Fruity Oatmeal Mix-Ins

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Some mornings I get sick and tired of preparing food for my children. The freezer’s saved my butt on several occasions, especially when the girls wake up earlier than expected. Since I started our breakfast plan, I have made crepes, muffins, egg breakfast cups, and more to put in the freezer and take a lot of work out of my morning routine. But I feel like the most revolutionary of them all has been the fruity oatmeal mix-ins. I am beyond thrilled to share them with you today!

Adding these fruit purees and sauces to your child's oatmeal will boost the nutrition and the flavor!

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Fruity Oatmeal

I absolutely love this idea for a quick and delicious oatmeal option for my girls. What I’ve been doing is making fruit purees and sauces that I can freeze in my Mumi&Bubi freezer trays* (which I reviewed in this post about a baby food freezer cooking day). I just add a cube to each girl’s oatmeal in the morning and mix in.

The sky is the limit with these fruity mix-ins for your oatmeal. Many of these recipes contain honey, so if you are feeding them to a child younger than one, please leave it out since honey can be fatal to a baby’s life. In all of these sauces and purees, you can probably leave out the sugar or cut it down if you’d like.

Strawberry Sauce

Fruity oatmeal mix-ins are so easy to use. Just add these fruit purees and sauces to your child's oatmeal to boost the nutrition and the flavor!

Adapted from Our Best Bites

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
4 c. sliced strawberries (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
2 tsp. vanilla

Put all ingredients into a medium saucepan and simmer over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to stir constantly for 5 minutes. Let cool and puree with immersion blender or in the blender. If you want it chunky, just don’t puree it.

Makes approximately 30 oz. of strawberry sauce

Blueberry Puree

Fruity oatmeal mix-ins are so easy to use. Just add these fruit purees and sauces to your child's oatmeal to boost the nutrition and the flavor!

Adapted from One Hungry Mama

1 cup blueberries (if frozen, thawed)
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 T. honey
2 T. water
Pinch of cinnamon

Puree all ingredients in a blender.

Makes somewhere around 9 oz. of blueberry puree.

Cherry Puree

Fruity oatmeal mix-ins are so easy to use. Just add these fruit purees and sauces to your child's oatmeal to boost the nutrition and the flavor! Adapted from What’s Cooking America

12 oz. bag frozen cherries (pitted), thawed
1 T. honey
1/2 T. lemon juice
2 T. water

Add all ingredients to a blender and puree.

Makes about 13 oz. of cherry puree.

I was impatient when I made this, so I didn’t quite thaw the cherries. However, since I was planning to put them back into the freezer after pureeing, it was probably better that way. Once something has been thawed, it really shouldn’t go back into the freezer.

Crockpot Cinnamon & Raisin Applesauce

Fruity oatmeal mix-ins are so easy to use. Just add these fruit purees and sauces to your child's oatmeal to boost the nutrition and the flavor! Adapted from two recipes from The Frugal Girls and the book Baby Love*

6-7 apples (Gala is what I used)
1/3 cup water
1-2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. sugar (optional)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup raisins

Peel and chop apples. Throw everything into a crockpot and turn on low for 4 hours. Puree or leave chunky.

Makes nearly 30 oz. of applesauce.

How to Use Fruity Oatmeal Mix-Ins

Are you excited yet?? These will definitely boost the flavor of your child’s oatmeal and easily add more fruit to their diet.

To use these fruity oatmeal mix-ins, I start by making my child’s oatmeal either in the microwave or on the stove. Then I get out a couple of fruity mix-ins (usually just one cube per child, or 3 cubes if you’re making a large batch on the stove) from the freezer and pop them in the oatmeal. I add the cubes to the oatmeal the last few seconds in the microwave or the last minute or so if making the stovetop oatmeal. You could also just put the cubes in a small saucepan over medium low heat and melt them. Most of the time I also add half a mashed banana to the oatmeal and sauce.

I think the best way to make these mix-ins affordable as well as the most flavorful is to make them as the fruit comes in season and goes down in price. As summer wears on and turns into fall, I plan to try peach, plum, and pumpkin puree. I think using fresh fruits is best, but sometimes it’s okay to use frozen to make these (like I did for both the blueberry and cherry purees).

If you don’t want to freeze the sauce or puree, use it for other purposes such as on top of pancakes, mixed in with yogurt, or on top of ice cream.

Make a couple batches of these yummy sauces and purees for your baby or toddler, and you won’t have to work too hard to get breakfast on the table. Your child won’t even realize they are eating fruit!

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Charlee

I'm a mom of 3 on a journey to feed my family nourishing foods. Personally, I believe that you can feed your family healthy, delicious meals without spending a fortune or slaving away in the kitchen.

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