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.
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
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.
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!!