Nutritious, filling and easy, oatmeal is the perfect breakfast for a busy toddler (and big kids too!). These oatmeal recipes for toddlers use large flake oats or steel cut oat for added nutrition.
As a pediatric dietitian and mom of 3, I’m asked all the time: “what do you feed your toddler and big kids for breakfast?”
Oatmeal is always at the top of my list. Nutritious, filling and easy, oatmeal is the perfect breakfast for a busy toddler. Oats are high in soluble fibre- a type of fibre that keeps you fuller longer, naturally decreases your cholesterol levels and stabilizes your blood sugar levels. Oatmeal offers energy to start your day, and staying power, keeping you fuller longer. Oats are a great source of thiamine, iron, certain anti-oxidants and dietary fibre.
A few helpful notes about these breakfast oatmeal recipes:
Tip #1: Choose large flake or steel cut oats
When you are choosing oats in the grocery store, there are several varieties to choose from. I usually choose large flake oats (old-fashioned rolled oats) or steel-cut oats (which take longer to cook) instead of instant or quick oats. Large flake or steel cut oats are less refined and processed, are lower on the Glycemic Index (are digested slower) and have a grainier texture (which I like) as compared to quick and instant, which cook quicker and produce a smoother, thicker texture. Be careful with instant oats packages which often contain added sugars/sweeteners, hydrogenated oils and other additives.
Tip#2: Cook oats in the microwave using a tall bowl
I’ve made these recipes with busy Moms in mind, so most of them (with the exception of #5) can be cooked in the microwave. You can also cook oats on the stovetop (works well for bigger batches and if you’re using steel-cut oats). When you cook in the microwave, make sure to use a tall microwave-safe bowl or dish so that your oatmeal doesn’t come pouring over the sides as it cooks.
Tip #3: Use milk or coconut milk to make oats creamy and delicious!
I’ve given the option of using milk, a milk alternative or water in most of the recipes. I choose milk or coconut milk most of the time, because it makes for a creamier oatmeal. Water, soy milk, almond milk or any other milk work too. I’ve kept these recipes fairly simple, but feel free to add extra ingredients like chia, hemp or flax for an extra boost of fibre. Tasty oatmeal toppings are key!
Here are five of my favourite oatmeal recipes for toddlers (I used large flake oats for all recipes):
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