Full of fresh strawberries, chia seeds, oats and a hint of honey, this fast and easy Strawberry + Chia Seed Oatmeal will fuel your little one all day long. Not to mention the sweet condensed strawberry puree is heaven disguised as breakfast and the kiddos will be licking their spoons and asking for seconds in the matter of minutes!
It's Friday!!!... the Friday after the first week of school... what time can I safely poor myself a glass of wine??
It has been a long week and no joke, I now totally get what all the back to school stress is about! The stress is real! It is there and I can feel it under my eyes.
The day starts with crazy insane mornings - getting breakfast ready, lunches ready, kids dressed, teeth brushed, hair de-tangled and pulled into a lopsided pony tail. Not to mention, I need to get dressed, teeth brushed, hair de-tanged and pulled into a lopsided pony tail.
Then getting both girls out the door so we can walk to Ellie's school - thank goodness it's only 5 blocks away!
Signing her in, unpacking her lunch and snacks, making sure she doesn't steal another kid's snack (it's been known to happen all ready) on the way to group circle, balancing Parker on my hip while Ellie clings to my leg and won't let me leave, walking her to her first activity which is recess (HA!!!), and finally sneaking away so she doesn't have a meltdown at my departure.
All of that and it's only 8:37!
I am beat!
It's time for another cup (or two) of coffee!
Besides the marathon mornings, the afternoons are just as bad. We get home, Ellie is exhausted, cranky and just not herself. She is on school overload and I am tempted to put her to bed at 5 o'clock.
And it's only week one!!! Please someone tell me that it gets easier!!
Midway through this week, I knew I needed a breakfast for Ellie that would be both delicious and filling for her and easy and quick for me to make.
This Strawberry + Chia Seed Oatmeal gets a HUGE gold star!
Using my Beaba Babycook, I can get this oatmeal prepped while my espresso machine warms up, less then 3 minutes, I push the start button and then continue on with the morning chaos - all while this breakfast cooks itself! In less then 20 minutes, this oatmeal is on the table, leaving plenty of time for the girls to eat before I have to drag them out of the house and off to school.
Made with 2 cups of fresh sweet strawberries, omega rich chia seeds, filling oats and a drizzle of honey, this oatmeal really hits the taste spot. I like to drizzle mine with some cream so I can reminisce about the packaged strawberry and cream oatmeal I devoured when I was a kid <---- don't you judge. I know you love it just as much!
You can also add some brown sugar, chopped almonds, sliced peaches, flax seeds, raisins, dried cherries or whatever you like in your oatmeal. The more the better when it comes to oatmeal, in my opinion.
Not to mention, you can totally warm the left overs later in the week, place in a kid size thermos and pack it for an easy and colorful school lunch.
Two meals for One = Double Gold Star
Now... where is my wine glass..............
Easy Strawberry + Chia Seed Oatmeal
2 cups strawberries, hulled
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tbsp honey*
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup oats
1 pinch chia seeds, for garnish
1 tbsp milk or cream, for garnish
Instructions using Beaba's Babycook Pro
1. Fill one basket with the strawberries. Using the measuring bowl, fill the correlating heating tank to a level 2 with water.
2. Fill the grain insert with oats and 3/4 cup water. Using the measuring bowl, fill the correlating heating tank to a level 3 with water.
3. Lock both bowls in place and turn babycook on.
4. Run steam cycle for both baskets.
5. Discard strawberry cooking juices and transfer contacts to blender, adding the honey and vanilla, and puree with 2-3 second bursts until you reach your desired consistency.
6. Stir the oatmeal and puree if needed.
7. In two bowls, layer the strawberry puree and oatmeal in alternating layers. Sprinkle with chia seeds and drizzle with cream and serve.
Instructions for Regular Cook Method
1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add oats and reduce heat to simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes until liquid is gone and oats are cooked.
2. In a medium saucepan, over medium-low heat, place the strawberries and 2 tablespoons water, let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the strawberries to a blender or food processor, add honey and chia seeds and puree in short bursts until you reach your desired consistency.
3. Stir oats and puree if needed.
4. In two bowls, layer the strawberry puree and oatmeal in alternating layers. Sprinkle with chia seeds and drizzle with cream and serve.
Age: from 6 months and up
Yield: 2 small servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Storage: store in an air-tight container in fridge for 2 days or in freezer for 1 month. These are one of our favorite freezer storage trays.
*omit honey if you are serving this to a baby under 1 year of age, as honey can cause botulism.
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Disclaimer - Beaba sent me the babycook pro 2x and grain insert to try out for free. I did not receive any monetization for this posts. All thoughts and opinions about this product are my own.