Monday, January 10, 2011

Snack Match: Oatmeal

A snack match is an allergy-friendly snack that nutritionally and/or visually resembles a popular children's snack.

This week's snack is: Oatmeal
Snack Match substitute: Cranberry-Banana Rice Porridge (Jjuk)

Cranberry-Banana Rice Porridge (Jjuk)

This porridge can be made simply with rice and a little salt for flavor.  In its simplest form, it is a perfect baby food.  However, by adding vegetables or fruit, you can make a complete meal perfect for breakfasts, snacks or food for older babies.

1 C cooked rice  (short or medium grain works best)
3/4 C water
1/2 banana
1/8 C dried cranberries, raisins, cherries or apricots
1 T brown sugar (optional)
salt (optional)
  1. Place rice and water in a small pot.
  2. Simmer on low until the rice is broken down and it has reached desired consistency, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  3. Turn off heat and add banans, dried fruit, brown sugar and a dash of salt.
  4. Stir and let rest for 1 minute then stir again. 
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  6. Serves 1-2 people.

NOTE:  If you do not have rice already cooked, you may substitute uncooked rice using a 1:6 rice to water ratio.  For a single serving, you would use 1/4 C uncooked rice and 1 1/2 C water. 


  1. I was just saying to Adam that we should try porridge sometime. Only problem is that he can't have bananas. Any ideas for substitutes?

  2. You don't have to use the bananas. Just leave them out. I have made a multitude of combinations with great success. I just kind of put in it whatever you would put in your oatmeal. A very traditional American combo would be apples, raisins, cranberries, brown sugar and, if not allergic, a dash of cinnamon. Let me know what he likes. I would really love to know what other people try!