If you’re looking for quick and easy ways to squeeze more vegetables into your kids’ foods, you’ll love this Zucchini Oatmeal, which is super packed with protein and all the essential nutrients for our little ones – and it’s fit for adults, too! Who doesn’t love oatmeal?
Luca’s Zucchini Oatmeal Bowls
Luca wasn’t always into oatmeal, but once he got into it, he’s been an oatmeal fanatic ever since. When he was going through a little vegetable strike, I started adding vegetables to all of his favorite foods (I literally stirred mashed carrot into his almond butter – I’m that mom!) When I tried it in his oatmeal and gobbled up the entire adult portion oatmeal bowl, I knew I had a winner – and now I’m sharing it with you all!
The key to this oatmeal bowl is to get the consistency right. Toddlers especially have issues with different consistencies, so I try to keep it the same every time. I’ve noted this in the recipe instructions, but if your oatmeal comes out too wet, be patient, it may thicken up a bit and if it doesn’t, once you add in almond butter, it’ll thicken up quickly. So, just remember you are still adding in almond butter. Thus, if you have the opposite problem and the oatmeal is too sticky and chunky, add some splashes of milk (whatever milk you serve your little one) until you get your desired consistency (keeping in mind, you will be adding almond butter, so it needs to be a little moist.)
If you want to serve this a bit deconstructed, serve the berries on the side, instead of mixed together. This is also for babies who might not have taken to oatmeal yet and need some familiar foods (fruits, in this case) to get them going!
You’ll be so surprised at how quickly this comes together and how simple it is! You’ll be kicking yourself thinking, “why haven’t I tried this already?” And for those mamas with super picky little ones, this may put your heart at ease knowing that at least they’re eating some zucchini first thing in the morning!