One among the easy &quicky recipe’s is Creamy Oats Porridge.
What do we need for this preparation :
- A non -stick Pan or a thick bottom pan
- 3 tbsp Instant porridge oats
- 200ml milk
- 2 tsp sugar
- Dissolve sugar in the milk over a medium heat. Stir in the oats porridge and simmer for 5-10 minutes stirring continuously.
- Add more milk if the mixture becomes too thick or stir in Baby Rice to achieve the desired smooth consistency.
- Cool and serve your baby.
Variation : Stir in some Apple juice or other fruity flavors for Flavour enhancement.
Regularly eating oats…
**Lowers the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
**Helps guard against cancer
**Reduces the symptoms of asthma
**Lowers cholesterol and aids in the prevention of heart disease
**Boosts the body’s immune system
Types of oats
When oats are harvested, they have a tough, inedible hull which has to be removed before cooking. Once the hull is removed, you are left with the delightfully named oat groats.
- Oat groats take a LONG time to cook (around 50 mins) and need to be cooked in more water than ‘regular’ oats (three parts water to one part groats). They have a lovely chewy texture… but probably a little too much texture for your baby to enjoy! When the groats are cut into 2 or 3 pieces, they are known as steel cut oats.
- Steel cut oats come in various thicknesses and generally have a hearty texture. They take longer to cook than ‘regular’ oats – around 30 mins – but generally require less water in preparation than oat groats (only 2 parts water to 1 part steel cut oats). Sometimes, oat groats are steamed then passed through rollers, giving you rolled oats or old fashioned oats.
- Rolled oats vary in size and thickness and are sometimes flaked before rolling. Regular rolled oats take around 15 mins to cook, whereas thinner flakes or ‘Quick Oats’ may cook in as little as five. Rolled oats generally require 1 part oats to 2 parts water in preparation (although instructions are usually provided on the packaging).
- Instant oats are cut fine and rolled extremely thinly. They simply require the addition of boiling water – but, although still a whole grain product, tend to be less nutritious because they have usually had sugar, salt or other flavourings added to them.
Whenever you buy any oat products for your baby, you need to make sure that the only ingredients listed on the label are oats, or rolled oats.