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10 Easy and yummy oat recipes that you and your kids will love

Babies cannot eat anything till they turn 6 months old. Once the baby starts growing, it can be confusing for a parent to decide the diet of the baby. You want to make sure that you provide that the baby is enjoying and comfortable with the food that you provide. If you are wondering what food you can start with, you should seriously consider having oats. Oats are extremely healthy for all ages, especially babies. They contain a high concentration of protein and fibre that is vital for the development of the baby. Additionally, it has a low concentration of harmful saturated fats and cholesterol. They are also rich in micronutrients, giving the baby a good nutritional supplement. In this article, you will find easy and yummy oat recipes

Here’s why you should consider adding oats to your toddler’s diet 

Oats are one of the healthiest grains. They are packed with fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Steel-cut oats are processed variety of oats and highly preferred as it takes little time to cook. They are a good source of carbs and fibre, which take time to absorb and require more calories to breakdown, reducing weight.

Oats are more delicious and nutritious by adding some maple syrup, raisins, and cinnamon. Oats are very beneficial for obese children due to soluble fibre. The peptide hormone is generally released in the gut. This hormone is promoted by the Carbohydrate beta-glucan present in the oats. It helps to reduce calorie intake and decreases the risk of obesity. 

Oats allergy can occur in infants and children. It is important to consult the doctor before you include any food item to make sure that the allergy does not hurt the infant. Allergy to oats can trigger the immune system. 

Oats provide a range of vitamins and minerals. Oats have impressive health benefits and can be combined with different ingredients to make it flavorful and nutritious. There are multiple benefits of including oats in your diet at an early age. 

Easy and Healthy oats recipe 

Multigrain Cereal Porridge

Preparation time: 10 minutes 

Advised for: 1 year +

Ingredients required 

  • 2 Tbsp of powdered mixed grains as per your choice
  • 3 Tbsp of steel-cut oats or powdered oats 
  • Jaggery /honey /fruit syrup 
  • Pinch of powdered cardamom for taste
  • 1 Tbsp of powdered seeds and nuts 
  • A cup of water or milk 

Preparation steps 

Boil water or milk and then add oats, powdered grains, and seeds. Slow down the flame to medium and stir it until the mixture is cooked well. Turn off the stove and add jaggery and cardamom as per your liking. You can garnish the mixture with saffron or pistachio.

Healthy banana oatmeal pancakes

Preparation time: 20 minutes 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 Bananas 
  • 2 eggs 
  • ½ cup oats 
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • Fruit and syrup of your choice 

 Preparation steps 

Blend the banana, eggs, oats, baking powder, and salt. Let the batter settle for about 10-20 minutes until the batter thickens. Heat a non-stick frypan on medium flame and fry the batter until it is golden brown on either side. Add syrup and fruits of your choice on the pancakes and serve. 

Vegetable oatmeal porridge 

Preparation time: 10-20 minutes 

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbsp of steel-cut oats 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 teaspoon of oil or ghee 
  • Vegetables of your choice 

Preparation steps 

Saute the vegetables in a saucepan with little oil until it turns brown. Take another pan and cook oats in milk until it is nice and thick. Mix the fried vegetables uncooked oats and toss them in a mixer. Grind the contents well until it becomes a soft puree.  

Oatmeal Dosa 

Preparation time: 20-25 minutes 

Advised for: 1 year + 

Ingredients: 

  • 5 Tbsp of instant oats 
  • 5 Tbsp rice flour
  • 5 Tbsp of curd 
  • Chopped carrot/ any vegetable of your choice 
  • A pinch of salt 
  • Spices or herbs as per requirement 
  • A dash of coriander 
  • 1-2 cups of water 

Preparation steps 

Mix or grind the oats, rice flour, spices, carrot/ vegetable pieces, water, and curd in a bowl until it becomes a thick batter. Add some oil and ghee over a mildly heated pan and pour the batter on the top. Cook the dosa until the edges loosen and the opposite side becomes golden, then cook the other side. 

