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overhead shot of oatmeal fingers on a plate with banana, strawberries and blueberries
Course Breakfast

Baby Oatmeal {Porridge Fingers}

By: Elysia
Servings 1 serving
Looking for an easy oatmeal recipe for babies? These porridge fingers are the perfect size and texture for little ones, and can be whipped together in less than 5 minutes! Perfect for baby-led weaning or as a finger food for toddlers! {gluten-free & vegan}
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 19 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 2 teaspoons hemp hearts
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • Add the oats, hemp hearts, cinnamon, applesauce and milk to a cereal bowl. Stir with a spoon until well combined, making sure that you scrape any ingredients off the side of the bowl so that it's in a circle in the bottom of the bowl.
  • Microwave for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and use a spatula (I like to use a small one) to push any ingredients down off the side of the bowl into the oatmeal mixture. It should look like a small oatmeal cake in the bottom of the bowl.
  • Allow it to cool for at least 10-15 minutes. This step is VERY important as this allows the oatmeal to solidify enough to remove it from the bottom of the bowl in one piece. If it still feels too mushy to remove, allow it to cool for longer.
  • Once solidified, gently nudge the spatula underneath the edges of the oat cake to remove from the bottom of the bowl.
  • Carefully place on a flat surface such as a cutting board or plate. Top with desired toppings and cut into strips or small bite-sized pieces.

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Notes

  • Allow to cool sufficiently: It's important that you don't try to remove the oatmeal from the bowl before it has cooled and firmed up, otherwise it will be too mushy and difficult to cut into strips or smaller pieces. You also want to allow it to cool sufficiently so that it’s not too hot when serving to baby or young children.
  • Use a small spatula: I like to use a small spatula to gently nudge the oatmeal “patty” out of the bowl to ensure that it doesn’t stick to the bowl. If a little bit does stick to the bottom, I just scrape it off with the spatula and press it into the top or bottom of the oatmeal patty.
  • Top it up: I like to spread the the oatmeal cake with a thin layer of nut butter such as natural peanut butter or almond butter before cutting it into fingers and then stick small pieces of fruit to it or sprinkle additional hemp hearts or unsweetened coconut on top.
  • Cut depending on baby's age: If baby is less than 9 months old and/or has not yet established their pincer grip, you can cut the oatmeal fingers in half and serve them so that baby can hold them in his or her palm. If baby has an established pincer grip, you can cut the strips into smaller bite sized pieces.

Nutrition

Calories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 27mgPotassium: 175mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 160IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 2mg
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