Have you ever heard of Baby Oatmeal fingers? They are the perfect way for you to turn messy oatmeal feeding time into baby-led weaning finger food time—all the goodness of oatmeal without the mess.
These mixed berry baby oatmeal fingers will have your little one happy to be eating on their own with easy-to-hold baby fingers. They are packed with all-natural ingredients with no added sugar.
Sweetened with mashed banana, making them a perfect afternoon snack to help your babe practice their new eating skills.
This baby oatmeal finger recipe gives you the complete freedom to add in different foods to adapt to your baby’s tastes—packed full of substitutions and add-ins. You can have this recipe on repeat, with a new spin to keep your baby interested and happy.
What age can your baby enjoy these oatmeal fingers?
These berry baby oatmeal fingers are best suited for six months of age and older (when they get their first teeth).
You can always start with mashed bananas, breast milk, and oats. Then slowly add in the other ingredients. This baby finger recipe allows you to have full control of how many foods you choose to introduce at once.
Freeze for teething
Freeze this recipe to make the perfect teething soother. They can suck on theses frozen mixed berry baby fingers to soothe their swollen gums. Always supervise a baby when they are eating.
When your little one can eat a variety of foods, then you can change up this recipe and add in a bunch of the additional add-ins that I have listed below. Toddlers love these baby fingers as they can take them on the run and hold them while playing.
Benefits of these baby oatmeal fingers
All these ingredients are nutritious and delicious for your growing little one and easily found at your local store.
If you can purchase organic ingredients for this recipe, that would eliminate the extra pesticides that could be ingested by your baby.
If you are unable to buy organic ingredients, purchase a vegetable wash from a local health food store and wash your berries. You can also let them soak in water with a little vinegar to remove excess chemicals and waxes.
The oats in this recipe:
- Provides gentle fibre to support little tummies.
- Contains naturally occurring iron for baby’s development.
- Provides essential minerals for growing bones.
The berries in this recipe:
- Provides a great source of water to keep them hydrated.
- Contains a source of fibre for optimal digestion.
- Packs antioxidants and vitamins to help support a healthy growing body.
What you will need to make your Mixed Berry Baby Fingers
- Glass ovenproof dish 7X7 is the size I used. But a 6X6 or 8X8 would work too.
- A sharp knife.
- Storage container.
- Parchment paper
- Rolled oats- I used quick rolled oats. You can also use the regular rolled oats. I would not suggest using steel cut oats in this recipe as it will not hold together properly.
- Berries- I used blueberries and raspberries.
- Milk- You can use rice milk, almond milk, cashew milk, cows milk, or breast milk.
- Bananas- You can use overripe bananas if you have them for a sweeter taste.
Cooking Your Baby Fingers
These baby fingers turn out best when they are cooked in an oven using an ovenproof glass dish. You can use a cookie sheet, but I find that this browns the edges of the fingers too much. I did try a silicone dish, and this worked almost as well as the ovenproof glass, so that can be a great option if you have one.
If you don’t have an oven, you can use a microwave. Always use a microwave-safe glass instead of plastic to stop the plastic from leaching chemicals into your baby’s food.
Your Mixed berry baby fingers will seem slightly underbaked, as it doesn’t brown well, but this makes them soft and comfortable for your little one to eat.
Substitutions are easy to incorporate in this baby finger recipe, supporting your baby if he or she has allergies, food preferences, or food intolerances.
Mashed Banana – You can sub for pumpkin puree, carrot puree, or mashed mango.
Blueberries– You can sub for blackberries.
Fresh berries– this recipe calls for fresh berries. You can use frozen as well. Just take out of the freezer and let thaw. Pour off excess liquid. Or you can omit 2 tbsp of milk in the recipe and make with berries straight from the freezer.
Milk – You can sub for breast milk, oat milk, cashew milk, rice milk or almond milk. I find using a kind without sugar is optimal.
These baby fingers are fantastic just the way they are, but there are so many other nutritious ingredients that you can add to keep your little ones taste buds happy and their tummies healthy. Of course, please make sure these ingredients are appropriate for your baby and toddler’s ages.
If you wanted to add in more protein and healthy fat, you can add-in one additional seed or nut.
- Hemp seeds
- Pumpkin seeds ( chopped finely)
- Sunflower seeds (chopped finely)
- Walnuts (chopped finely)
- Pecans (chopped finely)
- Almonds (chopped finely)
- Unsweetened finely shredded coconut
- Any raw nut butter
Sneak in some vegetables into your babies baby fingers by adding in some puree from:
Want to add in spice to help develop your babies’ taste pallet? Try a tiny pinch of one of the following aromatic spices (safe to introduce after six months of age):
To make these baby fingers gluten-free.
Make sure you source gluten-free oats. Oats are naturally grown gluten-free, but most oats are processed in facilities that all also process wheat and other glutenous grains—causing cross-contamination. Look for labels that say certified gluten-free on the bags of oats.
To make these mixed berry fingers dairy-free.
You can make these mixed berry oatmeal fingers dairy-free by using rice milk, nut milk, or even breast milk.
Storing your Mixed Berry Baby Oatmeal Fingers
Store your oatmeal baby fingers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can let them warm up to room temperature before serving, or you can serve cold.
Freeze these mixed berry baby fingers in an airtight bag or storage container and store up to a month. You can serve right out of the freezer if your baby is teething to soothe their swollen gums. Or warm up to room temperature by letting sit on the counter.
I hope you enjoy making these versatile mixed berry baby fingers for your precious little one. Please share your kitchen journies with us by commenting down in the comment section.
We love to hear how your babe enjoyed these baby-wed snacks. My husband and I love these mixed berry baby oatmeal fingers too, so make extra because the baby might not get any, lol.
Oatmeal Baby Fingers Recipe
- 1 cup quick rolled oats
- 1 medium banana or 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 6 tbsp any type of milk (see suggestions above) I used oat milk
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- Line your glass 7X7 glass ovenproof dish with parchment paper.
- Mash banana in a medium-sized bowl.
- Then add in milk, oats, raspberries and blueberries.
- Mix well together and mash any large blueberries and raspberries.
- Spread your oat mixture into the glass dish to smooth out the top to make it flat. The bars should be 1/2 inch thick.
- Bake in the oven, on the middle rack for 18-20 minutes. When you press the center, it shouldn’t be squishy; it should be slightly hard.
- Take out of the oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
- Cut into eight fingers with a sharp knife when cool.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Or freeze for up to one month. These make great baby teeth soothers when frozen.
Always supervise your baby when eating.