Hidden Veggies: Yummy Banana & Spinach Oatmeal {Toddler Approved}

Hidden Veggies: Yummy Banana & Spinach Oatmeal Toddler Approved

I love playing around with recipes and creating new ones and my latest favorite thing: hiding veggies in everything I can! Did you know that a smoothie with strawberries and broccoli is actually really delicious? What about spinach? Did you know that by adding it to a variety of different things doesn’t really even alter the taste, that you can hardly taste the spinach in a lot of things?

My latest hidden-veggie creation was a spur of the moment thing. I made a big batch of old fashioned oatmeal to use most of it in a muffin recipe but I had enough left over for a couple servings for breakfast. My toddler loves oatmeal, and bananas, so that was easy. I simply mashed a whole banana into the oatmeal and added cinnamon. This is her favorite oatmeal mixture.

Hidden Veggies: Yummy Banana & Spinach Oatmeal Toddler Approved

But then I saw the container of baby spinach in the fridge and I immediately thought of adding some in! Perhaps she won’t even notice.

Hidden Veggies: Yummy Banana & Spinach Oatmeal {Toddler Approved}
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Jessica Acs
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Serves: 2
A yummy Oatmeal with banana, cinnamon and spinach. Hidden veggies recipe – you won’t even know there are veggies in it!
  • 2 cups cooked oatmeal
  • 1 large handful fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  1. Mash the banana and mix it into the hot oatmeal. Mix cinnamon in well.
  2. Blend the spinach and yogurt together in a blender or food processor until relatively smooth. Add the spinach mixture to the oatmeal and mix well. Serve immediately.

Hidden Veggies: Yummy Banana & Spinach Oatmeal Toddler Approved

I ended up mixing a large handful of baby spinach in my vitamix with about 1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt. (we love the one from Trader Joes – it’s the lowest in sodium that we have been able to find and it’s super high in protein – 16 g per serving!), then I added it to the banana oatmeal mixture and sprinkled a little more cinnamon on top.

The verdict: my daughter loved it! She ate her entire bowl full and then asked for more! 🙂


About Jessica Acs

Originally from Victoria BC, Canada, I'm now living in Chicago IL. I mostly just make mini albums now, and I’m the author of Memory Makers Book: “Outstanding Mini Albums”, 2009. I am a Certified Ranger Educator and I previously taught classes in Vancouver BC, as well as at Scrapbooking Conventions around the USA. I'm also an Exotic Animal Trainer/ Wildlife Educator and with my husband we do educational live animal shows for schools, parties and events. We literally have a small zoo at our home, with over 70 different animals. To add even more excitement to our lives, we recently became new parents when we welcomed our baby girl, Ava, in July 2012. As well as here at Homeketeers, I can be found over on my other 2 sites: www.jessicaacs.com and www.outstandingminialbums.com


  1. Genius! When the recipe said spinach, I thought you meant the raw stuff & I wasn’t sure that sounded too good. But baby food spinach? Would have never thought of that! My granddaughter is SO picky, I might have to try and sneak in some veggies into her meals. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. We are big on hidden veggies at our house as well, with two picky kiddos. I’m pinning this recipe to try later. Thanks!

  3. Carissa Pelletier says:

    My son is picky, but loves banana and cinnamon. Would love to sneak some veggies in there – this could be a hit!

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