I’ve been making this since my oldest child turned eighteen months old. My boys gobble it up every morning and often ask for seconds! This is thick, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs oatmeal that is made from scratch, but it’s super easy and the recipe makes enough for several days. I make it thick because it sticks to the spoon, thus helping little ones to scoop it up while learning to feed themselves.
Sometimes I add 2 tablespoons of cracked wheat to the mix, which requires an extra ¼ cup of milk. For older kids, sprinkle raisins or dried cherries or cranberries on top before serving.
Warning: This recipe uses honey, which is not safe for children under the age of 1 year.
- 8-quart glass bowl
- plastic wrap
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 2 tablespoons wheat germ
- 1 tablespoon oat bran
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- ½ cup applesauce
- 2 cups milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
- 2 tablespoons honey (or other sweetener)
- In a large glass bowl combine oats, wheat germ, oat bran, and cinnamon. Add applesauce and. Stir.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and poke three holes with a sharp knife. Microwave on high for two minutes, then stir. Microwave on high for two more minutes.
- Add honey and stir. Cover again and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Stir well and put into refrigerator. The oatmeal will keep for several days.
- TO SERVE: Warm ¼-1/2 cup of oatmeal (depending on your child’s appetite) in the microwave 30-45 seconds. It won’t be hot, just slightly warm. Pour into a bowl and serve.