Glorious Grains! by 8-9 months its recommended to start introducing more grains, seeds and cereals. Millet is a great option to start with. Often found as a key ingredient in bird seed its has a mildly sweet, nutty flavour. It’s gluten-free, high in protein, B vitamins (B3, B6, and B9) also has calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
This recipe below is an expanded version of one found in ‘What do I feed my Baby’. I’ve provided the details on how to cook Millet.
Apple Millet porridge
1/4 of organic millet meal
1 cup of water
1 large apple, peeled , cored and roughly chopped.
Shake of cinnamon spice
Add the millet to boiling water and cook until the water is completely absorbed. Reduce heat, add apple and shake over cinnamon and let it simmer for an additional ten minutes. Less water will result in a fluffier texture, while more water will result in a denser texture.
Apple should be soft but still in tact. You can mash with a fork or leave in bite sizes pieces for older babies.
Add a dollop of yogurt, sprinkle of LSA meal (ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds)
Add additional seasonal fruit such as blueberries and banana
Freezes well, best to reheat back in the saucepan. You may need to add additional water to soften it up.
Shopping tip – Coles has a very good range of different grain meal, they average between $5-$8. They should last a while, keep them in a cool, dark and dry place.