Apple Oat Bars
- 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
One key tip: 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.
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; I make another version with Pear, Ginger and Chocolate Drops, which my little girl really enjoys. You can sweeten these for older children with a tablespoon of maple syrup, however I prefer them unsweetened.
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, this will stop the bar cracking and help the oat bar (although crumbly) hold its shape. 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.