I am feeling really good about this thing we have here. You know, you and me…getting to know each other better. As we continue to become best friends! Did I totally freak you out? Sorry, I tend to get carried away…
Fun fact #2 about me is I am a new mom…as long as you consider being almost a year in to this role “new”. Each day is a learning experience, but when you get to wake up to this guy every day I am renewed with strength to face each battle. I mean look at him…isn’t he the cutest?
He looks a lot like my husband, which is a good thing, but there is one trait he definitely got from me…his appetite.
My son gets hangry. What’s hangry you ask? Well according to webster’s dictionary it’s a state of anger due to the lack of food. I get hangry too and it is my motherly duty each day to satiate the appetite of not just myself but of our little Lew with wholesome food packed with flavor! That’s why we start our day with a nutritious breakfast…
Imagine the scene, it’s 7:25am and you just had the best night’s sleep of your life. Your covers envelope your body with their cushiony, soft feathers and you are relaxed beyond belief. Then all of a sudden you realize it’s been five minutes and the little prince sleeping next door is awakening with a shrill shriek of HANGER disrupting your relaxation. Ok mama…time to get to work…let’s do this!
This recipe is pretty basic so lucky for you, this really won’t be much work at all. All you’ll need are apples, rolled oats, water, and cinnamon. Bahda Bing, Bahda Boom! Done!
Bring the water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. While you’re waiting peel, core and grate the apples using the large holes of a box grater.
Once the water is boiling, add the apple, oats and cinnamon into the pool. Now all we have to do is wait for it to thicken to our desired consistency. This is about the point where Lew’s hanger pains kick into gear. As you may have guessed, he hasn’t really embraced the “patience is a virtue” lesson yet but let’s be honest…has anyone really done that?
After 7-10 minutes, your oatmeal should look like this. Those hangry cries are coming to an end…just hang in there!
Serve a dollop or two and add a small sprinkle of cinnamon on top to make it pretty…and appetizing. I mean you did make him wait like forever to eat his dinner. Seriously!
Oatmeal is one of those foods for kids (as well as adults) that can be served with a variety of different mix ins. We’ve mixed in with bananas, blueberries, peaches, [roasted golden beets and apricots] even chocolate (oh yeah baby!) Whatever the mix in you desire you can rest assured that this recipe will satiate any hangry child within arm’s reach.
Do you ever get Hangry? I do. In fact I’m feeling a bit hangry myself right now…please excuse me while I get a [blueberry lemon scone].
- 1 sweet apple such as McIntosh or Gala
- 1 cup Old Fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Peel and core the apple. Using the large holes on a box grater, shred the apple and set aside.
- In a saucepan over high heat bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Stir in the oats, shredded apple, and cinnamon.
- Return the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low or until the mixture simmers.
- Simmer until the oatmeal begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let the oatmeal stand until thick and creamy. This will take about 10 minutes or so.
- Adjust the thickness of the oatmeal to a consistency your baby can handle by adding more water, breast milk or formula. Let cool.
- This makes about 2 cups of oatmeal. If you have leftovers you can store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you want to refresh the oatmeal, just a few tablespoons of warm water.