Rice-based foods for baby are easy to digest and prevent gas, stomach cramps and other digestive disorders. Rice is also a good source of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients needed by your growing child.
Baby Food With Rice
Homemade brown rice baby cereal is packed with manganese, magnesium, and selenium. It is a good source of fiber, protein, and a ton of other essential vitamins and minerals for a growing baby. 💪
It’s a nutritious first food for your baby, and you can easily mix it with other fruit or veggie purees for a more wholesome and delicious meal! 😋
Plus, this homemade baby cereal is one of the easiest purees you can make for your baby! All you need is 1 ingredient and less than an hour of your time 🕐.
For this recipe, we will cook the brown rice, blend it up, and then pop it into the freezer for easy-to-grab cubes of baby rice cereal. I have found that this cooking method makes the creamiest and smoothest baby cereal you can ever imagine. Besides, there is nothing like having a freezer stash of healthy baby purees at your fingertips!
REASONS TO LOVE THIS RICE BABY CEREAL
- easy to make
- 1-ingredient puree
- simple and wholesome ingredients
- freezer-friendly — great to stash in the freezer
- free from allergens like gluten, dairy, soy, corn
- full of essential nutrients for a growing baby — fiber, manganese, protein, selenium, and magnesium
- works great stirred into other combination purees
- for babies 4-6 months and up — stage 1 puree
- mild taste
- creamy and smooth
Make sure to read the recipe card below for the full ingredient list and instructions!
- Rice: I recommend using organic short grain brown rice in this recipe. Brown rice has health benefits and loads of nutrients in it, as opposed to white rice, which has all of the key nutrients stripped from it. I strongly recommend using organic brown rice as the cost difference ounce-per-ounce is very small. The organic variety has not been soaked in pesticides and has significantly less arsenic in it. You can use either short or long-grain organic brown rice for this recipe.
- Water: This will be added to cook the rice. You can also use sodium-free bone broth or sodium-free veggie broth for more nutrients and flavor or a mixture of broth and water.
- Liquid for Blending: While blending the rice, you’ll need to add more liquid to thin out the rice into a puree. You can use water, bone broth, veggie broth, fresh breast milk, or formula.
HOW TO MAKE BABY RICE CEREAL
- Rinse Rice: Place the rice in a fine-mesh colander and rinse with cold water until the water runs clear. This will help remove any excess starch from the rice grains and make the rice fluffier and easier to blend. PLEASE DO NOT skip this step, or your puree will be starchy.
- Add to Saucepan: Add the water and the rice to a medium saucepan, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Cook: Once at a boil, turn down the heat, and let simmer on low for 35-45 minutes or until the water is gone and the rice is tender. Rice cooking times vary, so taste test the rice after 35 minutes to see if it is tender.
- Sit: Remove from heat and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Blend: Transfer the cooked rice to a blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes, adding liquid to thin out the rice puree.
- Store: I recommend storing a small quantity of the rice puree in the fridge for use that week and then freezing the rest for future meals.
- Blender or Food Processor
- Storage Containers for Fridge
- Freezer Tray
- Stasher Bag
- suction bowl or baby bowl
- baby spoon
- open lid cup
- bib with catch pocket
OTHER COOKING METHODS
I have found that cooking the rice first and then blending, creates the smoothest rice cereal for your baby. But there are a couple of other ways to make rice cereal for your baby.
You can cook small or large batches of white or brown rice in your instant pot. For white rice, you will put 1 cup of rice and 1 cup of water into the instant pot and cook for 3 minutes with a natural pressure release until the pin drops. For brown rice, you will put 1 cup of rice and 1 cup of water into the instant pot and cook for 24 minutes with a natural pressure release until the pin drops. Feel free to double the recipe if needed.
- Grind Rice: Place 1 cup of uncooked rice in a coffee grinder or blender. Grind for 1-2 minutes or until you have a very fine rice powder.
- Add Hot Water: In a microwave-safe bowl, add in roughly 1 tablespoon rice powder and 1-2 tablespoons hot or boiling water. Stir until smooth adding more water if needed. Let sit until warm enough to eat.