Variety is the spice of life…or something like that… I like routine and going with what works. If the kids enjoy a meal, I’m going to make it enough times that they eventually tell me that they can’t stand it. They may not admit that they enjoy trying new things but, the truth is, they need a change up every so often! This is especially true when it comes to breakfast. Eggs are the base for almost every breakfast in our house and I am forced to come up with new ways to get them eating the eggs without them eating plain eggs.
Go check out my blog post (Feeding My Little Omnivores) to see how I’m dealing with the struggles of mealtime.
Thanks to a comment on my Autumn Spice No-oatmeal, I’ve been playing with a “strawberries & cream” version and the kids have given me their input. On one attempt, my 2nd child said “I like it but I wish there weren’t nuts in it.”. Nuts..gone.. The result? Pretty much perfect!
This stuff is good enough to be dessert!! The leftovers often disappear in random fridge raids (looking your way darling husband!) and it’s as good cold as it is hot! The kids love topping it with fresh strawberries and chocolate chips. (yes, chocolate for breakfast..their favourite!)
I will make this version of no-oatmeal for a little while and then it will be time to start experimenting with new flavours. For now, I will enjoy that all of the kids are emptying their bowls of strawberries & cream no-oatmeal.
Nut and Dairy Free Strawberries & Cream No-oatmeal
Makes 6 large servings
1 large banana, mashed
1 14oz can full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup organic apple butter (apple sauce will work as well)
1 tablespoon maple syrup (*optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whole strawberries (frozen or fresh)
In a large pot, whisk together mashed banana, eggs, coconut milk, coconut, apple butter, and vanilla. Stir in strawberries.
Cook over medium heat and stir frequently. As the strawberries begin to soften, mash them to your desired size/consistency. Let the no-oatmeal thicken to a porridge consistency (approximately 10-15 minutes). Top with additional fresh strawberries, coconut, almonds, maple syrup, or coconut milk.
This recipe will keep for up to a week in the fridge.
No Coconut? Replace coconut milk with almond milk and omit the shredded coconut.
No Strawberries? Replace strawberries with any berry you like or chopped apples.