This banana porridge for babies, toddlers, and adults is super quick to make and nutritious. It’s sweetened naturally with banana and the spices cinnamon and nutmeg. I added smooth peanut butter and hemp seeds to balance the carbohydrates in oatmeal with unprocessed fats and protein.
I swear this banana porridge has been my savior so many times as my baby girl loves oatmeal and banana. Lately, she has snubbed a few of my new baby-friendly dinner meals, so as a backup, I have made this easy banana porridge for babies that is ready in 5 minutes. My girl can eat oatmeal for breakfast and dinner, especially if it is a banana porridge.
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The banana porridge for babies contains seven ingredients:
- Quick oats
- Peanut butter
- Hemp seeds
- Almond milk
Tips for making this banana porridge for babies or toddlers
This banana porridge is made using quick oats, which are great for young babies and cooks super fast. If you have a toddler or are cooking the banana porridge for yourself, you can use rolled oats instead, although they will require a longer cooking time.
I use a sweet ripe banana that is super soft and cut it into small bite-size quarters. Alternatively, you can also mash the banana for younger babies or yield a mushy texture with no chunks.
How to make porridge with quick oats
Bring ½ a cup of water to a boil, then add hemp seeds and peanut butter. Stir with a spoon until the peanut butter is dispersed in the water.
Add half a cup of quick oats to the boiling water and stir. Let the quick oats cook for 1-2 minutes. While the oatmeal is cooking, peel and chop one banana into quartered chunks, cut thinly then add to the oatmeal with almond milk. Spice with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg if desired.
Turn off the heat, stir the banana porridge, then pour it into a bowl for your baby and let them enjoy it!
This banana oatmeal makes one medium-size serving for adults or older toddlers and two smaller servings for younger babies. I frequently double this recipe to make enough for me and my one-year-old.
If I am not hungry for breakfast, I will make a for my baby girl and serve any leftovers for an afternoon snack.
You can also add plain yogurt to this banana porridge instead of almond milk for a thick and creamy porridge. I also add a couple of teaspoons of this chia and flax pudding if I have some made up!
Banana porridge is such a great meal for babies and toddlers. It is super quick to make, nutritious, yummy, and a better alternative to processed breakfast cereals.
The addition of peanut butter and hemp seeds balances the carbohydrates in the oatmeal with healthy fats and plant protein. Adding hemp seeds to porridge is one of the best ways to use hemp seeds and boost your baby’s nutrition.
Peanut butter, oats, banana, and hemp seeds are all excellent magnesium sources, an essential mineral to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes. Both obesity and type 2 diabetes are on the rise in adults and children. A magnesium deficiency is an underlying cause of obesity that should not be overlooked, especially when children eat processed breakfast cereals that deplete the body and magnesium stores.
Oatmeal is such an easy and healthy breakfast for babies, and it is easy to keep an oatmeal porridge interesting by adding a variety of different fruits such as bananas. This apple oatmeal for babies is another breakfast porridge that my baby girl loves.
I hope you enjoy making this refined sugar-free banana porridge for babies that is vegan, healthy, and yummy! If your baby or toddler loves bananas and you are looking for banana breakfast ideas, you are in for a treat when you make this banana porridge for babies.
My toddler absolutely loves banana porridge and eats it almost every day for breakfast these days. It’s quick, easy, and great for baby-led weaning.
When I add bananas to porridge, my toddler doesn’t seem to get sick of it and gets excited every morning when I say I am going to make her some oatmeal with bananas. I switch up this banana porridge for babies by adding flax and chia seeds or ground nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Banana Porridge for Babies with Peanut Butter
- Chopping board
- Bring the water to boil then add hemp seeds and peanut butter and stir until dispersed. Add quick oats and cook for 2 minutes.
- Chop a banana into quartered chunks and add to the pot with almond milk, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir then pour into a bowl for your baby or toddler to enjoy!