These sweet potato & oat baby led weaning (blw) biscuits are a great way to use up any sweet potato leftovers. They are so quick & easy to make, using only 3 ingredients – and no added sugar! Perfect for dairy and egg free weaning.
What are the nutritional benefits of sweet potato oat biscuits for babies?
They may only have three ingredients, but these biscuits pack a big nutritional punch!
- Oats are a brilliant source of fibre and protein. They also contain complex carbohydrates, which provides longer lasting slow release energy.
- Sweet potatoes count towards our 5 a day (unlike white potatoes). They are high in fibre, beta carotene & vitamin C.
- Raisins are a source of iron, which is considered to be the most critical nutrient for babies. Raisins and sweet potato are the perfect combo as iron is absorbed more easily when paired with Vitamin C. Raisins also contain antioxidants, and a small amount of calcium – every little helps!
- It is worth noting that raisins should be eaten in moderation as they are relatively high in sugar. In England, advice is not to serve raisins as a standalone snack to children; they can stick to teeth and cause decay. Instead they should be served with other foods or as part of a meal. So, including them as an ingredient in a biscuit is perfect!
This recipe is free from dairy, eggs, wheat and nuts.
The biscuits can also be made gluten free by switching to gluten free oats. The biscuits are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
5 reasons to love these blw sweet potato & oat biscuits:
- They are the perfect blw mix between being soft but holding their shape well. This means they can be easily grabbed by little hands without completely falling apart!
- They contain no added sugar. The sweetness comes from the sweet potato; particularly if it has been roasted, as this brings out the natural sweetness.
- They are so straightforward to make, with just 3 ingredients. Only mashing, mixing and squishing is required!
- They are a handy size to take out and about for an emergency snack or part of a picnic lunch.
- They are not very crumbly, which means they make less mess than your average biscuit!
How to serve sweet potato & oat biscuits for blw
These biscuits contain protein, veg and carbs, making them a balanced standalone snack. You could also serve them as part of a picky lunch, or even as a little pudding.
Many babies will be able to grab these whole and have a chew on them. However, you can also cut them length ways if you think your baby will find that easier to hold.
For younger babies (under 1 year) I would chop up the raisins into smaller pieces before mixing them in. If you want to make these even easier to chew, you can also whizz up the oats in a food processor first.
If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other blw favourites:
- Carrot cake cookies
- Sweet potato breadsticks (dairy and egg free)
- Gluten free chickpea pancakes
- Vegan carrot cornbread
3 ingredient sweet potato oat biscuits for baby led weaning
- 140 g mashed sweet potato (cooled)
- 80 g rolled oats
- 25 g raisins (Chop up into small pieces for under 1s)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan, then line a large baking tray with baking paper.
- Add your mashed sweet potato to a large mixing bowl. Give it an extra mash to make sure it is lump free!
- Stir through the oats and raisins until well combined.
- Divide the mixture into 8 small balls. Place on the baking tray and use a fork or your fingers to flatten each biscuit slightly.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until starting to turn lightly golden on top.
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