Monday October 1, 2018
This baby porridge is a fantastic way to start your baby’s day - it gives slow-release energy from those nutritious oats. From 6 months on it can be made with breastmilk or water. After 1 year of age, it can be made with goat’s milk, which some babies find more digestible, or you can start to use pure cow’s milk, water, or a 50/50 combination of milk and water.
Once your baby has gotten used to the ingredients of the simple porridge you can start to experiment more by swapping the dates for other flavors. Grate a little apple or pear into the pan and cook with the porridge (check it is cool enough before serving). Or stir in a couple of cubes of fruit puree if you have some in the freezer. Butternut squash and sweet potato puree work well in porridge too.
Other good things to add include: raisins or sultanas (make sure they are cool before serving), chopped banana or sliced strawberries (add after cooking), a tiny pinch of cinnamon (during or after cooking), a dollop of Greek or plain natural yogurt.
Put the milk, porridge oats and chopped dates in a small saucepan, bring to the boil and then simmer, stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes.
Blend the mixture together using a hand blender.
It is high in calcium and carbohydrates to provide your baby with energy as well as help them reach their calcium intake for the day to help with bone development.