How to Make Homemade Oatmeal for Babies

Learn how to make homemade oatmeal for babies from Petit Organics founder Michelle Muller-Marinis in this Howcast video.

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So, now we're talking about making your own homemade baby cereal using oats. Oats are one of my favorite whole grains because no matter how you buy them at the supermarket, wheather it's a steal cut oat, a quick oat, or a rolled oat. They have all been very, very minimally processed. So, of all the whole grains out there they are going to retain the most amount of vitamins and nutrients for your child. Again it's very, very simple to make your own baby cereal at home. Right now I have about a half a cup off quick oats measured out. I'm just pouring it into my spice grinder.

This is a little bit more, portion wise, than what you'll need per serving but I tend to make more. and store the extra in my refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container to save time, going forward. So, now processing about 20 to 30 seconds, until it comes to a dust consistency. Alright, so, that was about 30 seconds. And, as you can see it's came out to a really nice dust consistency. It's basically what you see in any packaged store bought baby cereal off the shelf. But, the good thing is that you don't have any other stabilizers or added chemicals.

So, now what we'll do is measure out a quarter cup serving. Which for a young baby would yield about two meals. For an older child eight months plus will be perfect for a single serving. And, will come over we have a half a cup of water boiling. And, we'll add in the processed oats. And you want to stir, stir, stir immediately when the oats go into the pan, to prevent any sort of clumping, which could pose a choking hazard to your baby. And then will stir continuously for about 3 to 4 minutes until all the water cooks out and we bring it down to an oatmeal consistency. So, now we're right at a perfect oatmeal consistency, for our little one. And you'll scoop off your portion size into the serving dish. And, sense cereals whether It's store bought or homemade tend to come out a little bit gummy when prepared. I prefer to add in a purée. So, this is a Kiwi purée. And, you just want to mix it in and stir, stir, stir.

Though I'm using the Kiwi purée here but any other purée a sweet potato, apple, pear, all work very very nicely. So long as you can add a little extra moisture to take the clumpiness out and prevent any sort of choking hazard. And, of course to add more flavor for your little ones expanding palette then you're all set with your homemade baby out cereal.

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