Made with just oats, water and a little cinnamon, this homemade oat cereal for babies is ready in 15 minutes and is cheaper than store-bought!
Today I wanted start talking a little bit about the food I’m feeding Squish. We’re doing a bit of a mixed approach that involves some baby-led weaning and some spoon fed things like oatmeal. I plan to do a whole post about how we’re progressing through solid finger foods but today I wanted to a little tutorial on making homemade oat cereal for babies. It’s not really a recipe since it’s basically just oats…and water…and a little cinnamon but I think it’s worth sharing because it’s SO easy.
Since oat cereal is basically made out of just oats, I figured it would be easy enough to make my own. Since I food prep every weekend anyways, why not add this to the mix and save a little money by avoiding pre-packaged baby cereal. I calculated it out and if I buy a 10 pound box of oats at Costco and make this myself it costs something like $0.08/serving vs. $0.55/serving for a packaged brand!
So I started making my own. It’s incredibly easy and only takes about 15 minutes!
Here’s how you make it:
- ¼ cup ground oats (place rolled oats in food processor and process until finely ground, then measure)
- 1 cup water
- cinnamon, optional
- Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Add ground oats.
- Reduce heat to simmer and let cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.
- Stir in cinnamon
- Store in the fridge.
- *Note, mixture will thicken as it cools. Feel free to add formula or breast milk to thin it out before serving if desired
This recipe can easily be double or tripled to make a bigger batch.
Like I mentioned in the recipe, they will firm up into a semi-gelatinous mass once they cool and are stored in the fridge. I serve them thick to Squish but if you want to thin them out, feel free to add a little formula or breast milk.
I love exposing him to spices at such a young age so I add cinnamon when I make them. I also often mix in some fruit or veggies before serving. He loves them mixed with pears, applesauce or avocado!
One nutritional note: Store-bought infant cereal is typically fortified with iron, which is an important part of a baby’s diet. Formula is also typically fortified with iron and since Squish is formula fed, I wasn’t concerned that he would be missing out on iron in his cereal. However, if your baby is exclusively breastfed and is 6 months of age or older, it’s important to make sure they are getting iron from other sources if you are giving them homemade cereal. The good news is there are plenty of other ways to add iron to your baby’s diet as they delve into the world of solid foods!