One of my favorite oat recipes for baby, this dairy-free, protein-packed Oat Milk Chia Pudding with Blueberry Orange Compote has no sugar added, is baby-led weaning approved and will satisfy every member of the family!
What’s the big deal about oats?
When it comes to baby-led weaning and feeding my little one, there is one ingredient that I have absolutely sworn by, and that’s rolled oats! They’re incredibly nutritious – being rich in antioxidants and high in fiber – and also very filling. They’re also often gluten-free, which makes them a great alternative for any little ones who may have a gluten allergy or intolerance.
Some of my favorite ways to include oats in my little one’s diet are via blender muffins and pancakes, and you can read all about those in my e-cookbook, 30 Freezer-Friendly Recipes for Babies and Toddlers.
However, I recently jumped on the oat milk bandwagon, so I couldn’t wait to try and make this dairy-free treat for my babe. Let me tell you, after coming up with this recipe for Oat Milk Chia Pudding with Blueberry Orange Compote, it has become a breakfast staple for EVERY member of our household. It is just so good!
As I mentioned in my Healthy Carrot Cake Pancakes post, we’re following the baby-led weaning method for introducing Raia to food, and have already tested her on dairy, wheat and nuts/nut butters with no adverse reactions. (I’ve written a post with more about when to start baby-led weaning and what it all involves as well.) In regards to common allergens, this recipe doesn’t contain ANY, so even if you aren’t doing BLW (or your child has shown some sort of adverse reaction to those allergens I’ve listed above) this is the perfect healthy recipe to keep in your arsenal.
Didn’t I tell you oat recipes are magical for little ones??
How to enjoy this Oat milk chia pudding recipe tomorrow
As all chia puddings do, this recipe does need to be started a day or two in advance, but aside from that the preparation is sooo easy. If you’re any sort of meal prepper, this recipe is for you. You’ll want to get the chia pudding started at least one night before you want to eat it (I like to prepare it in mason jars like these [*affiliate link]), but I found it got even better with a couple of days in the refrigerator to set up.
As far as the compote, I recommend making it the day before as well since I’m not so sure how a warm compote would taste on the chilled pudding (could be good, though!) You can also use this compote as a no-sugar-added way to make a delicious PB&J for your little ones. Because we all know that’s another go-to for all us busy moms!
I can promise you this – once you taste this Oat Milk Chia Pudding with Blueberry Orange Compote, you won’t want to stop making it. It’s tasty, nutritious and, once it’s prepped, takes no time at all to serve. It’s the perfect breakfast for these last few summer days and still a great option once school starts up again in a couple of weeks.
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Oat Milk Chia Pudding with Blueberry Orange Compote (Baby-Friendly!)
For the pudding:
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 3/4 cup oat milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
For the compote:
- 6 ounces blueberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- Combine the chia seeds, oat milk and vanilla extract or paste in a Mason jar with a lid. Shake to combine and place in refrigerator for at least 12 and up to 36 hours.
- To make the compote, combine blueberries, water and orange zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, cooking until blueberries break down and mixture is reduced to a jam-like texture. Let cool completely before serving with chia pudding.
- To serve, scoop some chia pudding into a bowl and top with compote.