This quinoa porridge for babies blended with strawberries, bananas, and prunes is a delicious and nutritious quinoa porridge that your baby will love. At least my baby girl does!
Quinoa is suitable for babies six months and older who are ready to start eating solid food. Solid starts gives quinoa a 5-star nutrition rating for babies for many good reasons.
Benefits of this baby quinoa porridge
The seed quinoa contains all the essential amino acids and is an excellent source of magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, folate, and iron. It is also a good source of B vitamins, including B6, thiamine, riboflavin, plus the minerals selenium and zinc, which are crucial minerals for the immune system.
B vitamins and magnesium are essential for energy production. Although most likely, your baby has lots of energy and is keeping you a busy mama, so you might want to dig into this quinoa porridge for babies yourself. Make a blended quinoa porridge for your baby and a blended whole food version for yourself to boost your energy levels!
This quinoa porridge for babies with strawberries and bananas is a good source of iron, especially for babies. Combining iron-rich foods such as quinoa with vitamin C found in strawberries helps absorb iron for babies.
Vitamin C is also an essential nutrient for the immune system. As moms, we all want our babies to have a healthy immune system. We can help ensure that our babies are getting the essential nutrients required by the immune system to function optimally through nutrient-dense whole foods such as this strawberry banana quinoa porridge for babies.
I introduced this quinoa porridge to my baby girl at eight months, and I must say she loved it. She hasn’t loved all the purees I have given her, so it must be good! Isn’t it all about trial and error anyways and just offering our babies good wholesome, nutritious food?
Tips and Substitutions for making baby quinoa porridge
The best way to sweeten a quinoa porridge for babies is with prunes, which is also one of the best foods for baby constipation.
Anyone looking for quinoa porridge recipes for babies has to try this blended quinoa porridge. It has a reasonably thick texture, so you can always add more almond milk or water for a thinner puree. If your baby has been on purees for a while, you can leave the quinoa unblended to get your baby used to different textures.
I used almond milk in this quinoa porridge for babies, although the almond milk can be substituted with formula milk or water. Almonds are a possible allergenic food for babies, so make sure you are comfortable with your baby having a small amount of almond milk in this quinoa porridge.
I love quinoa as it is nutritious and only takes 15 minutes to cook, so it’s super easy to whip up this quinoa porridge for babies. Use two parts water to 1 part quinoa when cooking quinoa. Bring the water to a boil, add the quinoa, then simmer on low for 15 minutes.
If I ever have leftover quinoa from a dinner meal, I use it to make a quinoa porridge for my baby or myself.
Freeze any extras from this strawberry banana baby quinoa porridge into rubber ice cube trays, then pull out as needed for follow-up meals.
Quinoa Porridge for Babies With Strawberries and Banana
- double boiler
- High speed blender
- 1 cup frozen strawberries or fresh
- 1 banana
- 1 prune
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- ¼ cup almond milk
- Place frozen strawberries, banana and prunes in the top pot of a double boiler over boiling water. Steam for 5 minutes then transfer into a blender with 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa and blend with 1/4 cup almond milk until smooth.
- Portion extras into a rubber ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen transfer into a freezer bag where it will store for 3 months.