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Kids Porridge Fingers

Porridge fingers were one of the first breakfasts that all three of my children had. They are a perfect first breakfast for babies who are baby led weaning or for babies who are traditionally fed and are moving onto finger foods. 



Porridge for babies and toddlers is a great way to start the day. Oats are a complex carbohydrate which provides slow releasing energy throughout the morning. Oats are full of vital minerals and nutrients including magnesium, iron and zinc. This provides a great healthy start to the day. 

What Oats and Flavours to Use

When making porridge oats I use traditional Scottish porridge oats and not instant oats. Porridge fingers can be made in a variety of different ways. My children personally prefer them made with banana but they can also be made with milk. Flavouring porridge fingers can also be done in a vast variety of ways our favourites are raspberries, blueberries or plain with some cinnamon. 



Microwave Or Oven

I use the microwave to heat the porridge fingers as I find this the easiest. For those who feel uncomfortable with using a microwave you can also bake porridge fingers in the oven, 15 minutes at 180C. To microwave I use a ceramic dish but you could use any small microwavable dish.



Baby Led Weaning

I weaned all three of my children using the baby led weaning method. We started with lunch, then dinner and finally breakfast. Breakfast was introduced around 7-8 months old. Every child is different and you may wish to start with breakfast. I would recommend introducing porridge fingers around 7 or 8 months once your child is established with baby led weaning. 




Recipe

Kids Banana Porridge Fingers

Ingredients

6 tbsp of porridge oats
1 small banana (around 80g)
Handful of raspberries (can substitute for any berry)

Method

Mash the banana and then mix together with the oats. If the mixture is too wet add a small amount of oats. Add in the raspberries and then transfer to a microwavable dish. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Check to see if they are cooked (the mixture should be firm to touch but also comes away from the side) if not fully cooked heat for a further 30 seconds. Allow to cool down before removing from the dish and then cutting into fingers.



More baby led weaning suitable recipes can be found here:

Carrot and Apple Muffins

Cheese and Tomato Bites

Savoury Vegetable Flapjacks



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