Baby Breaky Oats

Hi Guys,

Here are some of my tried and true baby basics. They are so easy and the cooked porridge can be frozen. I used to do a batch and use one and freeze the rest and then just take one out before bed at night ready for the next morning. To warm I would just add a little boiled water and give it a good stir through to bring it back to life.

To me introducing first foods to bub is two-fold. Firstly you want to have a good well-balanced and nutritious meal that will both fill their little tummy’s and ensure they have enough energy to burn in there busy little days. Secondly I always wanted to give them a really broad range of tastes both food and spices to develop the palate.

Oats are a great way to go for breaky, not only do oats have a heap of nutritional benefits, Did you know that it is proven that one serving of oats a day reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke by 10% to 20%! I know you a probably not thinking about things like that with a baby, but it’s a good choice for mum and dad too 🙂 Oats are minimally processed and I find personally if I manage to get a whole lot of porridge in to little tummy’s so much less grumpy 🙂

So back to the recipes!

This was Jasper’s (and our) breakfast today.

Ingredients

80g Oats

330g Milk

1 Banana

Maple Syrup

Cinnamon

DO –

  1. Put the Oats into the tmx bowl and blitz for 5 seconds on speed 8.
  2. Add the milk and cook for 8 minutes on 90 degrees, Reverse speed soft.
  3. Once cooked add the banana, Maple Syrup (depending on age) and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  4. Blend on speed 5 for 5 seconds
  5. Serve!
Tips –
  • You can switch Milk for Water and then add a bit of breast milk after cooking to give it a creamy taste. I wouldn’t personally cook with the breast milk to hurt the nutrients. Correct me if I am wrong 🙂
  • In the very early days I always make sure I only introduce one new food per day. So then if there is a reaction I am able to narrow it down. Therefore with the porridge you can add or subtract fruits dependent on what stage bub is up to.
This is Jasper enjoying his breaky… Don’t mind his bed hair! His Mum is refusing to cut her baby’s hair and accept the fact that he is growing up! And let’s face it how often can you give your boy a mullet 🙂
  

So following the basic Porridge Recipe here are a couple of Jasper’s other favourites.

  • Banana and Sultana. Add a handful of sultana’s into the tm bowl with the milk / water. Then cook. Mix the banana through at the end. Adding the banana at the end also helps to cool it so helpful if you’re in a hurry!
  • Pear, Sultana, Cinnamon. Add the pear at the beginning and blitz with the oats. Then add liquid, sultana’s and a sprinkle of cinnamon and cook. Will depend on age of bub again if you give it a blitz after cooking to reduce sultanas.
  • Strawberry, Banana and Cinnamon. You can do this one two ways. Either blitz strawberries with the oats at the start or you can add last with the banana and have the uncooked strawberry. Will again depend on age of bubs. I used to use this as a great lunch served cool.
  • Apple and Pear. Add the apple and pear with oats and blitz at the beginning. Amounts for all of these will depend on how strong you want the flavours to come through.
  • Pear and Apricot. Add both with the oats and blitz. Then add liquid and cook.
A note on Maple Syrup. This is a great natural sweetener. It is recommended not to have honey at first, I tried searching for the actual recommendation on honey but can’t seem to find a straight answer. I think it is around 2 years from memory from my health nurse. Maple Syrup has only small amounts of fructose and glucose sugars. You can read more about it here.
So I think that is all on my breaky oats. I’d love to hear some other great combo’s. I know prunes work really well but Jasper’s Mummy is not so keen on them 🙂
Enjoy your Oats!
Cass
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One Response to “Baby Breaky Oats”

  1. May 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    How cute.
    Jessie.

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