Homemade Baby Cereals from Whole Grains

Did you know that baby’s first food does not have to be a commercial infant rice cereal? Many pediatric resources are acknowledging the fact that avocado, banana and sweet potato make great first foods for baby!

Oatmeal Cereal

  • 1/4 cup of ground oats (do NOT use instant or Quick Cook), ground in blender or food processor
  • 3/4 to 1 cup water

Bring liquid to boil in saucepan. Add the oatmeal powder while stirring constantly.

Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly, mix in formula or breast milk and fruits if desired. Serve warm.

Barley Cereal

  • 1/4 cup ground barley (barley ground in blender or food processor)
  • 1 cup water

Bring liquid to a boil. Add the barley and simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly

Mix in formula or breast milk or juice and add fruits if desired. Serve warm.

Rice Cereal

  • 1/4 c. rice powder (brown rice ground in blender or food processor)
  • 1 cup water

Bring liquid to boil in saucepan. Add the rice powder while stirring constantly.

Simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly, mix in formula or breast milk and fruits if desired. Serve warm.

What type of Rice do I use for Homemade Baby Rice Cereals?

The type of brown rice that you would want to use for cereals would ideally be a short-grain brown rice. Short-grain rice cooks up more soft than does long or medium grain rice. The only caveat is that it may become sticky and “pasty” when pureed so keep an watch over the rice when cooking and pureeing/blending it.

You may use a blend of any type of rice that you like; ensure that it is whole grain however. Brown jasmine rice and plain brown rice make a nice blend for cereals as do basmati and plain brown rice. If you find that your baby does not like this blend, then consider switching to the plain brown rice type until the palate has become used to solid foods!

Do I Need to Cook the Powder Before I Serve it?

You need to cook the rice-oatmeal-barley powder prior to serving because when you make your own cereal(s) you are taking a whole grain and grinding it into a powder. This powder should be cooked because the grains were not cooked prior to your processing them into a powder. This powder would not be easily digested if left in it’s “raw” state.

Why Doesn’t Commercial Baby Cereal Need to be Cooked?

The reason that you don’t “cook” commercial baby cereal is that commercial baby cereal is precooked and then dehydrated. Commercial baby cereal is most often made from grain that has been processed and then milled into a flour. You notice this difference when you dump out some “flakes” of commercial cereal(s) and also when you mix up some commercial cereal and find a thin pasty substance in the bowl.

Baked Apple Cereal

Peel, core and cut a small apple into small dice. Place in a pan with 1/4 cup ground oats and 3/4 cup water.

Bring mixture to a slow boil. Simmer covered, checking frequently, until apples are soft and oatmeal is cooked. Be sure to stir and mash while cooking.

Mix in formula or breast milk or juice to thin if needed; puree if necessary (sprinkle a bit of cinnamon in the cereal if your desire and if baby is ready for or has had cinnamon).

To read the full version of this article, visit Wholesome Baby Food.

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