Baby Bird, like many small children, is addicted to Gerber Puff Cereal Snacks. She recognizes the container. She can smell them from the next room. She LOSES HER MIND when you stop giving them to her.
So I usually don’t stop. I let my mom or cousins ply her with puffs because they keep her happy and they’re only 25 calories for 60 puffs. But there’s no real nutritional value to them, and that bothers me.
I’ve been looking for a baby puff recipe for months, and I’ve yet to find one. So, I concocted oatmeal baby bites.
They’re just five ingredients, and they’re a great way to use up my Stage 2 baby food stash. Bonus: Baby Bird has had some constipation issues lately, and the bites are an easy way to get her to eat oatmeal, which her pediatrician said could help.
Over the course of a day, I made more than 300 bites: peach with a hint of lemon extract, apple/strawberry/banana, and sweet potato. Baby Bird and Mr. T have been plowing through the treats, so we only have about half of them left.
That tells me I must’ve done something right.
BTW: If you make the bites with all flour (three-quarters of a cup), add sharp cheddar cheese (eighth-cup), and sprinkle the tops with coarse-ground salt, they taste like Cheez-It crackers!
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus 1/8 cup
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Earth Balance (butter would work as well
- 4 ounce container of Stage 2 baby food
- Make the oat flour by running a half-cup of oatmeal through a food processor until it has a flour-like consistency.
- Add the all-purpose flour, baking powder and Earth Balance to the food processor, and pulse until the mixture resembles a crumble topping.
- Pour in the baby food and run the food processor until the mixture comes together into a sticky ball.
- Sprinkle flour from the extra eighth cup over the ball until you can cleanly pick it up.
- Put the dough into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to chill. This will make it easier to roll.
- Once the time has elapsed, lightly flour a rolling pin and a clean surface, and roll the dough out to about 1/8-inch thick.
- At this point, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet.
- Cut you dough into the shape of your choice using either cookie cutters or a knife. I cut one set of bites into small circles and the other two batches into tiny squares.
- Transfer the dough to the baking sheet and bake for 6 to 8 minutes.
- When done, the bites should be lightly toasted on the bottom. Keep a close eye on them, as you don't want the bottoms to become too toasted for Little One to eat.
There aren't any preservatives in these bites, so you need to store them in an air-tight container and consume them within five to seven days.