This BLW cherry almond baked oatmeal baby finger food recipe is a perfect nutrient-dense iron-rich baby led weaning breakfast for your kids, toddlers and babies.
It’s been so fun to be able to share the BLW recipes I’ve been making for Baby E on my instagram and here on the blog. No joke, this blog has inspired me to keep things interesting for E so that I can supply you all with some great baby led weaning recipes and baby finger food ideas on the regular. This BLW cherry almond baked oatmeal baby finger food recipe is one that I have been making often in my house because it’s a less-messy way to serve oatmeal when using baby led weaning.
I mean, my son is now almost 10 months but he has yet to figure out proper “manners” when it comes to self-spoon feeding, so anything like oatmeal just ends like getting flung across the room and on the floor. When you make baby baked oatmeal, however, it’s a lot more sturdy, and baby can easily pick it up with his hands to self feed.
How to this Make Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal for BLW
In this cherry almond baked oatmeal, I add super ripe bananas, almond butter, eggs, oats, chia seeds, flax, cherries and hemp, and then bake the whole thing, casserole style, until it “sets”. Then I simply cut the baked oatmeal into perfect little finger foods for baby to be able to pick up and self-feed. Obviously, this recipe is not just for new eaters. It’s a perfect wholesome make-ahead breakfast recipe for kids, toddlers, babies and parents, alike!
Why is Baked Oatmeal a Great Baby Finger Food Recipe?
I love baked oatmeal for baby led weaning because it’s an easy way to sneak in lots of healthy nutrition without the need for any added sugar or salt. My cherry almond baked oatmeal is loaded with iron, antioxidants, omega 3, protein, healthy fats and fibre – all of the things I’m constantly trying to get into my kid every day.
Also, hello, low mess! If you’re just starting solids, you know how MESSY feeding a baby with baby led weaning can be. Thank goodness for our dog Poppy for being forever on clean-up duty. I love baked oatmeal because all of the bits are contained, they’re no longer “mushy” like regular oatmeal but is very soft and safe for beginner eaters.
Now lovelies, I would love to know – what are some of your go-to finger food recipes for baby led weaning?
Have you tried my cherry almond baked oatmeal for your kids, toddlers, and babies?
Leave me a comment below!
Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal Baby Finger Food
- 1 cup very ripe banana mashed (about 2 medium)
- 1/2 cup natural almond butter
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 tbsp white chia seeds
- 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup frozen cherries quartered
- 1 small banana sliced
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts
- Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 13×9″ pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together the ripe banana, almond butter, eggs, almond milk, oats, chia, flax, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powder.
- Transfer the oats to the pan, then top with chopped cherries, sliced banana and hemp hearts.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges and top is golden brown.
- Allow to fully cool in the pan, then cut into finger-sized strips. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.