Here is my healthy Polenta baby meal recipe that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This meal is dependent on what you choose to cook it with or top it off with. It’s the perfect sweet/savoury dish and is so versatile. Your baby or toddler is sure to love this! Scroll to the bottom of the page for my healthy polenta recipe!
Polenta was my favourite meal as a child and the only “Serbian” breakfast my mother would make after she moved to England. What I didn’t know back then was how beneficial this healthy polenta recipe truly is! As a parent myself now, this simple polenta dish is an all round favourite for children and adults alike.
Polenta isn’t already a huge part of your diet? It will be for sure, once you’ve read about the health benefits of this corn grain!
Polenta is produced from white or yellow corn grits and is a common dish found in Italy. Additionally, it is a traditional breakfast dish in Serbia and across South East Europe.
You may know of polenta but did you know, polenta contains enough minerals, nutrients and vitamins that the body needs to function optimally. Polenta has a great effect on the prevention of many diseases, as well as boosting the overall health of a person. It contains natural fats like carotenoids and these fats are responsible for polenta’s ability to promote better functioning of the intestines as well as increasing the body’s ability to successfully digest food.
Why is this healthy polenta recipe good for babies?
Polenta is naturally gluten free which makes it a great choice for baby’s first food. It can be served as a finger food by breaking it up into chunks, or mashed and spoon fed. This healthy polenta recipe is easy to digest which makes it a cracking choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
It’s great for busy weekday mornings, trips and travels. We usually pack a few tubs with us.
- 100ml butter or coconut oil
- 200ml full fat probiotic yogurt
- 200ml sparkling mineral water
- 12 tbsp corn flour
- 4 tbsp flour of your choice
- 1 pinch of mineral rich salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3 eggs
- Possible savoury add ins: cheese, spinach, brocolli, swiss chard, paprika, turmeric, cumin...
- Possible sweet add ins: berries, banana, avocado, chia seeds, (honey, maple syrup - not for baby, just for adult or older children)
1. Mix all the ingredients, pour the mixture into a pan covered with baking paper.
Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 200 degrees celsius.
When it cools down, lightly mash the polenta into some yogurt or simply offer it to your baby as finger food in chunks.
You can choose to add some of the add ins at the end of cooking, just before serving. For example, you may prefer fresh berries on top, instead of cooked, or perhaps you only want to sprinkle paprika or turmeric on the surface and not mix it in. This is completely ok. Adjust to taste.