This is a Seriously Good Grain-Free Oatmeal
Unfortunately, I have a son who does not like fruit. Unimaginable, right?! Usually children don’t like vegetables, but NO, he doesn’t like bananas, apples, pears, etc… What can I give him for nourishment that is a good grain-free oatmeal? So one day, by accident, I discover a very useful trick!
I call this oatmeal because it replaces our morning grain oatmeal and has a similar texture. We periodically take a break from soaked grains to keep our guts clear. So by default, I grabbed the fruit on the counter, knowing one son would not eat it a la cart and decide to blend it up, and add seeds to give an oatmeal-ly texture. With this breakfast recipe, no one is missing the grain and we enjoy the simple goodness of fresh fruits. Note: seeds need to be soaked overnight, so prepare the night before. This was implemented for 2nd time.
It turns out to be a really good grain-free oatmeal. Here’s how:
This Serves 4-5
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon (we like this stomach-soothing spice, but use 1 tsp if too strong for you)
1/2 cup raisins (boiled in 1/2 cup of filtered water for 5 minutes)
2-4 tbsp of chia and flax seed (put equal amounts of chia and flax seeds in a mug and cover with filtered water; put cellophane on top of the mug and soak in refrigerator over night) Flax oil is also an option [see this] and search flax seed or oil
1/4 cup homemade almond milk (optional)
Strain out the sweet water from the raisins and add the water to the blender. There should be 1/4 cup of water remaining after absorption and evaporation. Save the raisins for later to decorate each dish when serving. When blending, if its not rotating enough, simply add a few TBSP of filtered water. Put all other ingredients in your blender and mix. Blendtech has a “sauce” setting that works perfect for this recipe. When “oatmeal” consistency, place in serving bowl or bowls. Sprinkle with cinnamon and raisins. It tastes and even looks like a good grain-free oatmeal.
Be creative and make smiley faces with the raisins to start the day with a smile. In this photo my son wanted a mountain of raisins!
Tips: This makes a very nice baby food for new eaters. You can also change the recipe; use sunflower, pumpkin butter oil and other nutrient-dense seeds/oils. Also consider adding a bit of kales or spinach.
Serve and enjoy! May you continue Fostering Nutrition for you and your loved ones.