Homemade Oat Bars

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These filling and healthy oat bars, are so easy to make. I have added some seasonal flavours: chopped apple, cinnamon and raisins. The basic recipe is a brilliant one for weaning, if you are looking from some baby-led weaning ideas. This recipe is really versatile so add flavours you like.

Here I am sharing two versions:

  • Apple, Raisin and Cinnamon
  • Pear, Ginger and Chocolate Drops
 
Apple, Raisin and Cinnamon
  • 100 standard oats
  • (not jumbo, or rolled)
  • 100ml organic milk
  • 1/2 apple, cored and diced (grated for small babies)
  • 20g raisins (omit for small babies)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
 

Preheat the oven to 180C fan. In a bowl then combine: oats, milk, chopped apple, raisins and cinnamon. Mix the ingredients well until everything is combined, with the fruit spread evenly throughout the mix. Take an over proof dish, or tray, line with baking paper: empty the oat mix into the dish. Flatten and push the mix to the edges of the dish using a spatula, until you have a flat oat bar. Cook in the oven for 20-25 mins until golden and toasted. Remove from the oven and allow the oat bar to cool, in the dish. Then cut into squares and enjoy. Once cooled you can store in an airtight container for a couple of days also, if they last that long.

 
Pear, Ginger and Chocolate
  • 100g oats (standard not jumbo or rolled)
  • 100ml milk
  • 1/2 pear, finely diced, or if firm enough grated for smaller children
  • 20-30g chocolate buttons, or chocolate drops (optional not suitable for children younger than 12 months*) 
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* chocolate contains caffeine, so ideally no chocolate under 2 years in its bought form and not before 12 months
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Preheat the oven to 190C (fan oven). In a bowl combine the oats, milk, dried ginger, finely diced pear & chocolate ~ mix well so all the ingredients are combined. Take an oven proof dish lined with greaseproof paper: empty the mix into the dish and push to the edges, pressing down flat with a spatula.Cook in the oven until golden 20-25 mins. Remove from the oven and allow the bar to cool in the dish, then cut into squares and enjoy. 

 
Quick Tips ~
  • Allow the oat bar to cool in its baking tin, or tray, before cutting and the oat bars (although crumbly) will hold their shape better
  • You can sweeten these for older children with a tablespoon of maple syrup, however I prefer them unsweetened.