Oats Recipes For Babies (12 Months And Above)


I have grown up eating oats and it was more of a diet  staple .We were served plain oats with milk and I remember how I  use to get bored of them. (I think my mother did not know how to make it interesting. :-P).Still my mom was very particular about it  and insisted us to have it.

Since I was introduced to oats, I feel it is best to introduce oats to my child too.Oats/oatmeal has very high nutrition and so I consider it to be must include in baby’s diet chart.

Oats in its original form tastes very plain. So, to make it an interesting baby food the cooked oats need to be mixed with natural fruit flavors or any of the baby suitable flavors.




Oats Recipe:

In a thick pan, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of milk and boil it.When the start boiling add oats and continue heating in low flame .Keep stirring continuously.Serve when the hot porridge cools down.

Fruit Flavor:

For flavors, add tiny pieces apple. You could grate and add apple if you wish. Banana or dates can also be added.

Vegetable Flavor:

Grate carrot or beetroot and blanch them in hot boiling water for 5 minutes before adding oats to it.You can add salt rather than sugar in it.

Benefits of oatmeal:

  • Oats provide high fiber and proteins.
  • Oats reduces the risk of blood pressure and hypertension.
  • Lowers the level of cholesterol.
  • Reduces the risk of diabetes.
  • Also guards against heart failures and heart diseases.

 Note: These recipes are best suited for babies over 12 months. For babies between 6 to 12 months, you might have to use finely powdered oats for preparing the porridge.

Consult your doctor before introducing new recipes to your baby.

Do let us know any of your favourite oats recipe which you like to give it your baby 🙂


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  1. Chandni wot if we had t use the flavoured ones available in the market n grind n give..u think that wud be ok?

    • The flavored one available in the market are suitable for adults…i feel so. They have mostly masala flavors. How will masalas be fit for babies… !!!!!!

      • True..but not d masala ones..the fruit ones…I’ve seen some strawberry wala available…I toh hate oats to the core..ill prob end up making faces when trying to convince her…Hihi..

  2. I have never tried flavoured oats 🙂

    • I have tried them….but the satisfaction of healthy needs is obtained only by plain oats. Flavored oats seems a little artificial for me. Instead I prefer adding my own flavors for the plain oats.

    • Nor have I ….I hate oats! I feel like m havin sick food…how on earth will I convince Pravi to have it I dunno.. Hehe

  3. prerana sharma says:

    I also add a pinch of cinnamon powder with grated apple in my 18 month old’s oat porridge…sometimes cardamom powder too as my daughter loves cardamom flavor…

    also my baby doesn’t likes same thing everyday…so for a change i cook salty oats upma with steamed veggies like u said…
    the other day i mix the oats with semolina in 1:1 portion too…

    • Mixing oats with Semolina ? How do you do that ? Do you cook them separately?
      I don’t know if my baby likes same food or variety in food but I prefer to try out different recipes for her.:)

      • prerana sharma says:

        not separate cooking…i just dry roast 1 spoon suji ans 1 spoon oats in a kadai…in another pan boil 1and a half cup milk with a pinch of cardomom powder and put the roasted suji+oats in it and simmer for 3-4 min in low flame…while serving i add apple puree..
        do u remember Ana in 1 of your post about “how to increase breast milk u wrote u ate sabudana cooked in milk for a month…then daliya…and u got bored soon eating the same thing everyday…babies too get bored…so to create variety in baby food is also very important..they too have taste buds!!

  4. Hi Chandni! I am a Diet and Nutrition Consultant by Profession, just came across this post. Oats should not be given in more amounts to children, you can try giving other cereals like Jowar, Ragi, Bajra etc and that to in combination wih Wheat Flour or Rice.

  5. Hi Nidhi,
    Can you let us know the reason ? I have read such great thing about it here

  6. My husband and I eat oats for breakfast on weekdays and so it was a natural to give my son too. He has oats with milk and dryfruits (just like us) on weekdays. We started with powdered oats when he was smaller. Now he is 3 years old and loves it. I haven’t faced any problems giving him oats and it keeps him full and happy. I add cinnamon powder and jaggery (instead of sugar). Tried adding cooked fruits, he didn’t enjoy very much. Probably because before starting him on oats full time, he would take a couple of spoons from his dad or me and we had it with dry fruits only (no cooked fruits).

    • My baby loves it with fruits and i am going to try adding dryfruits next time…only thing is that i have to powder dry fruits before adding it to her meal

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