At first, my little guy (who is 6 months), was not a fan of banana. I was surprised, because everything I was reading seemed to indicate that most babies love bananas. Well, I made this cereal for him, and he loves it, despite the bananas! I think the difference might be texture. I think that because this was cooked and in a puree, he was more keen on it. The mashed banana, with a little milk, was just too weird of a texture I guess.
Because he loves this so much, I always wait to let him have some until after he has eaten a portion of his vegetable puree (recipe link). When it looks like he doesn’t want any more of the vegetable puree, I give him some bites of this cereal. He just gobbles it up :)
Baby Food: Banana Oatmeal w/Raisins
This recipe is my adaptation of a puree listed in the Organic Baby & Toddler Cookbook
3 tbs oats (I used steel cut, certified GF because that’s all I have ;))
2 medium bananas
1 heaping tbs raisins
2.5 cups water
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook on high until it starts bubbling. Cook for 3 minutes, then remove from the burner. Partially cover and let sit for 10-15 minutes. At this point it should be cool enough to add to your food processor (or a blender should work fine too). If not, let it continue to cool until you can blend it. Once blended, I gave him a small bowl to try, but then poured the rest of it into silicon muffin trays to go into the freezer. Once frozen, I pop the portions out and put them into a freezer safe ziploc style bag for when we need it.
I think we will try many variations of this fruit and cereal puree. It was so easy to make and my little guy really likes it. All I do with each of the frozen portions (about 1/3 cup each) is put them in a microwave safe bowl, cook for 45 seconds, and mix well. I always stick my finger in it to taste it before I give it to him, mostly to make sure it’s not too hot. Makes approximately 3 cups.
He likes this a lot better than the vegetable puree, as you can see ;)