Maple Almond and Fig Oatmeal with Bananas

I made this oatmeal one night after craving one of my favorite sandwiches. I love almond butter, fig and banana sandwiches. I know it sounds a bit strange but its almost like a fancy peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I picked up maple almond butter at the farmers market and wanted to give it a test drive. As you may know from my site, I do love the taste of maple, which is why I enhanced this oatmeal with maple extract and maple syrup. This recipe is easy, creamy, and not overly sweet. You can easily alter the ingredients for your taste buds or your childs.

Child Friendly Tip: Your child can easily help you measure everything and put in all of the ingredients. They can even choose a different jam if you like or easily substitute the maple almond butter with regular almond butter, peanut butter or toasted soy spread. Go for a ride to the market and get the ingredients together!

Language Concepts: Work on food groups (fruit, grain, dairy), texture, temperature (hot vs. cold), colors (e.g. colors of different jams), problem solving (e.g. “What happens if you add too much liquid?”), opposites (thin vs. thick, hot vs. cold, smooth vs. bumpy), actions, and improving vocabulary. You can even discuss what ingredients are healthy and why. Watch your ingredients turn into a healthy, yummy treat for breakfast!

Here is how I made it:

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1 cup of steel cut oats

3 cups of low fat milk

1 cup of water

1/2 cup of maple almond butter

2-3 tablespoons of fig jam

1 large ripe banana cut up in small pieces

3/4 teaspoon of maple extract

3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 cup of maple syrup (less depending on how sweet you want it)

raisins (optional)

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1. Place all items (except raisins) in slow cooker.

2. Slow cook on low for 3 hours until thick and yummy (stir it once in awhile).

3. When heating up the next day, add a tablespoon or so of water, raisins and microwave until hot.

4. Enjoy!
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