As I prepared the recipe below earlier in the week, with my helpful little sous chef munching on the ingredients, I thought I was onto a winner. Freddie had other ideas… happy to eat the dried fruits and chopped nuts on their own, once they were all cooked and mixed together he was not a fan of the mixture of textures. Depending on what combination he got in his mouth he either chewed away happily and swallowed or opened his mouth and let it dribble out – quite disgusting! In desperation and trying hard not to let my frustration show I decided to blend it together into a smoothish purée which true to form he then gobbled down.
Well I thought it was delicious even if my Freddie didn’t to start with. Maybe you will have more luck with your little ones! I would definitely advise leaving out the nuts if your child doesn’t have all their teeth and, if your child isn’t a fan of lumps, blending to give it an even consistency so you don’t go through the same fiasco I did.
While I was researching this post I came across this article by the Guardian called How to cook the perfect porridge and it reminded me that winters are in fact much much tougher to get through in the UK than in little old New Zealand
We hope you enjoy this great Porridge with fruit and nuts recipe.
- 1 cup oats (I use half rolled oats and half wholegrain oats)
- 2 cups whole milk
- 5 dried apricots
- 5 dates
- 5 dried apple rings
- small handful raisins
- small handful mixed unsalted nuts – pistachios, brazil nuts and almonds are a tasty combination
- Chop all the dried fruit into small pieces.
- Chop all the nuts into small pieces and put aside.
- Place the dried fruit, oats and milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil stirring constantly. Simmer for approximately 2 minutes until it thickens and reaches your desired consistency.
- Serve topped with a sprinkle of the chopped nuts.