Making your own organic baby cereal is easy!
I have four kids! One of the things that is very important to me is that they all eat a healthy, wholesome diet. I believe that eating a diet made of real foods, that are organic, Non-GMO, and minimally processed, is really important for our health. I also believe that cultivating a love of real food starts first, with breast milk and next, with baby's first foods. Actually, how we can get our kids to eat awesome super foods and stay away from sugar, is totally another blog post!
But, back to babies...
Babies are so appreciative and they love exploring new foods! Making homemade organic baby cereal is really easy and I guarantee it will be really fun to feed to your baby!
I started, with my first child, about 11 years ago. A good friend of mine gave me a book called, Super Baby Food, by Ruth Yaron. It has been my baby food bible ever since! Yaron has since put out an updated version of Super Baby Food, Copyright 2013, and you can find it here, or in my Shop. You can see in the next pictures, that my copy, on the left, has been extremely loved, and the updated version, on the right, is ready and waiting to be loved by you!
Your baby must be at least 6 or 7 months old to eat homemade baby cereal (Yaron, 1998).
If you're not sure if your baby is ready to eat baby cereal yet, check with your pediatrician.
First, gather your supplies.
All you need are a few pieces of equipment and an organic grain of your choice! I used Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats in these pictures.
This recipe is good for grains such as Organic Brown Rice, Organic Oats, and Organic Barley. If you want to use a different grain, such as millet, you will want to adjust the ratio of powdered grain to water accordingly. Generally, the smaller the grain the less of it you will need to make a 1 Cup serving of homemade organic baby cereal.
You will need:
- a blender
- a pot
- a wire whisk
- a liquid measuring cup
- a 1/4 C dry measuring cup or a tablespoon
- a food mill (optional) *This is the Food Mill that I like to use.
- a clean glass jar with lid.
- 1/4 Cup of dry Organic brown rice, Organic old fashioned rolled oats, or Organic barley
- 1 C of water
To grind the grain:
- Place 1/4 C of grain in blender and blend for two minutes until the grain is a fine powder.
- Transfer ground grain to the clean jar.
To Cook the Organic Baby Cereal:
- Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in the pot on the stove.
- Add 1/4 cup or 3-4 T ground grain to the water, whisking as you pour to prevent clumps.
- Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
- When grain is cooked, transfer to bowl and cool.
- Make sure that your homemade organic baby cereal is not too hot for baby!
6. Portion out the amount that you want to serve your baby depending upon their age and your preferences. You may store the remaining homemade organic baby cereal in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Cool the cereal completely before storing.
7. I like to add a little breast milk to make my homemade baby cereal the desired consistency and to boost the nutritional value! You may also run it through your food mill to puree it more, if needed.
Do you make your own baby food? What are your favorite things to make? Please let me know if you have any questions or comments in the comments section below!
Here is a recipe card that you may print for your convenience! Enjoy!
- ¼ C Organic Brown Rice or Oatmeal (Old Fashioned Rolled Oats)
- 1 C Water
- First Grind ¼ C of organic brown rice or organic oatmeal for 2-3 minutes in your blender, until it is a fine powder.
- Heat 1 C of water to boiling in pot on the stove.
- Sprinkle in the powdered grain (approximately 3-4 T once ground), using a wire whisk to distribute the grain evenly in the water, preventing as many clumps as possible.
- Cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
- This recipe makes approximately 1 C of infant cereal which will keep for 2-3 days, covered in the refrigerator.
- If needed, run the desired portion through a food mill, to create a finer consistency before serving.
- You may add a little breast milk to thin out if needed, as well.
Yaron, Ruth. "Ch. 12." Super Baby Food: Absolutely Everything You Should Know about Feeding Your Baby and Toddler from Starting Solid Foods to Age Three Years. Archbald, PA: F.J. Roberts Pub., 1998. 96. Print.
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