Yummy Porridge Fingers For Baby-Led Weaning Breakfast

Baby sat on the floor outside trying out her porridge fingers.

Porridge bars for babies are a brilliant first food for when they start weaning.

It gives them something to hold in their fingers and gnaw on to work those jaw muscles and if you follow your own recipe you know there's nothing but healthy goodness in them. Forget spooning mouthfuls of mush into them, this is porridge, baby-led weaning style.

When baked and sliced into porridge bars, the baby has the ideal finger food. For a six-month-old baby you can use baby porridge or make your own by blitzing regular oats in the food processor. As your baby gets older you can increase the texture of these porridge fingers by using larger oats. We've got a basic recipe for making plain porridge fingers as well as some variations to introduce fruits for a sweeter flavour. This is also a super-quick recipe to make - it can be cooked in the microwave in minutes, and just needs to cool before serving up this tasty finger food. Cooking it this way will mean the resulting bake will be slightly softer than if it was cooked in the oven. Each recipe should make enough for four fingers, porridge being so cheap means this is a really cheap breakfast option too.

Health Focus

Porridge Fingers

Once babies are around six months old they can have cows' milk in cooking or mixed with other food. But it should not be given as a drink until your baby is one. Our recipe uses full-fat cows' milk but you can also use baby formula milk or breastmilk. You can also give full-fat dairy products – such as pasteurised cheese and plain yoghurt or fromage frais - from around six months of age. Choose products that have no added sugar and remember babies do not need salt or sugar added to their foods or water you're cooking with.

Plain Porridge Fingers

Three tablespoons of porridge oats

Three tablespoons of full fat milk

1: Mix together the two ingredients and leave for a few minutes for the oats to go mushy.

2: Scoop into a microwaveable dish with a flat bottom. Cook on high for 2 minutes.

3: Cut into fingers and leave to cool in the tin.

Apple Porridge Fingers

Three tablespoons of oats

One and a half tablespoons of milk

One tablespoon of unsweetened apple puree

1: Mix together your ingredients and leave to one side for five minutes to go mushy.

2: Press into a flat bottomed dish and microwave on high for two minutes.

3: Slice into fingers then leave to cool before serving.

Raspberry & Coconut Porridge Fingers

Porridge Fingers
Image: © Healthy Little Foodies

Three tablespoons of oats

Two tbsp milk

One and a half tablespoons of crushed raspberries

One teaspoon of unsweetened desiccated coconut

1: Place the milk, oats and raspberries in a bowl and leave to soak for five minutes.

2: Give the mixture a good mix until you have a mushy mixture. Stir in the coconut.

3: Scoop the mixture into a small, flat bottom dish and press flat using the back of a spoon.

4: Cook in the microwave for two minutes on high.

5: Slice into fingers while still hot and leave to cool.

Banana Porridge Fingers

Image: © Nora Cooks

Three tablespoons of oats

Two tbsp milk

Half a mashed banana

Sprinkling of cinnamon

One teaspoon hemp seeds

1: Mix together the oats and milk and leave to sit for a few minutes so the oats absorb the liquid.

2:Stir through the banana, cinnamon and hemp seeds.

3: Place the mix into a flat bottomed, microwaveable dish and press down with a spoon.

4: Microwave on full power for two minutes, cut into fingers then leave to cool.

Strawberry Porridge Fingers

Three tablespoons of oats

Two tablespoons of milk

Four chopped strawberries, lightly mashed

1: Mix together the ingredients so they're well combined then leave for five minutes to go mushy.

2: Place in a dish with a flat bottom and cook in the microwave for two minutes on high.

3: Chop into bite-size pieces and allow to cool before serving.



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