A healthy breakfast, a quick snack, a nutritious dessert or a baby’s first food. These blueberry and banana porridge bars are perfect for so many occasions. They’re very easy to make and can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
Are these porridge bars suitable for babies?
Porridge bars are the perfect finger food for babies. I’ve made a lot of different oat recipes for babies over the years and my healthy flapjacks and my porridge fingers recipes are two of the most popular recipes on Sneaky Veg.
Many babies start out with some form of porridge as their first food. Their first taste of oats could be the very fine baby porridge that comes in packets or a classic porridge or oatmeal cooked at the stove.
Oats are nutritious, filling and full of energy – perfect food for little ones.
The only (minor) problem with porridge is the mess. If you’re spoon feeding your baby this is manageable but if you’re following baby led weaning it’s quite the opposite.
Porridge gets everywhere!
In fact my four year old still gets porridge smeared up his cheeks, all over his trousers, underneath the table surface and on the floor EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Enter porridge bars! I can’t guarantee that they’ll be mess free. However, your baby or toddler will be able to pick them up and feed themselves without spoons and gloopy porridge flying everywhere.
They’re soft enough to be perfect for baby led weaning. Older babies and toddlers love them too. However, there’s no reason why the rest of the family can’t enjoy them just as much. They’re great in lunch boxes for older kids or as a healthy snack for adults too. Use plant-based milk and they’re suitable for vegans.
What ingredients do you need to make blueberry and banana porridge bars?
You will need the following ingredients to make these baked porridge bars:
- 250g oats
- 250ml milk of your choice
- 2 small bananas – the riper the better
- 200g blueberries
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp maple syrup – optional. Omit for a young baby.
Do you need any special equipment to make baked porridge squares?
You can make these porridge squares with equipment that you probably have in your kitchen already.
All you need is:
- weighing scales
- mixing bowl
- wooden spoon
- 20cm x 30cm baking tin
- non-stick baking paper.
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How to make blueberry banana porridge bars
Blueberry and banana porridge bars
- 250 g porridge oats
- 250 ml milk I use oat or hemp milk
- 2 small ripe bananas peeled and mashed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp maple syrup optional, omit for a young baby
- 200 g blueberries
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Grease a 20 x 30cm baking tin and line with non stick baking parchment.
Place 250g oats, 250ml milk, 2 small mashed bananas, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 2 tbsp maple syrup (if using) in a mixing bowl.
Mix well with a wooden spoon until all the oats are coated in the milk and banana mixture.
Add the blueberries and gently mix in.
Scrape the mixture into your prepared baking tin and press down well so the surface is flat. Press in any blueberries that are too close to the edge.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until turning golden brown on top.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin before cutting into 12 bars. If your baby is very young you may want to cut into smaller bars but make sure they're big enough to be gripped.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer.