We’ve been loving starting baby girl’s day with these easy baked oatmeal fingers lately. They’re easy to batch prep for both of us to enjoy all week long. I originally offered oatmeal as the typical creamy consistency on a spoon and it was just a huge mess. We’ve been doing baby led weaning and it’s been super fun and super messy.
The baked oatmeal fingers allow babies the opportunity to hold the oatmeal and feed themselves a lot easier than traditional creamy oatmeal. The base recipe includes three simple ingredients- oats, milk, and bananas. I’ve been loving including some cinnamon and chia seeds too. Other times I’ve included vanilla extract or flax seed. This recipe has become even simpler for me because I use frozen bananas. I defrost them for a little and then mash up into the mixture as you would a fresh banana!
This recipe is a great base to slowly introduce new foods to your baby as mix-ins,. You could try other mashed fruits, ground nuts or seeds, etc. I often slather nut butter or mashed avocado atop them as well. You could try yogurt too! I sometimes have a hard time finding bread in the grocery store that has clean ingredients, so I prefer using these baked oatmeal fingers since I know what’s in them.
I like to double or triple this recipe to make a dozen or so baked oatmeal fingers for the week. The recipe below makes four and fills half of a loaf pan to bake. I cut them at a two-finger width, as suggested by baby led weaning experts.
Some other recipes Sloane has loved so far include these BEST EVER SWEET POTATO FRIES and EVERYTHING BAGEL LATKES. If you’re new to baby led weaning, I highly recommend the Solid Starts website and app. These are great resources to learn more about the benefits and how to safely approach solids with your baby.
- 1/3 c oats
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1/4 banana, mashed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Grease a loaf pan and set it aside. Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a small mixing bowl, mash the banana until smooth.
- Then add all other ingredients and stir to combine.
- Transfer mixture to the greased loaf pan and smooth to cover half of the pan. This will make four oatmeal fingers.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy.
Keeps in refrigerator for up to three days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.