This combination of ingredients is sweet, creamy and very healthy. It’s also very versatile: if you are doing it for a 6-month-old baby who is just starting with solid foods, you can use only the oats and apple. If it’s for a baby that has been introduced to seasoning and dry fruits, use the cinnamon and dates. Also, you can use this for a toddler, a kid, or even an adult, just by not pouring the oats.
First step will be cooking the oats, I like to do it separately from the apples because this way you can add more or less oats depending on the texture you are looking for. So cook the oats in the traditional way you are used to.
- Bring water to boil in a small saucepan.
- Add the oats, salt and cinnamon stick and turn the heat down to low.
- Stir constantly and cook until oats are smooth and thick, around 10 minutes.
- Get rid of the cinnamon stick.
Next, we will make this “apple and date sauce.”
- Peel, core and chop apples.
- Deseed and chop dates.
- In a medium saucepan combine apples, water and dates.
- Cover and cook on low heat until tender, around 10 minutes.
- Transfer ingredients to blender and purée.
Now you have two options: if your baby is already eating small chunks of food, then I will recommend leaving the oatmeal as it is. In a small plate put some oatmeal and this “apple sauce” you just made, until you find the texture you like.
If your baby is just starting then you should puree everything in the blender. The oatmeal gives a very nice and creamy taste to the apples.
This recipe will make a big batch of apple & oats, (this way you don’t have to cook so often) and what I like to do is to freeze the extra portions in ice cube trays and store in Ziploc bags. Don’t forget to name and date your baby food.