Baby led weaning porridge bars

These have been a staple on our breastfast menu pretty much since we started baby led weaning. They are great for us because I can make them with a milk alternative and they’re so versatile. If I’ve had time to make an apple or mango purée, I use that along with the milk alternative as the base for these bars. If I’ve not had time, I tend to use a pre-prepared pouch of fruit purée.

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Porridge bars

Ingredients
1 cup porridge oats (not baby porridge)
1 cup milk, formula, water, fruit purée or a mixture of any of these
(optional) fresh fruit, e.g. blueberries, raisins, chopped cherries

Method
1. Mix the porridge oats and liquid together and leave for a minute until the oats have soaked up some of the liquid. Stir in fresh fruit, if using.
2. Place in a flat bottomed dish (I use an old takeaway container) and either cook for 2 minutes in the microwave or 30 minutes in the oven at 175C.
3. Leave to cool – preferably overnight – before slicing into bars.  Depending on the liquid you use, they’ll keep in the fridge for a few days or they can also be frozen. 

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When cooking, the secret I’ve found is to make sure that the mixture is pretty dried out all the way through. I’ve made a few batches where they’ve been still a bit soft in the middle and it just ends up messy!! 

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