Oatmeal and veggie soup 

Preparation time: 10-15 times 

Advised for: 6 months + 

Ingredients 

  • 2 Tbsp oil or ghee 
  • 1 cup of finely chopped veggies of your choice 
  • 3 tbsp of processed oats/ Steel-cut oats 
  • 1 cup soup stock 
  • Salt for taste 

Preparation steps 

Fry the veggies until it turns golden, then add some oats and toss them together. Boil the soup stock in another vessel. Mix the boiled soup stock and fried veggies and oats, and salt for taste.

Oatmeal chews 

Preparation time: 20 minutes 

Advised age: 1 year + 

Ingredients 

  • A cup of processed/ powdered oatmeal 
  • 1 Banana/ Almonds / any nuts or fruits of your choice
  • 2 Tbsp of honey 

Preparation steps 

Set the oven at 180 degrees. Crush the banana or any fruit of your choice and add honey in a bowl to get a gooey and sticky batter. Shape the batter and bake for about 10 minutes.  

Oatmeal Khichdi 

Preparation time: 25 minutes 

Ingredients: 

  • 5 Tbsp of oats 
  • 3 Tbsp of gram flour 
  • 1 cup of water 
  • Salt and spices for taste 
  • Sesame seeds for garnishing

Preparation steps: 

Take some turmeric powder, chili powder, sesame seeds, and fry them for some seconds in the pressure cooker. Add gram flour and oats and mix it with the sauteed spices. Add water and salt once the mixture is mixed and cooked well and let the contents cook for about 10 minutes. 

Easy and yummy oat recipes

Oatmeal and Apple Porridge 

Preparation time: 15 minutes approximately 

Advised for: 6 months +

Ingredients 

  • 3 tsp od powdered oats 
  • A cup of milk 
  • Spoonful of butter
  • Chopped and peeled apple 
  • Almond flour 
  • 1 tsp honey 

Preparation steps 

Cook the oats in the milk in medium flame until its ready. Once the oats are nicely cooked for some minutes, toss some chopped apples into the mixture after lowering the flame with some butter, almond flour, and honey. Mix the entire mixture well and cook it for few minutes. Let the porridge cool and then serve. 

Chia seeds and Oatmeal biscuits 

Preparation time: 1 hour 

Advised for: 1 year + 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of cooked oats 
  • 1 tbsp of chia seeds 
  • 1 tbsp ghee 
  • 2 tbsp milk 

Preparation steps 

Mix all the ingredients to make a thick paste. Shape the batter as desired and place in the fridge until it is stiff. Warm the biscuits before serving. 

Oatmeal Halva 

Preparation time: 20 minutes 

Advised for: 1 year +

Ingredients: 

  • 5 Tbsp of oats 
  • 100 ml of milk 
  • 2 tsp honey, syrup or sugar 
  • Spoonful of butter
  • 5-6 slices of orange 
  • 1 tsp crushed almonds 

Preparation steps 

Heat a saucepan and add butter. Add some oats and saute it until its golden brown. Once the oats are nicely cooked add milk and syrup of your choice and cook the mixture for till it is thick for about 5 minutes. Cook the orange with sugar till its sticky. Then cook both the mixtures together in the same pan and allow it to cook well under its nice and thick. Top the mixture with some almonds and serve. 

Things to consider before feeding oats 

  • Consider making the oats for yourself before feeding the baby. You need to make sure that the taste and consistency is comfortable for the baby 
  • Ensure that the baby has no allergies to the oats or the ingredients that you are adding 
  • Prefer crushed or powdered oats for your recipes as it makes the mixture easy to digest for the toddlers
  • It is recommended to soak the oats before cooking as it makes the oats easy to digest and intake for the toddlers. 
  • Consult the doctor before you include anything in your baby’s diet and you start feeding him. 

There are many kinds of oats available. You need to make sure that you choose finely powdered oats for the toddler. Also, while cooking food for the toddler or kid, make sure that you sterilize the vessels. It is important to carefully choose your ingredients as the kids have a developing immune system. 

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Written by Anu Chaudhary

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