Recipe by Stacy Dong
1/4 cup of organic barley flakes
1/4 cup of organic hulled millet
A handful of organic sultanas/raisins
A dash of organic cinnamon
Rinse the barley and millet in a mesh colander under running water. Add 1-1.5 cups of water and bring to a boil.
Turn down the heat to medium-low heat and let simmer, partially covered for 15-20 minutes or until both ingredients are cooked and have fully absorbed the water. Stir occasionally.
Meanwhile, cut the sultanas into tinier pieces (in order to prevent them from being a choking hazard)*.
When cooked, add the sultanas, a dash of cinnamon and serve.
*Alternatively, you could soak the sultanas in warm water and mash them with a fork
Sultanas or any other similar dried fruits are usually not recommended for younger babies as they may pose as a choking hazard. Also, they are believed to cause cavities in children, as they are high in natural sugars. This however has no concluding evidence.
Sultanas are packed full of nutrients. They are low in both fat and cholesterol and high in potassium and iron. They also contain calcium and fibre.
So, to serve or not to serve is a really a judgment call. If you are uncomfortable with serving sultanas to your child (which is totally understandable), just omit it from the recipe above.