Warming Seed and Fruit Oatmeal
By Danielle Shea-Tan, MS, CHHC
Functional Family Nutritionist
A warming bowl of oatmeal transformed into a powerhouse of nutrition to help your family tackle the day with energy and vibrance.
It’s time to kick off your morning routine with a modernized bowl of oatmeal! Danielle’s recipe transforms the standard oatmeal into a nutritious power meal through the addition of hemp, chia and cinnamon. Hemp seeds are the star of this meal! With a slightly nutty flavor (yet completely nut-free), hemp seeds contain the perfect balance of protein, fiber and healthy fats, specifically omega-3 fats. Research shows omega-3 fats lower inflammation, increase arterial flexibility, reduce the risk of blood clots and slow the growth of plaques in your blood vessels. Kids and adults need plentiful doses of omega-3 fats to ensure a healthy heart and brain!
Warming Seed and Fruit Oatmeal
2 ½ cups
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1-2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup (more to taste)
- 2 - 2 1/4 cups boiling water
Optional toppings for toddlers:
Frozen blueberries, raisins, coconut flakes
Optional toppings for grown-ups:
Sliced almonds, pecans or walnuts, berries, coconut flakes
- In a medium bowl, mix all dry ingredients well.
- Mix in maple syrup and 2 cups of boiling water. Cover bowl completely with plate. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add more water to reach desired texture.
- Let cool before serving children.
If serving nuts to children between the ages of 1 and 4, please supervise closely to avoid choking hazard. Ideally, any nuts served to this age group should be crushed or in very small, easy to chew pieces.
For the ages
Chia seeds make this oatmeal sticky enough to stay on your baby’s tiny spoon or in your baby’s hands making for a fun breakfast experience.
Serve dime-sized dollops of oatmeal in a Tiny Bowl for little ones to eat with the Tiny Spoon or their hands. Let your baby eat as much as he wants, adding more dollops to the bowl as needed.
Unlike boxed baby cereal, this oatmeal recipe naturally provides your baby with iron, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin E!
Pureed oatmeal mixture, filtered water or breast milk
Use an immersion blender or stand-up blender to puree oatmeal and your preferred liquid to the appropriate consistency for your baby.
Serve this nutritious oatmeal alongside toppings designed for little hands and let your toddler feel like a chef!
Oatmeal mixture, raisins (optional), coconut flakes (optional)
Serve oatmeal with or without optional toppings in the happy bowl with a toddler size spoon. Allow your toddler to feed himself with his spoon or hands. Let your toddler eat as much or as little as he wants, adding more oatmeal (2 Tbs. at a time) to the happy bowl as needed.
Use this energizing bowl of oatmeal to get you through a long day by customizing it to perfection with your favorite toppings.
Oatmeal mixture, raisins (optional), coconut flakes (optional), crushed pecans or walnuts (optional)
Keep oatmeal warming in your oven until you are ready to eat.
Danielle is passionate about helping families ditch processed foods and start making real, wholesome food that is both simple and delicious. She blows our minds with fascinating "nutritional nuggets" about foods and herbs. Danielle also recently wrote a book called "52 Small Changes for the Family," an inspiring guide that helps families make one small change each week to improve their overall happiness and health. You can learn more about Danielle at HealthyMamas.com.