The healthiest zero waste breakfast for toddlers

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I have been making this breakfast for my little one since he was about nine-months-old and he has happily gobbled it up every morning.

We’re currently coming out of a pretty fussy period food-wise, particularly around vegetables, but for some reason the fussiness hasn’t extended to breakfast.

I’ve occasionally resorted to grating in some carrots or sprinkling in some cooled, steamed broccoli florets into this breakfast just to up his daily veggie quota, but thankfully the fussiness seems to be abating.

Here is my guaranteed-to-always-be-eaten zero waste breakfast for toddlers. Of course, it doesn’t just have to be for toddlers. I have a similar concoction myself most mornings.

You can mix up the ingredients a little to please yourself. Sometimes I add berries or chopped banana on top or sometimes I just serve it plain. And depending on what’s in the pantry I may also add pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut and/or buckwheat puffs.

Ingredients

½ or ¾ cup rolled oats (depending on your little one’s appetite)

¼ cup buckwheat groats

1 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp ground linseeds

1 tbsp ground almonds

½ tbsp ground walnuts

½ cup milk (cow’s, soy or plant-based depending on your preference)

1 tbsp of unflavoured natural or Greek yoghurt (if desired)

Dash of cinnamon

Method

Soak the buckwheat groats in filtered water and the oats in milk separately overnight.

Drain the water from the groats the next morning and give them a rinse.

Combine the oats, groats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, linseeds, almonds, walnuts, yoghurt and cinnamon in a bowl.

Add extra milk to achieve the desired consistency and give it a good mix. I don’t make it too runny so that my son can feed himself without too much mess.

Speedy mama tip: You can combine the oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, linseeds, almonds, walnuts, yoghurt and cinnamon in a bowl for soaking the night before if you’ll be pressed for time in the morning.

Waste-o-metre

All the ingredients I use are certified organic and are sourced in bulk from Source Bulk Foods, which means zero packaging.

Before I started living zero waste I used to make up a similar breakfast for myself using individually packaged oats, chia seeds, linseeds, etc from the supermarket… so many plastic packaging bags (hand meet forehead, slap).