Valio Onni 4-Grain, Raspberry-Blueberry, Lingonberry, and Raspberry Porridges

IMG_2895

So after a month of gradually thickening the gruels (both pre-mixed and powdered) with additional baby cereal, we were pretty much at porridge consistency. This coincided with the 5-month+ age recommendation for these porridges above, so I started serving them up as well. Although I started playing fast and loose with age recommendations for lots of foods after the 6 month mark, I tried to go a bit more slowly in the beginning since we were still mastering the whole get-it-into-the-mouth-and-swallow routine šŸ™‚

IMG_3035

Four-grain porridge.Ā Ingredients listed: fresh milk whey, milk, wholemeal flour and flakes (oat, barley, rye and wheat; 10%), rapeseed and sunflower oils, vitamins (A, D3, E, thiamine, niacin, B6, folic acid, C),Ā minerals (calcium, iron, zinc and iodine).

IMG_3036

I added some fruit puree to this since plain porridge just seemed a bit too boring after all the other flavors he’d been devouring. It’s pretty much a fancier, smoother version of my daily breakfast oatmeal — if I weren’t paranoid about him getting enough nutrients, I’d just cook down some of that instead. However, it does seem from the ingredients list that these are a bit more fortified than the adult versions, so I’ll stick to them until he’s a bit older.

IMG_3039

He’s still working on keeping his face clean. Then again, that’s something his father hasn’t mastered consistently, either…

IMG_2947

Raspberry-blueberry porridge. Ingredients listed: water, apple juice, wholemeal flour and flakes (oat, barley, rye and wheat; 10%), raspberry (6%), blueberry (6%), fructose, rapeseed and sunflower oils, vitamins (A, D3, E, thiamine, niacin, B6, folic acid, C),Ā minerals (calcium, iron, zinc and iodine).

IMG_2949

I thought the glossy pudding-like texture of this one was rather attractive. I taste everything that I feed Blob and this was one of my favorites. Very fruity and smooth.

IMG_2951

Impatient as always, he decided to help the porridge into his mouth.

IMG_3127

Lingonberry porridge. Ingredients listed: water, apple juice, lingonberry (10%), wholemeal flour and flakes (oat, barley, rye and wheat; 10%), fructose, rapeseed and sunflower oils, vitamins (A, D3, E, thiamine, niacin, B6, folic acid, C),Ā minerals (calcium, iron, zinc and iodine).

IMG_3128

This one was a pretty color as well. Not as tart as adult cranberry products tend to be. I added it to some plain rice velli here to give Blob two different textures in one spoonful. Like a baby porridge parfait.

IMG_2968

Raspberry oat porridge.Ā Ingredients listed: fresh milk whey, apple juice, milk, raspberry (10%), wholemeal oat flour and flakes (9%), rapeseed and sunflower oils, vitamins (A, D3, E, thiamine, niacin, B6, folic acid, C),Ā minerals (calcium, iron, zinc and iodine).

IMG_2970

This full-oat version seemed a bit more textured than the multigrain porridges. Probably just an oat thing. It’s also interesting to see that they hold back on the dairy with some flavors and not others.

IMG_3130

He’s very eager to use the spoon, even though his aim isn’t anywhere close to dependable. I’d originally included these reaction shots with the intention of showing which foods he liked or didn’t like, but it rapidly became clear that there were very few things this kid won’t eat… and usually like. So they are mostly here to amuse me. And hey, if he does end up having a funny reaction to something one of these days, it’ll be all the more significant in comparison.

3 Comments:

  1. Small correction, I think it is the nitpicky translator in me. šŸ˜€ I think puolukka actually translates to lingonberry or cowberry, with cranberry being karpalo, but I suppose the tastes are pretty similar, so it might work nice as a description to people who aren’t familiar with lingonberries. šŸ™‚

    • You are totally right! It’s a distinction I’ve always made in the past but it completely slipped my mind while I was typing this. Probably because I write most of these posts at midnight while half awake šŸ™‚ Yeah, they do pretty much substitute for eachother easily in most recipes, but I do think lingonberries are a bit tastier. It’s like the difference between blueberries and bilberries, which I try to point out whenever possible but it can be hard when translating from Finnish because there is only one word for both! I usually assume that mustikka means bilberry when used in a Finnish context, since the American blueberries are so rare to see over here.

  2. Indeed! I think in about 95% mustikka=bilberry is probably correct, especially with Finnish products. With import stuff it is less certain, I’ve seen at least two brands of soy yogurt with the flavour in Finnish being mustikka, but they’re most likely blueberry. You can tell by the colour!
    Most of the time the American type of blueberry is most likely labelled pensasmustikka, at least when it is sold fresh or as plants, but with random stuff lists mustikka, it can be either.
    Speaking of blueberries, we’ll have to see if a bush or two might make the list of this year’s garden purchases..

Talk to me! Please remember to tick the "Notify me of follow-up comments" box below to receive email notification of replies.

  • Subscribe to Blog