Since I've welcomed a little human into my life I'm all about making meals quick and easy as well as suitable for the whole family. Our daughter has started eating solids now which is a time when a lot of people can feel overwhelmed about choosing what foods to make and how to prepare it. If you're in that boat or simply just looking for a healthy and quick meal to start your day with, I've come up with the perfect breakfast that is suitable for everyone from 6 months and up!
Why it is so good:
- high in fibre and slow-release carbohydrates
- packed with healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acids and other polyunsaturated fats
- overnight soaking helps ease digestion (especially for baby/young children)
- takes less than 5 minutes to make
- low in allergens (free from nuts, can be gluten and dairy-free)
- addition of rooibos-soaked prunes provides soluble fibre and antioxidants
- babies love it!
Makes 6 to 8 adult-sized serves
2 cups rolled oats (choose gluten-free oats if gluten intolerant)
5 tablespoons chia seeds
3 tablespoons linseeds/flaxseeds (this can also be grinded if desired)
3 cups liquid (choose from water/almond milk/oat milk/rice milk)
2 grated fresh pears with skin on
Soak all ingredients in one large container covered in the fridge for 4 hours or more. This is ideal to do before you go to sleep to have ready the next morning. Once served, store the rest for baby by freezing portions in ice cube trays. To prepare baby's breakfast remove from freezer the night before and allow to defrost in fridge over night. See below for serving suggestions.
Serving suggestions for adults:
Enjoy cold. Add yoghurt and top with fruit.
Warm in small pot over medium heat, add mashed banana and blueberries. Top with a small amount of butter and drizzle with honey.
Serving suggestions for baby:
Soak dried prunes in cooled strong rooibos tea for more than 8 hours and add 1-2 prunes plus the juice. To increase caloric and fluid content add breastmilk or formula. This can also help baby "chew" and swallow the food better.
Do you have a family-friendly breakfast favourite? Why not upload your creations to instagram and/or facebook and tag me - @lizannemarrdietitian.