Overnight Baby Oats

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#AD My family has sensitive skin, so I am incredibly careful about what products I use in our household: from washing up detergents to daily moisturisers. I am also cooking all the time, meaning plenty of washing up which can be really tough on my hands. I started to use AVEENO® Baby shortly after my daughter was born. The products were incredibly gentle on my skin. I now use their skincare week-in and week-out: both for Mima, baby George and myself. 

For Allergy Awareness week I have created two recipes for AVEENO® Baby, to raise awareness about families dealing with sensitive skin or allergies. The first recipe is an overnight oats dish, which is quick and easy for parents to make and inspired by the oats used in their baby skin care range. One of my top tips is soaking oats first, before cooking them. There are valuable health benefits to soaking oats as it helps the starches break down, soothing your baby’s digestion. It’s a simple shopping list, so give this a go and make sure to check out the AVEENO® Baby range of gentle skin care products for your little one. 

 
  • 20g normal porridge oats, gluten free 

  • 130ml milk, or your usual milk, dairy/ or non-dairy

  • 1/2 tablespoon of natural yogurt, dairy or non-diary

  • 1/2 apple, cored, peeled and grated

  • 80g fresh blueberries 

 

Nutrition notes

Oats contain fibre which is beneficial for the digestive system. You can also opt for gluten free oats, should you wish too. This recipe is nutrient rich: it contains calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, various vitamins, to name but a few.  These nutrients are essential for bone health, neurological development and energy generation: so this is a great start to the day for your little one. 

You can use your milk of choice, should your baby have a dairy allergy, you can substitute with a plant-based milk of your choice. But, ensure you opt for a milk/ yogurt substitutes that provide adequate calories (especially fat and sufficient amounts of calcium). Organic milk substitutes often do not contain any calcium. Avoid all nut milks, should there be any history or nut allergy. Rice milk is not recommended in children under the age of 4 ½ years.  If your child is on a special infant formula check with your dietitian as to what milk substitute, they would recommend. 

 

To make the overnight oats

Take a bowl and add the oats, milk, yogurt and the grated apple: combine. Soak overnight for 12 hours +

In the morning take a sauce pan and add the soaked oat mixture. Cook on a low heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the oats are completely soft, piping hot and cooked through. Set aside to cool

To make the blueberry compote

Take the fresh blueberries and add to a pan with a tablespoon of water. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the blueberries are bursting, then blend until smooth. 

For babies under 1 years

You can blend the cooked oats using a hand blender; adding a little boiled water, until smooth. Stir through a spoon of the fresh blueberry compote

weaningMiriam Cooper