Homemade Baby Muesli

When you have a dairy free baby, one of the biggest challenges is finding a suitable breakfast option. Dairy free baby porridges and cereals are rare, limited in choice and are also often expensive. If you want variety for your little one, homemade baby muesli is definitely the way to go. The recipe is so easy and versatile and you can chop and change ingredients to suit your preferences or even just to use up what is in your cupboard. You can also adapt the size of the ingredients to suit what your child can manage at each stage. If you are worried about keeping up calcium levels you can also opt to include calcium rich ingredients, such as the flax and chia seeds and dried apricot used in this recipe. Once you start making your own muesli, you wont go back. Make sure you make plenty as the rest of the household will want some too!

Suitable from around 10 months, once baby is managing lumpy textures such as rice or risotto

The recipe below makes enough muesli to fill a 1.5 litre jar

Ingredients

4 cups of porridge oats
1 cup of desiccated coconut
1 cup of flaked almonds
1 and a half cups of soft dried apricots (or a dried berries such as cranberries)
1 cup of sultanas
4 tablespoons Chai seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius/ 180 degrees Celsius if using a fan oven.
2. Place oats on a large baking tray, don't worry if they overlap. Pop them on a low shelve in the oven and toast the oats for about 5 minutes, giving them a little shake half way through.
3. Remove from oven and pour into a large mixing bowl.
4. Add the desiccated coconut, chai and flax seeds.
5. Next, using a very sharp large cooks knife, chop the flaked almonds a small handful at a time into small pieces that your little one can manage. These should be no bigger than a grain of rice. Then add them to the mixing bowl.
6. Take the cup of sultanas and chop just as you did the flaked almonds. The sultanas tend to stick together so you will need to look closely to make sure non escape. Once you are sure there are no whole sultanas left, add them to the mixing bowl.
7. Finally, chop the dried apricot. If you stack 3-4 apricots on top of each other and slice thinly one way than another with your sharp knife, you will achieve the right sized pieces. Add to the mixing bowl carefully so that the pieces do not stick together and stir well. Once mixed, the muesli can then be stored in an air tight container ready for use.

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