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Monday, December 7, 2015

Yogurt Muesli for Baby

This is as easy as it gets. Mix oats and yogurt. That's it!

Yet the benefits of this baby-pleasing recipe are big. First yogurt is a gentle, nutritious food that infants can enjoy and then continue to enjoy as toddlers. Not all yogurt has the same value of course. Look for as little sugar as possible. Greek yogurt is better with more protein. My new favorite is a Friendly Farms whole milk vanilla yogurt that our local Aldi's recently added to their dairy section. If you can make your own yogurt from raw milk, that's probably as good as it gets nutritionally.

So, low-sugar yogurt is healthy and most babies love it, right? Also the old fashioned rolled oats are packed with goodness. But as I've been learning from Nourishing Traditions, grains have anti-nutrients too. The way to have the good stuff without the hard-to-digest stuff is to soak the grains in something acidic - like yogurt!

Make this Yogurt Muesli the night before as a breakfast or have it in the fridge for an anytime snack.


YOGURT MUESLI 
1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 
Cover and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours. Top with fruit if desired. 


My whole family enjoys this one for breakfast about every couple weeks. Maybe you or your baby will love it too. Please let me know either way.




For those who are familiar with soaked or fermented grains, I'd like to have your opinion on this. I suspect that the Yogurt Muesli breaks down the anti-nutrients some, while not as much as soaked or even fermented grains. Thoughts?


4 comments:

  1. I think it's a time experiment. Less whey (acid)needs more soaking time for more breakdown? That lovely wheat mill in my kitchen is gathering dust; we none of us need another chore to do. So that my bucket of wheat won't go bad, I soak it w/ all of the poured off whey. Wheat is much denser than rolled oats (8-12 hour soak over here) & if I've just made a batch of yogurt I don't even clean the crockpot, just add the poured off whey w/ water & soak the wheat berries on the counter for 24 hours. Sometimes 12, but some soaking is better than no soaking. I would do steel cut oats the same if I bought them.

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    1. Thank you! Makes sense that the soaking time would vary. I'm looking forward to learning more about soaking grains.

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  2. We make something similar and have it every day. We put oatmeal, yogurt, milk, and flax in jelly jars. We make enough for a week and have it handy on the door of the refrigerator.

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    1. Oh, wonderful. That's my kind of snack. Thanks for sharing!

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