4 Homemade Baby Cereals – easy recipes that are made with simple and wholesome ingredients! Brown Rice, Oat, Quinoa and Multi-Grain Baby Cereals for the win! These cereals are freezer-friendly, full of essential nutrients for growing baby and perfect for baby’s first bite! 4 months and up.
Homemade Baby Cereal
Whether you serve baby cereal to baby as their first bite or wait until they are older for their first introduction into grains – baby cereal is an important part of feeding baby a healthy and wholesome diet.
Grains are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals for growing baby.
These homemade baby cereals are inexpensive to make and full of wholesome and delicious ingredients that will actually taste like a real meal – no bland baby food here!
Plus, these homemade baby cereals are easy to make and make enough to give you a good freezer-stash of baby food. You will always want to have some of these baby cereals on hand for fast meals.
Reasons to Love these Homemade Baby Cereals
- simple and wholesome ingredients
- freezer-friendly – great for your freezer stash
- free from allergens – gluten, dairy, soy, corn
- full of essential vitamins and minerals for growing baby
- works great stirred into other baby food purees
- 4 months and up – stage 1 baby food
- saves money – less than 90% off of store-bought brands
- mild taste
- creamy and smooth
- easy to make
- homemade – not from a box
Tips for Making Your Own Baby Cereal
- To Get the Smoothest Cereal: I have found that the best way to get the smoothest homemade baby cereal is to cook the grains first, then blend them into a creamy puree before freezing into single serving quantities. This way you have a great consistency right from the start.
- How to Thin out the Cereal: all grains are very absorbent, so once defrosted, these cereals might be a little on the thick side. You can thin the cereal back out by adding in other purees (see list below of some of my favorite options), breastmilk, formula or water. Add in a little at a time, stirring in-between.
- Rinsing the Grains: I would highly recommend rinsing all of the grains in these recipes except for the old-fashioned oats (rice, quinoa, barley, steel cut oats, etc). Rinsing the grains helps get rid of excess starch, which is what will cause the baby cereal to become very thick and sticky.
- Double Recipe for Freezer Stash: Since grains are so simple to cook, I always recommend making a double batch of whichever recipe you are making so you have a nice big freezer stash for the rest of the month.
- Organic vs. Conventional Grains: since there usually isn’t too big of a price difference between organic and conventional grains, I would recommend you go with the organic version for all of these recipes. I usually get my grains from the bulk section of a health food store and there prices hover right around the same price as brand name conventional grains.
Benefits of grains for Baby
- Rice: is a great source of protein, fiber, manganese, selenium, magnesium as well other essential nutrients for growing baby which help boost heart health.
- Oats: are a great source of fiber, minerals, plant-based protein as well as iron, magnesium and selenium that help promote good cholesterol, a healthy heart and helps with digestion.
- Quinoa: this grain is loaded with protein, fiber and iron and helps aide in bone and teeth growth as well as muscle and tissue repair. Quinoa is also naturally gluten-free.
- Multi-grain: using multiple grains gives baby a mixture of essential nutrients. We use quinoa, steel cut oats and barley in this multi-grain cereal to round out fiber, protein and other nutrients that help build stronger bones and promotes a healthy heart.
Stage 1 Purees to Pair with these Baby Cereals
- Sweet Potato + Curry Baby Food Puree
- Pea + Mint Baby Food Puree
- Apple + Cinnamon Baby Food Puree
- Broccoli + Chives Baby Food Puree
- Carrot + Ginger Baby Food Puree
- Mango + Mint Baby Food Puree
- Butternut Squash + Thyme Organic Baby Food Puree
- Simmered Pear + Clove Organic Baby Food Puree
Items you Need to Make these Cereals
- Medium Saucepan
- Fine Mesh Strainer
- Blender or Food Processor
- Freezer Trays
- Stasher Bags or ZipLock Baggies