Oatmeal for Baby Food and Oat Baby Food Recipes
When can my baby eat Oatmeal and Oats?
Homemade Oatmeal cereal and porridge is fine to introduce to your baby from 4 months of age. Please remember that the current recommendations for starting baby on solid foods is 6 months of age. Oatmeal cereal may be a better starter cereal than rice as it is less constipating and many babies prefer the taste of oats over rice cereal.
The Goodness of Oats and Oatmeal for Babies
Oats are high in fiber, calcium, protein and even some B vitamins. Steel cut oats are slightly healthier and more nutritious than rolled, quick cook or instant oats. Steel cut oats retain the most nutrients because they are not highly processed, but take approximately 11-25 minutes longer to cook than their instant counterparts. Steel cut oats are also referred to as pinhead oatmeal in the UK.
Oatmeal (one cup, regular, non-fortified & cooked) Protein – 5.94g
Vitamin C – 0 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) – .17 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – .04 mg
Niacin – .53 mg
Folate – 14 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.
Potassium – 164 mg
Phosphorus – 162 mg
Magnesium – 84 mg
Calcium – 21 mg
Sodium – 9 mg
Iron – 2.11 mg
Selenium – 12 mg
Also contains small amounts of zinc, manganese and copper.
How to select and store oats and oatmeal for homemade baby food
The EWG does not rank grains in its “dirty dozen” food list so buying organic oatmeal is a personal choice.
Whole grains may be stored for several months in a cool dry place. If the temperature becomes extremely warm in your home, you may wish to store the grains in the refrigerator.
Milled whole grains, such as rice flour, whole wheat flour, oat flour and the like, should be stored in an air tight container and preferably in your refrigerator. You can store them in a cool dry place however ensure that you check on the status of the grains if you use them infrequently.
When grains are milled, the natural oils that come from the grain may become rancid without refrigeration. When purchasing any type of milled whole grain, it’s always best to buy smaller quantities to ensure that your whole grains are used prior to them going rancid.
Follow the same storage methods for any rice powder, oat powder, barley powder etc. that you have ground (milled) for your homemade baby cereal. You should store it in an air tight container, in a cool dry place but preferably in the refrigerator if your home is warm.
The best way to cook Oats and Oatmeal for Baby Food or Baby Cereal
You may use a crockpot, a rice cooker or the good old standby method of pot and water. If your little one needs a finer, smoother texture you may want to skip the crockpot and rice cooker as you will need to puree the already cooked oatmeal. This may or may not turn out to be pasty and unedible.
When cooking the “oat powder” for homemade baby cereal, use 1/4 to 1/3 cup of powder per 1-2 cups of water – more or less as you see fit. The key is to whisk whisk whisk as you are cooking to avoid clumping.
Totally Tasty and Nutritious Oatmeal Baby Food Recipes
Oatmeal Baby Cereal (make it Organic by using Organic Rolled or Steel Cut Oats.)
- 1/4 cup of ground oats (use regular or steel cut when possible), ground in blender or food processor
- 3/4 cup – 1 cup water
Step 1: Bring liquid to boil in saucepan. Add the oatmeal powder while stirring constantly.
Step 2: Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly, mix in formula or breast milk and fruits if desired
Step 3: Serve warm.
Baked Oatmeal Apple Cereal
- 1 small apple
- 1/4 cup ground oats
- 3/4 cup of water
Step 1: Peel, core and cut a small apple into small dices
Step 2: Place in a pan with 1/4 c ground oats and 3/4 c water
Step 3: Bring mixture to a slow boil. Simmer covered, checking frequently, until apples are soft and oatmeal is cooked.
