Porridge Fingers


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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

baby's hand reaching for porridge fingers

 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
  • inexpensive

Preparing the oatmeal as a porridge finger means you get all the nutritional benefits of the rolled oats, but with far less mess

close up of a woman's hand holding a porridge finger
As you can see the porridge fingers are easy to pick up, which makes them a great finger food

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

The ingredients for porridge fingers Rolled oats, milk, apple, cinnamon, blueberries ,banana
Ingredients: Rolled Oats and Milk, plus your favourite oatmeal flavorings


a selection of porridge fingers on a wooden board, apple and cinnamon, banana and blueberry

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.

oatmeal coloured purple by blueberries in a divided baby plate
This is the blueberry porridge finger mix ready to go into the microwave in a baby plate

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

3 piles of oats, rolled oats, quick oats and baby oatmeal
Top Left: Traditional rolled oats, Top Right: Quick Oats, Middle: Baby Porridge

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

Baby dressed in a pink top and purple pants eating a porridge finger
Esme eating porridge fingers
baby crawling over a plate of porridge fingers on the floor
Ha, she moves quick these days, proving to be a tricky photo model to catch in the frame some days

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

baby's hand reaching for porridge fingers

Porridge Fingers - 3 Ways

Porridge fingers are a great finger food baby oatmeal option. An easy and nutritious baby-led weaning breakfast
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Course: Baby Led Weaning
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: baby lead weaning breakfast, baby oatmeal, baby porridge, oats for babies, porridge fingers
Servings: 6 Fingers
Calories: 112kcal


4.58 from 231 votes


  • ½ 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)
  • blueberries milk and vanilla blended together

  • 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


Serving: 3g | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 14mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g




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  1. Hey these look great! Do they store? Working mumma here so if I can make a batch for the week it would be amazing

  2. Hi!

    What a great recipe. How long would you bake these in the oven if you don't have a microwave?

    1. I would say 20 minutes, but I would check after 15 mins, it will depend a bit on how thin you make them