Easy, Edible Oatmeal Playdough

Today is a dreary autumn day. As was yesterday. And the day before.

I actually quite enjoy the drizzly fall weather, but this stay at home mom does not like to stay at home all day! I also do not like to waste money. We fill our days with trips to the library and walks around the neighborhood. We go grocery shopping and run errands.

I did not feel like schlepping Cupcake in and out of stores while trying not to get rained on. The only thing with a parking garage is the mall, and again, I like to save my pennies.

So what the heck can you do with a seven month old after they’ve played with the same toys all week? Introducing edible oatmeal Playdough!

Cupcake has slowly been introduced to solids. Girl takes after her mama with most of her food preferences. One of her favorites is oatmeal. Oatmeal is also mushy and gushy and has a fun texture. So, I thought it’d be perfect.

To avoid the lumpiness of traditional oatmeal, I used the grain miller attachment on my food processor to make the oatmeal into a fine powder. I also used instant oatmeal with nothing added to it (no flavor, sugar, salt- just plain) because that’s what we give Cupcake. I personally prefer the plain oatmeal for kids, but to each their own!

Ingredients:
1/2 c instant plain oatmeal (ground to fine powder)
1 c water

Directions:
Mix oatmeal powder and water in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute. A solid dough-like substance will start to solidify on the bottom of the bowl, with liquid on top. Mix well. Heat additional minute and repeat mixing until fully blended.

“Dough” will be very hot. Allow to cool to not burn little hands.

Since Cupcake has not been introduced to many foods, I only used oatmeal and water, which results in a very squishy “dough.” This was okay for me because she can’t really build anyway and was definitely going to put it all in her mouth (see pictures below!).

For older children, add flour to warmed mixture to get desired texture. It won’t taste great (which is probably good!) but it will hold together.

Do you have any good recipes for edible dough using other ingredients? Eventually Cupcake will be able to have more foods and with winter fast approaching, I’m sure we’ll have many more days of making playdough ahead!

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