Step 4: Be sure to stir and mash while cooking
Step 5: Mix in formula or breast milk or juice to thin if needed – puree if necessary
(sprinkle a bit of cinnamon in the cereal if your desire and if baby is ready for or has had cinnamon)
Oatmeal Scramble – A yummy finger food 8 months +
- 1 cup of cooked oatmeal
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup soft cooked veggies or fruits of your choice
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
Step 1: Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan
Step 2: Peel the banana
Step 3: Whisk the 2 egg yolks in a bowl
Step 4: Add the oatmeal and fruits or veggies to the warmed frying pan then add whisked egg yolks
Step 5: Gently scramble and fry until the yolks are fully cooked
Step 6: Break the Oatmeal Scramble into small pieces that your baby will easily manage and chew. You can also offer up a fruit puree as a dipping sauce.
Foods Good to Mix With Oatmeal:
Fruits, vegetables, yogurt and meats are all good foods to add and mix with oatmeal homemade baby cereals.
Try a Homemade Oatmeal Bath to Soothe Eczema or Dry Winter Skin
Quick and Easy Method
Place 2 cups of Quick or Old Fashioned Oats into one leg of a nylon stocking; close open end by tying a knot.
Place stocking under faucet; turn water on to full force, using warm water at a comfortable temperature. When finished filling tub, “swirl” stocking back & forth through water 5 or 6 times.
Lift stocking above water and wring to squeeze water and starch out of stocking. Discard stocking — do NOT reuse.
Soak in tub as recommended by physician or for 15 to 20 minutes. Gently pat dry. Use once or twice daily, or as directed by physician.
FOR INFANTS: Use 1/3 cup and follow instructions above. Soak infant (in infant bath tub) for 10 minutes or as directed by physician.
Blender/Food Processor Method
Place 1 cup Quick or Old Fashioned Oats into food processor or blender; grind oats into finest powder possible.
Turn water on to full force, using warm water at a comfortable temperature. Slowly sprinkle oat powder under running water.
Stir water thoroughly to avoid clumping or settling. Soak in tub as recommended by physician or for 15 to 20 minutes. Gently pat dry. Use once or twice daily, or as directed by physician.
INFANTS: Use 1/3 cup and follow instructions above. Soak infant (in infant bath tub) for 10 minutes or as directed by physician
Nutritious and tasty, oatmeal baby cereal is easy to make can be combined with any food that your baby likes.
Do Oats Contain Gluten?
Oats do not contain the same gluten as wheat however they may become contaminated with the gluten from other grains such as wheat. Oats are commonly processed together with grains that do contain gluten.Many producers of oats will note if the oats have been processed alone or with other grains. If your family has a history of celiac disease, it would be prudent for you to ask your pediatrician about
Quaker Oats offers the following suggestions for mixing Oatmeal with yummy foods – please make sure YOUR mixes are age appropriate, with allergens in mind, for your baby.
Raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg
Honey and honey crunch flavor wheat germ
Applesauce and cinnamon
Low-fat granola and skim milk
Raspberry nonfat yogurt and dried cranberries
Apricot fruit spread and sliced almonds
Sliced strawberries, plain nonfat yogurt and brown sugar
Maple syrup and chopped toasted pecans
Canned crushed pineapple, sliced bananas and chopped macadamia nuts
Strawberry nonfat yogurt and sliced kiwi
Sliced bananas and vanilla nonfat yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon
Reduced fat peanut butter and strawberry fruit spread
Chopped dates, walnuts and cinnamon
Pear slices, maple syrup and cinnamon
Coarsely chopped peaches and ground ginger
Diced dried apricots or diced dried mixed fruit and honey
Pumpkin or apple butter and raisins
Blueberry fruit spread, vanilla or plain nonfat yogurt and nutmeg
Orange marmalade and dried cranberries
Coarsely chopped apple, brown sugar, cinnamon and dates
Orange or tangerine low fat yogurt and mandarin orange segments
Mixed dried fruit
Cherry preserves and wheat germ
Reduced fat caramel topping and chopped pecans
Whole berry cranberry sauce
Applesauce and maple syrup
Blueberries and sliced strawberries sprinkled with cinnamon sugar
Sliced bananas and mini semisweet morsels
Warm apple pie filling and skim milk
Brown sugar and apple pie spice
Chopped dried figs and mashed ripe banana