Pears are low calorie fruits filled with good vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of fibre and therefore helps to improve digestion. Most of the fibre is is found in the skin and that is one of the reasons why you remove them when making puree for babies, because their body system are still too tender to digest it. You can however add it when making porridge for older kids and the rest of the family if you like.
The coconutty flavour in this porridge makes it distinct and delicious. I served mine with waffles made with my Dodo-Akara Pancake recipe and a little tweak to share soon.
Pear is also one good fruit that you can give to your toddler as a finger food to nibble on once it is soft. The hard ones can be a choking hazard for them as much as it is a fruit that is ideal (read my article on that here).
Pear and Oats Creamy Porridge Recipe
- ½ cup porridge oats
- 1 big or 2 small pears
- ½ cup coconut milk (about a small tin of 160 ml)
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ tsp grated nutmeg (or 1-2 finger pinch)
- ¼ tsp ground cloves (optional)
- pinch of salt
- Peel the back of pears if you want, cut into halve and remove the stalk in the middle, chop into small cubes and put in a pot.
- Add the water in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Add the oats, reduce to medium heat and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring while it boils.
- Slowly add the coconut milk, salt and spices while stirring till you get the consistency you want. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes while stirring.
- Remove from heat and serve.
*If making for babies, then puree to a smooth consistency or you can use ground oats and pear puree which you will add at the end of your cooking.