It is back to school time in my household. I have been quiet on here because my mind is elsewhere! I have been busy getting my boys and myself ready for school. No, I am not going back to school. I now have a second grader and a kindergartener. My baby is going to be in kindergarten ALL DAY. I am freaking out a little bit. I took him to drop off his school supplies yesterday and meet his teacher. He is beyond ready for school but mama is not so ready. Ok, YES I am ready for them to be back in the school routine. We have had a lot of togetherness lately. It is that time of year when we start craving structure. But when I look at the picture I took of my kindergartner at school yesterday, I long for the days he was at home with me all day. I am sure I will get over these feelings when I start to see how much I can accomplish with the boys at school!
Since it is back to school time, I thought I would share a recipe with you that I make quite often for my boys. I was that mom who made all of her baby food. I was very leery of giving my boys processed baby food. I am NOT dissing any mom who buys baby food, by any means! I found making my food to be WAY cheaper and it was very easy. Plus, my youngest got really sick on processed sweet potatoes (on more than one occasion) but tolerated a baked sweet potato with no issues. Basically, I liked knowing what exactly was in my boys’ baby food and I liked saving all of that money! Jarred food is expensive! When my kids started eating oatmeal, I quickly looked for recipes to make my own oatmeal packets. If you like this recipe, I suggest making them ahead of time in baggies!
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 1 tablespoon ground oats (Pulse some oats in your food processor to make a flour of sort. I grind up a bunch at once and keep it in an airtight container.)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-2 tablespoons of chopped dehydrated apples
- 3/4 cup of your preferred milk (I prefer to make my oatmeal with milk. It turns out fluffier.)
Mix all of the ingredients together in a microwave safe bowl- please do not use plastic. Yuck. I know I should stop using the microwave but in this point of my life, it is convenient. So if you use a microwave, please do not heat anything in plastic containers. Heat for 3 minutes. I am guessing you could cook this recipe on the stove top and now that I mention it, I will try it out as an experiment! I would prefer to ditch my microwave completely. Here is the finished product. My oldest LOVES this recipe! Ok so this picture looks kind of bland but does oatmeal ever look pretty? Not really.
I make a few variations of this oatmeal recipe. The basics are the oats, ground oats (that is your thickening agent), sugar and milk. Get creative with your add ins! My youngest likes blueberries in his oatmeal. The above recipe could easily be changed by adding dried cranberries or raisins instead of the dehydrated apples. Or you could add the cranberries and raisins in with the apples! If you have any similar oatmeal recipes, I would LOVE for you to share them with me! Feel free to also share any other similar homemade recipes you make for your family!
Edited to add: if I were making this recipe for myself, I would probably omit the added sugar. It is a low amount, especially compared to the store bought packets. If you are not into adding sugar to your oatmeal, by all means leave it out. The cinnamon and dehydrated apples will add sweetness if you need it.