EASY BANANA AND QUINOA PORRIDGE | 6 mos+ |🌈🔥💪🌱
This warm quinoa porridge is swimming in a sweet, creamy broth flavored with bananas and vanilla. A perfect mushy food for babies starting solids. It is filled with texture, flavor, and made with nutritious superfoods!
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What makes this quinoa porridge so good for your baby?
Each serving of quinoa has 8 grams of plant-based protein.
Bananas are full of potassium and naturally sweet, so you can skip the added sugars babies don't need.
When cooked in cow's milk, this breakfast porridge is high in calcium.
By topping the porridge with chia seeds, you add Omega 3 fatty acids and a hefty dose of fiber (not to mention some nice contrast in texture.)
This workshop covers everything you need to know for dealing with gagging, reducing the risk of choking during mealtimes, and offering safe food sizes and shapes to your child.
EASY BANANA AND QUINOA PORRIDGE
Start your baby's day with a protein-packed, calcium rich bowl of this Easy Banana and Quinoa Porridge and know that your baby's morning will be fueled with nutrients they need to grow, develop, and play!
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Course: Breakfast Prep: 5 min Cook: 15-20 min Servings: 4 baby (2 adult)
4 oz (1/2 cup) dried quinoa
1 cup milk – you can use breast milk, formula, whole cow's milk, or plant milk of choice
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1. For best results, soak quinoa in 1 cup water overnight. This step is not necessary, but helps create a softer, more porridge-like consistency.
2. Blend the milk with the banana, and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture into a small saucepan. Add the quinoa and bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed (until thickened), stirring every few minutes. Stir in the chia seeds (optional). Puree if desired. Serve to baby via spoon-feeding, or in a suction bowl or on a preloaded spoon that you can place on their tray for self-feeding.
Suitable: for the whole family from 6 months old.
Age up: If offering this dish to an older child (2+ years old) or an adult who likes things sweet, feel free to drizzle their serving with a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. The bananas make this dish sweet enough for babies so no need to add it to their serving
You may add an egg to this breakfast porridge recipe to naturally boost protein and iron content. Make sure to first introduce egg on its own and rule out allergies and/or intolerance.
You may also add peanuts or tree nuts to this recipe, adding healthy fats and exposing your baby to other food allergens. Make sure to first introduce peanuts or tree nuts on its own and rule out allergies and/or intolerance. Before adding it to the recipe, grind nuts until it becomes a powder to reduce the risk of choking for children under 4 years of age.
Involving your children:
Under 6+ months: have them watch you prepare; show them how to peel the banana; let them try to peel the banana.
18+ months: show them how to and let them try to cut the banana with a kids safe plastic knife; show them how to and let them try to add/mix ingredients; show them how to and let them try to dish out this porridge into bowls.
★Focus on offering single ingredient foods or very simple recipes (1-3 ingredients) at the early stages - the first 1-2 months of starting solids. You may offer more elaborated recipes on a more occasional basis for babies beginning to eat. This will help your baby get familiar with the natural taste of foods but still getting it "pimped-up" in recipes every once in a while. It will also allow you to expose your baby to a few different foods, and make it easier for you to rule out some possible food allergies or intolerance before you start offering preparations with several ingredients regularly.
★It is not necessary to blend the bananas into the milk. You can simply slice the bananas and let them fall apart into the quinoa as the porridge cooks. I personally prefer to blend the bananas for creamy quinoa oatmeal that is equally sweet in every bite.
🌈 - this recipe contains colorful foods. We recommend including a fruit and/or a vegetable at each meal.
💪 - this recipe contains iron-rich foods. We recommend including an iron-rich food at each meal.
🔥 - this recipe contains high-calorie foods. We recommend including a high-calorie food at each meal.
🌱 - this recipe is a great choice for plant-based babies.
🥇 - this recipe contains foods that are a great choice for baby's first food.
💪- this recipe contains iron-rich food. We recommend including an iron-rich food at each meal.
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🔥 - this recipe contains high-calorie food. We recommend including a high-calorie food at each meal.
💪 - this recipe contains iron-rich food. We recommend including iron-rich food at each meal.
🌈 - this recipe contains colorful food. We recommend including a fruit and/or a vegetable at each meal.
🥇 - this food is a great choice for baby's first food.
🌱 - this recipe is a great choice for plant-based babies.
💩 - this recipe contains food that helps prevent or treat constipation.
🥜 - this recipe contains contains peanuts, a common food allergen.
🍳 - this recipe contains egg, a common food allergen.
🐄 - this recipe contains cow's milk, a common food allergen.
🌾 - this recipe contains contains wheat, a common food allergen.
✳️ - this recipe contains contains soy, a common food allergen.
💮 - this recipe contains sesame seed, a common food allergen.
🌰 - this recipe contains tree nuts, a common food allergen.
🐠 - this recipe contains fish, a common food allergen.
🍤 - this recipe contains shellfish, a common food allergen.
⚠️ - this recipe contains a common choking hazard. Make sure to follow age and preparation guidelines.
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