Lately I have been taking on the challenge of including vegetables at every meal. I believe that some produce is versatile enough to be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Cauliflower most definitely falls into that category. I have been on this cauliflower puree kick for a few months now and I’m just getting started. I have been using this puree creatively in many different ways but my favourite one is adding it into oatmeal or baby cereals.
Before you write me off as insane, hear me out. Pureed cauliflower added into our babies and toddler’s cereal is a game changer. It makes it so incredibly smooth and creamy and this way, we are able to reduce some of that grain action and trade it up for some essential nutrients. Cauliflower is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is a low calorie vegetable that is especially high in both fibre and Vitamin C.
I never meant to “hide it” from my daughter although she is only 15 months old and doesn’t really know the difference between food and a rock yet…..but yes, my intention wasn’t to be sneaky-it was to be creative. And that creativity honestly led me to a new morning staple. She absolutely loves it. I have received messages from many parents of the pickiest toddlers thanking me for this idea. It’s creative and can be the sneakiest of sneaky if need be-it’s been proven.
So first things first, we need to prepare the puree. To do this we want to steam (or boil) half a head of cauliflower (or a full head and use it in other ways beyond baby cereal additions).
- Break up your cauliflower into large florets and let them soften through with a good steam or boil.
- Once your cauliflower is nice and soft, strain it (but save the water) and place it in a food processor or a blender. Add a tiny little bit of the steam water and blend. If the cauliflower isn’t fully blending, keep adding water in very small amounts until everything is creamy, dreamy, and smooth.
- Scoop the puree out into a glass air-tight container and use it creatively. Do not season it with anything yet. We want to keep it inviting for all sweet and savoury possibilities.
The puree should keep for 4 days in the fridge. If you find you have too much and won’t be able to use it all up, freeze the puree in ice cube tray portions. Those would be awesome to add into smoothies or to thaw and use for anything, of course.
To add it into oatmeal, see below for the recipe. If you are interested in adding it to homemade oatmeal, check out that recipe on the Love Child Organics website [here]. If you want to use some as a mashed potato, add some full fat butter, garlic powder, salt, and pepper just before serving. Tip: This tastes fabulous with eggs.
It is best to blend the cauliflower shortly after steaming it but you can blend it the following day if you wish. Should you choose to blend your vegetable hours later or the next day, I highly recommend reheating the cauliflower first. Working with it cold may result in adding more liquid than necessary and your puree could end up way too watery.
Love Child Organics Baby/Toddler Cereal with Cauliflower
- 2 Tbsp. Love Child Organics cereal of your choice
- 2 Tbsp. cauliflower puree
- 1 Tsp. coconut oil (recommended but not necessary)
- ½ Tsp. ground cinnamon
- 6 Tbsp. hot water/breastmilk/formula
- ¼ cup produce (fresh or dried fruit and/or vegetables such as sweet potato, squash, beets, carrot, zucchini)
- 1 Tbsp. hemp hearts
- 1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/8-1/4 Tsp. blackstrap molasses (fabulous all natural sweetener option and it’s high in iron)
- Place the baby cereal in a bowl with the cauliflower puree, coconut oil, and cinnamon.
- Add the hot/warm liquid of choice and stir everything together. The warmth of the liquid should melt the coconut oil and allow everything to blend together perfectly.
- Add in whatever other ingredients you wish.
This post is sponsored by Love Child Organics. I have been compensated both monetarily and with product however all statements and thoughts expressed are my own honest opinions. If you follow my Instagram stories, you know that I legit make this cauliflower cereal all the dang time haha.