Thursday, March 31, 2011

Infant Cereal Mix-Ins: Cozy Peach

Nutrition guides recommend feeding fortified infant cereal well into toddlerhood, but for the toddler foodie whose palette has expanded beyond baby mush, cereal can seemboring . Solution: cereal mix-ins. My cereal mix-ins are simple additions to jazz up your little one's cereal that can be stored in your freezer and/or use pantry staples you almost surely already have on hand. Idea #1: Cozy Peach Cereal Mix-In.

You'll need:

2 Bags frozen peaches
1/4 c water
Ice cube trays
Vanilla extract
Milk or non-dairy milk (I use almond)
Infant Cereal (We do best with oatmeal)

The Do-Ahead Part:
Boil the peaches and water for about fifteen minutes, or until peaches have softened. Mash with a potato masher and spoon into ice cube trays (makes about 14 cubes). When the peaches have frozen, pop them out of the trays, and store the cubes in a freezer bag.

At Breakfast:
1. Place one peach cube per child into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds, or until peaches can be broken up and stirred.
2. Add an appropriate amount of infant cereal (We use about 1/3 c per child).
3. Stir in enough milk to achieve desired consistency.
4. Add a couple of drops of vanilla extract.
5. Microwave for approximately 45 seconds, or until cereal is pleasantly warm.

Mmmm. Don't cooked peaches always make you think of cobbler?
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