Using only 1 ingredient, this Homemade Baby Rice Cereal is a simple and easy recipe to make for your baby! Plus, it is completely freezer-friendly, so it’s a great addition to your freezer stash of baby purees.
- Whole grain rices, like brown rice and wild rice, will be higher in fiber and vitamins and minerals, like iron, B vitamins and magnesium.
- White rice will not have much fiber or as many vitamins and minerals, unless it has been enriched, which just means nutrients have been added back. Read the label to find out if it has been enriched.
- All rice is a good source of carbohydrates, which are necessary for energy.
- Unfortunately, all rice, even organic and whole grain rice, is susceptible to absorbing the metal arsenic from the ground it is grown in, which is can be toxic when too much is ingested.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 20 ounces
Age: 6+ months
- 1 cup brown rice (I prefer organic short grain)
- 2 cups water
- 1-2 cups liquid for blending (fresh breast milk, formula, water)
Rinse Rice – IMPORTANT STEP: Place the rice in a fine-mesh colander and rinse with water until the water runs clear.
Cook: Transfer the rice to a medium saucepan and add 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover with a lid, and simmer for 35-45 minutes or until the rice is tender and the water is evaporated. Each batch of rice cooks a little differently, so taste at 35 minutes to see if the rice is tender.
Let Rest: Remove the saucepan from the heat and let rest for 10 minutes, covered. If using fresh breast milk or formula for blending, remove the lid and let the rice cool for 15 minutes.
Blend: Place the rice into a blender or food processor and add 1/2 cup of liquid of choice. Blend for 1-2 minutes on medium-high speed until completely smooth and creamy, adding in the additional liquid in 1/4 cup increments, if needed, until you have your desired consistency.
Eat: Serve to your baby or freeze for later.
Age: 6+ months
Yield: roughly 20 ounces
Notes on Rice: I recommend using organic short grain brown rice in this recipe. Brown rice has health benefits and a ton of nutrients in it, as opposed to white rice, which has had most of the key nutrients stripped from it. I would strongly recommend using organic brown rice as the cost difference ounce-per-ounce is very small and the organic variety has not been soaked in pesticides. You can use either short or long-grain brown rice for this recipe.
Notes on Water: water will be added to the rice to cook in. You can also use sodium-free bone broth or sodium-free veggie broth for more nutrients and flavor, or do a mixture of half broth and half water.
Notes on Liquid for Blending: while blending the rice, more liquid will need to be added to thin out the rice into a puree. You can use water, bone broth, veggie broth, fresh breast milk, or formula.