Halloween Oatmeal

Happy Halloween! Bo and I decided to scare you with pictures of an 11 month old trying to eat pumpkin spice oatmeal on his own. Oh, the mess. It’s scary.


In truth, it’s been awhile since I’ve rambled on about Bo’s eating habits. Let’s just say, we’ve got a growing Bo on our hands. He will eat anything and he eats, and eats, and eats. Seriously, I’m beginning to wonder if he ever gets full.

Bo has been enjoying a bit of whatever we are having for dinner each evening, along with an extra veggie and fruit. He likes pasta, chicken, chicken pot pie, soup, chili. You name it, he’ll eat it. 🙂 Pasta seems to be the hands down favorite thus far. I always make the whole wheat kind at home.

For lunch, he usually has yogurt, fruit, a veggie, and some whole grain crackers.

Veggies he currently enjoys: mashed squash, mashed sweet potato, chopped broccoli, peas, diced carrots, corn, beans, etc.

Fruits he currently enjoys: banana, plum, melon, grapes (cut up, of course), apple slices, berries, kiwi, etc.

We started oatmeal for breakfast at around 10 months. I’m not a fan of all of the added sugar** in the instant packets of flavored oatmeal so I’ve been experimenting with different ways to make traditional oats more flavorful. This week’s concoction is “Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal”. I just added about a 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spice to regular oats. He also enjoys “Plum Good Oatmeal” – add chopped plums. “Banana Bread Oatmeal” – add mashed banana and nutmeg. “Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal” – add applesauce and cinnamon. Any other ideas??

I’m gradually trying to introduce spices so that Bo will recognize the flavors and appreciate that everything doesn’t have to be “plain.”

**I’m not anti all sugar. He does get treats and he will have a full-sugar cupcake on his birthday. Lots of times he tries my weekly baking experiment. I’m not a sugar Nazi, but I just don’t see the point of that much sugar for breakfast.

5 thoughts on “Halloween Oatmeal

  1. you lucky girl…my 2 1/2 year old eats NOTHING these days…sigh. at least he likes the tri-colored rotini pasta. and he does still eat fruits and veggies… i might attempt your oatmeal, though, because he likes pumpkin muffins, so there you go! 🙂

  2. [email protected]: a food blog on said:

    That’s messy, but fun!

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