Two Delicious Oats Recipes for Your Baby

Two Delicious Oats Recipes for Your Baby

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Oats are one of the healthiest options for baby food because of their nutritional value. They can be introduced anytime after your baby turns six months old. Oats are rich in fibre, easy to digest, and are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which are essential for a baby’s growth and development.

Choice of Oats

Based on their processing, oats are classified into four categories as given below.
1. Whole Oat Groats- Not processed
2. Steel Cut Oats – Least amount of processing
3. Rolled Oats- Lightly processed
4. Instant Oats – Highly processed
Out of all these options, always opt for steel-cut oats or rolled oats for babies as they are easy to digest, high in nutrition, and take less time to cook than whole oat groats. Also, avoid giving instant oats to your baby.

Recipes

Oatmeal (Sweet)
  • To make one bowl of oatmeal,  take 1/2 cup of milk and water each, and bring to a boil in a pan.
  • Next, add 1/2 cup of rolled oats and cook for 12 to 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and add brown sugar to it and mix well.
  • Once it cools down, add small pieces of apple and banana. Other fruits can also be added if your baby has started chewing.
Masala Vegetable Oats
This oats recipe should be given to babies who are 10 months or older, as babies start chewing by that age.
  • First, chop the vegetables of your choice, including onion, tomato, capsicum, carrot, beans, potato, etc. into very small pieces, to make sure the baby doesn’t choke.  The quantity of the vegetables should not be more than 1/2 bowl.
  • Next, heat 1/2 tbsp of cooking oil or butter in a pan, and add all chopped veggies into it. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes till they become soft.
  • Now, add a pinch of salt, black pepper, and turmeric powder over the vegetables and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup of rolled oats and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Then, add 1.5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • Cook for 10 to 15 minutes and turn off the heat.

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