How to Make Oats Porridge for Babies & Toddlers - FirstCry Parenting

Oats Porridge Recipe

Oats are a wholesome cereal with tonnes of nutritional elements. This Oats porridge for babies can be used for babies as young as 6 months as it is very easy on the digestive system. It is a twist on the more common porridge which is generally sweet in nature. This one has vegetables, which will add their own flavour, punch and health benefits. This is a really cool way to sneak in vegetables for a fussy child. Oats do not take a whole lot of time to cook so apart from the time taken in cutting the veggies; this porridge can be done in a jiffy. This is a filling dish which is good to go for breakfast or lunch as a main dish. Oats is one of the easily digestible foods for people of all ages. It will be light on the stomach but still keeps your baby full for a longer time. All the goodness in oats will help in proper growth of your little one.

Video: How to Make Oats Porridge for Babies and Toddlers – An Easy Step-by-Step Recipe Guide

Cooking Time 

Type Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:10:00
Cook Time 00:10:00
Total Time 00:20:00

Cooking Method 

Gas stove, pressure cooker & blender

Type of Meal 


Suitable For 

Any baby above 7 months of age

Meal Schedule 


Recipe Type 

Main Dish


Ingredients Quantity and Volume
Oats powder ½ cup
Cumin powder 1/8 tsp
Garlic 2-3 small cloves
Vegetables of your choice (Carrot, beans, cauliflower, peas, broccoli) ¾ cup – finely chopped
Milk ¼ cup (optional)
Ghee/coconut milk 1 tbsp
Salt As per taste (not for kids below 1 year)
Water 1½ cups


These are the detailed step by step procedure to prepare Oats porridge.

  1. Wash the vegetables thoroughly and chop them into bite-size pieces.
  2. Dry roast the oats in a pressure cooker till it gives out aroma.
  3. Add the vegetables and cook for a few seconds.
  4. Add garlic and cumin powder and stir well.
  5. Add water and salt. Do not add salt if the child is below 1 year of age.
  6. Add ghee and after mixing, close the pressure cooker lid.
  7. On medium flame cook the whole thing for 2 whistles.
  8. Set aside the pressure cooker to cool down.
  9. Once the pressure from the cooker is released, open the cooker and mash the whole mix with a potato masher. If your child is not chewing as yet, then you could use blender as well.
  10. You could add milk at this point if the porridge is still thick.
  11. Yummy oats porridge is ready to be served.

Recipe Tips

This is an easy Oats porridge recipe which has a lot of nutrition and will make a delicious addition to your recipes for your tiny tot:

  • Add cow’s milk only for kids above 1 year, for the younger ones use formula milk, breast milk or coconut milk. You could omit milk as well as it is optional.
  • You could also use steel cut oats as they are non-GMO.
  • To get the most out of oats, you could soak them overnight and then sprout them for a day. Then you can grind and preserve them in an airtight container in the fridge and can use them as and when needed.
  • Vegetables can vary based on your choice and what is available seasonally.

Nutrition Information (Per Cup)

Nutrient Value
Energy 214 calories
Protein 11 g
Carbohydrates 30 g
Fat 5.8 g
Fibre 10.6 g
Sodium 19 g
Calcium 21%
Iron 7.3%
Cholesterol 17 mg
Potassium 438 mg
Vitamin A 8.4%
Vitamin C 3.4%

* Percent daily value is based on 2000 cal diet

Health Benefits

This home-made Oats porridge baby food recipe is a salty version of the regular sweet porridge and contains the goodness of vegetables packed in them.

  • Oats have a lot of fibre which aids digestion.
  • They are a great source of beta-glucan which builds immunity.
  • They are rich in vitamins and minerals which are essential for a child’s body and brain.
  • Oats have avenanthramide which is a unique antioxidant and has the capacity to protect against heart diseases.

Buying Guide

  • Try to buy organic as much as possible as giving inorganic stuff to your precious child can wreak havoc on their delicate systems.
  • Make sure the vegetables are fresh.

Hope this step by step procedure of how to make Oats porridge for a baby was clear and easy and it would be the next thing you would want to try for your munchkin!

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