Have you ever made porridge fingers or heard of them before? Essentially they are an easy way to turn oatmeal into finger food for baby-led weaning.
Because let's face it porridge or oatmeal is awesome in theory but very messy if you are embarking on a baby-led weaning journey with your munchkin
In my homemade baby porridge post, I speak about why I like rolled oats, oatmeal and porridge as a breakfast cereal for babies
- gentle fibre
- nutritionally dense
- naturally contain iron
Preparing the oatmeal as a porridge finger means you get all the nutritional benefits of the rolled oats, but with far less mess
Porridge fingers 3 ways
Porridge fingers can be flavoured with all manner of things. But I do have three variations of this recipe that I will share today. The 3 porridge fingers I make most often are banana, blueberry and apple and cinnamon.
Once you have made this recipe a few times you will find you can flavour it with all sorts of things
Porridge Fingers with the microwave
For this recipe, I find the easiest way to make it is in the microwave. You can certainly bake oats and end up with a firm finger food texture as well but I find for a small batch of porridge fingers the microwave is the easiest way.
I actually use a silicone divided baby plate to cook my porridge fingers. Any small microwave-proof dish will be fine though.
Which oats should I use
For this porridge finger recipe, you can use either traditional rolled oats or quick oats. I get my Rolled Oats and Quick Oats from Countdown Supermarkets, they are a great price and excellent quality.
The large traditional rolled oats will give quite a chewy texture, compared to the finer quick oats. Some people refer to quick oats as 'milk oaties'. The porridge fingers in the images on this post were made with quick oats.
If you want a very smooth not so chewy texture for these porridge fingers, ie for a young baby just starting their baby-led weaning journey, then making your own homemade baby porridge or oatmeal and using those fine oats in this recipe could be a good idea. I share how to make your own homemade baby porridge in an earlier post
Quick oats and baby oatmeal all start off as traditional rolled oats, they are just chopped up into smaller pieces
Steel-cut oats will not work in this recipe
What age baby is this recipe for
Below is a picture of Esme at 10 months old enjoying these porridge fingers. She was able to manage these fingers from 6 mths old, although when she was this young I did make them using my homemade baby porridge rather than traditional rolled oats so that they had a softer texture
I am an ambassador for Countdown supermarket, which means they support my blog by providing ingredients for recipe creation. I used Countdown rolled oats and blueberries in this porridge finger recipe
If you are looking for other baby-led weaning breakfast recipes these are quite popular on my site
- ⅓ cup oats
- 3 tablespoon milk (45 ml)
- Dash of vanilla (optional)
Blueberry Porridge Fingers
- ¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- ¼ banana mashed
Apple & Cinnamon
- ½ apple grated
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Plain Porridge Fingers
- Mix oats, milk and optional vanilla together, if you have time, let them soak for a few minutes as you will get a better result in the end.
- Press into the bottom of a small microwave-proof dish
- Microwave on high for 40 seconds, check to see if they are cooked (they are cooked when the mixture is firm to the touch and pulling away from the edges of the dish) if the mix has not reached this stage microwave for a further 20 seconds or until cooked
- Cool in the dish for a few minutes, remove from dish and slice into fingers
- Check they are a safe temperature before giving them to your baby
Blueberry Porridge Fingers
- Blend the blueberries, milk and optional vanilla together
- Mix this with the oats
- (Continue from step 2 of the Plain Porridge Finger recipe)
Banana Porridge Fingers
- Follow the steps for the plain porridge fingers, adding the mashed banana at step 1
Apple Cinnamon Porridge Fingers
- Follow the steps for the plain porridge fingers, adding the grated apple and cinnamon at step 1
I use my babies silicon divided plate to cook these as it is a good size
See information above about what sort of oats are best for these porridge finger
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 3
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 3g
Please know this nutrition analysis is based on the ingredients only, this recipe has not been sent to a laboratory for independent testing