I’d like to share with you a recipe that has become a staple in my house.

I love to make porridge in the morning as it is quick and offers energy that is slowly released during the morning. It is a perfect food for kids, as oats contain a good amount of protein (17g protein per 100g oats), healthy carbs and fiber, which keep blood sugar levels stable (no hyperactive kids, but kids that can play and concentrate for a long time!)

picture Dominika Montonen-Koivisto

The truth about fats

I have dedicated many posts (here, here and here) on fat and its role for our health and wellbeing.

When we prepare food for our children, especially babies and toddlers, we need to remember that they need more fat. The type of fat we offer them is equally important.

To further boost the nutrition and amount of healthy fats and proteins in this recipe, I like to add pure almond butter, which is a good source of protein, fats and calcium, and hemp seeds, which are also rich in healthy fats and a complete protein. Hemp seeds additionally are a source of iron, which makes them even more attractive to add into your child’s menu, as children need more iron.

To increase iron absorption I add some fresh berries for that vitamin C boost.

Picture by Dominika Montonen-Koivisto

The recipe is very simple and quick and it also makes great leftovers!

Healthy Oatmeal

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 80g organic, gluten-free oats
  • 200ml fortified plant milk
  • water to add as the oatmeal thickens
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp almond butter
  • 2 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • handful of fresh berries


  1. Add some milk and the oats to a pot and heat them up, stirring frequently.
  2. Add more milk/water as the oats thicken. Stir often to avoid them sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  3. Add the cinnamon and once the oats have cooked and become creamy, remove from the heat.
  4. Add the mashed banana to the oatmeal, mix and serve into bowls.
  5. Top up the oatmeal with almond butter, hemp seeds and berries.

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