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Feb 24, 2014

Apple & Oats Porridge for Babies / Apple, Oats & Cinnamon Porridge / Oats for Babies / Homemade Oatmeal Cereal for Babies- Porridge for Babies / 6 Month Baby Food

Maha has started her 6th month. She is kind off feeling bored with Ragi porridge, so i was thinking for a alternate for that which is tasty and at the same time filling. Amma told to give raw banana powder porridge. We bought firm big raw plantain from the market yesterday, now it is drying in the sun. I think that powder will be ready within couple of days. Dont worry will share that recipe soon.

One alternate done. I have heard that oats are really a good food to introduce your baby when is has crossed her 6 month. Oats are a very healthy grain and makes a great first food for your babies. So i decided to try that and consulted with my ped. He told that if your baby eats it you can give it. Few days back, i decided to make oats porridge, to make it more healthy and more tasty i added some apples in it. I added some clean cinnamon powder which i bought during my last visit to chennai in nuts & spices shop. I added a touch of it to see whether maha likes it. To my surprise she loved it. Cinnamon not only gives a lovely aroma to the porridge, it also helps in digestion.

After my success in this porridge with maha, yesterday i made the same porridge with pear and added some cardamom powder to it. She loved it too. I recommend you to add some spices to your baby food that makes the food more aromatic and your baby will love that, i think. SO SPICE UP YOUR BABY FOODS..They are really good for your babies...

Things to remember:

1)I used instant oats, since that is the only oats available in my place. If you can get steel cut oats, then they are highly recommended.

2)You could add any fruits in this porridge which your baby loves.

3)Adding cinnamon is optional. You can leave it or simply add any other spices like cardamom,

4) If you are afraid, whether oats / oatmeal cause constipation in babies. In my opinion and experience, oats / oatmeal wont cause constipation.

5)Puree the oats porridge finely or to the texture you like to feed your baby.

6)If your apples are too sweet and you find your porridge to be sweet enough. Then dont add any sugar. But Maha likes her food a little on the sweeter side, so i added juts a tsp of sugar.

7) I am not feeding oats daily to maha. I give ragi porridge one day, the next day i feed raw banana powder porridge(recipe soon), then the next day i give her oats porridge. So she doesn't feel bored with the same food. 

8)I recommend you to start oatmeal on 6th month of your baby.


How to introduce solid food to your baby:

Read this

How to sterilize baby feeding bowls:

Start by sterilizing the bowls and spoons which you are going to feed your baby. Take the bowl and spoon in a large saucepan, cover it with water and bring them to a boil. Boil it rapidly for 5 mins. Now you can turn the heat off and leave them stay in the hot water till use.

How to make porridge:


Oats - 1.5 tblspn
Apple - 1/2 a big apple
Cinnamon Powder - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp or to taste
Water - 1/2 cup or adjust


Start by peeling and chopping 1/2 a apple into small pieces.

Take a clean sauce pan, in which you cook your babies food. Add oats, chopped apple, cinnamon and clean water in it.

Put the saucepan on stove and cook it for 3 to 4 mins on a low flame till the oats is completely cooked.

Now take it off the stove and let it cool a bit. Pour the whole mix in a blender and make into a smooth puree. 

Now taste the porridge and add sugar as per the sweet you need. I make the porridge a little on the sweeter side.

Now blend the porridge once again to make the porridge smooth.

Pour the porridge on to clean sterlized bowls and feed your baby. You can pour this into feeding bottle and feed your baby. I cut a bigger hole in my feeding bottle nipple and feed my baby, this way it is easy and convenient.

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Take all your ingredients

I used half a sweet apple for this porridge

Peel the apple

Chop them

Now take a clean sauce pan

Add in oats


Add in the water

Throw in a touch of cinnamon powder
Put the whole thing on stove

Cook em

Cook till the oats is done

Let it cool a bit
Take a blender

Add the oats mixture
Puree them
Now it is time for taste test
Add a tsp of sugar if you find it less sweet
Puree again

Pour into clean bowl and feed your baby..


Tess Boby said... Best Blogger Tips

Why cinnamon for a six month old? I'm a mom of three Girls... eldest is four and my baby is four months... we started with ragi... then wheat... then banana,then oats, suji... for the veggie diet we had 1 carrot + 1/2 potato or 1/2 apple combined, pressure cooked and mashed... never heard of introducing flavours such as cardamom , cinnamon etc into baby diet. Also an aunt of mine who is a doc always suggests to keep the baby simple tastes, I.e as much as possible without added sweet salt etc, so that they don't become fussy eaters... hope u got my point... again, if it's difficult to get banana powder, give her ripe banana cokked and mashed withe center black thing removed... as much as possible btry not to 7ded the blender for mashing her food and get her to taste whatever you eat... you will have soon have a happy toddler at at home and a very fuss free mommyhood.. :) god bless :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing the recipe. My Baby is so bored of regular kanji powder. I will try this oatmeal and fruit smoothie .

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi dear thanks for the recipe.. instead of sugar can I add panakarkandu syrup in this.?? Please post homemade cerelac recipe must be tasty nd as wel as healthy.. am waiting for ur banana powder recipe.. till now I tried al ur recipe for my baby ,its so good..thank yo so much.. wanna share onethin.. my baby doesnt lik apple puree den I added one black dates soaked in warm water nd grinded along wit apple in a blender.. he likes dis combo.. v don need to add sugar in this.. I am lookin for home made cerelac recipe.. searched in net but am not satisfied wit tat.. if yo post I il blindly follow tat wit no more doubt..

Ashwi said... Best Blogger Tips

@Tess Boby Introducing flavours as early as 6 months is a good idea. Spices like cinnamon has many good medicinal qualities and vital nutrients that will nourish the baby. It's not just about flavours. It's healthy too. Also when variety of flavours are introduced at early stage, they don't become fussy eater. They will love all types of food. Also if you breast feed the baby, probably your baby have already had a hint of taste of all the flavorful foods that you consumed. It's important to spice it up a lil. But remember to introduce in very tiny quantities. Cheers !

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Can you tell me some brand name to buy oats. I heard there are many different types of oats. I am not sure will I get those types.

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

@AnonymousI use quaker instant oats