats are soft and the water is absorbed. Stir in the squash and spice and serve as desired.
How long does this healthy oatmeal last?
You can store this in individual servings in airtight containers in the fridge for 3-5 days. You can actually serve it cold if your kiddo likes it that way (my youngest always ate cold leftover oatmeal when I sent her food to the sitter!) or warm it with a little more water or milk as needed.
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Store oatmeal in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Serve cold or warm, stirring in water or milk as needed.