Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal
This Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal is a great first food for baby! Filled with 3 whole grains and probiotics that will help promote a healthy and happy gut in baby! Baby food for 4 months and up – stage 1 baby food!
HEALTHY FIRST HOMEMADE BABY CEREAL
I can’t even begin to tell you how great it is to have homemade baby cereal stocked and ready to go in those cute little frozen cubes or rectangles in your freezer!
What is it about frozen baby purees stocked in the freezer that make my heart so happy?
Does anyone else feel the same way?
And while you can serve this cereal right after you make it, you will then have over 20 ounces of homemade cereal leftover, so those extra servings are great to freeze and use when you don’t have the time (or energy) to make a batch of homemade baby cereal.
A smooth and creamy homemade baby cereal that is perfectly delicious served by itself or with your favorite fruit or vegetable baby puree.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS MULTI-GRAIN PROBIOTIC BABY CEREAL:
To make this baby cereal recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- Steel Cut Oats – 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. We are using steel cut oats in this recipe because they have a similar cooking time to the rice and barley as well as have more fiber, but you can also use old-fashioned oats in this recipe if you prefer.
- Short Grain Brown Rice – We are using rice in this cereal because brown rice is a nutritional powerhouse – filled with very high amounts of fiber, protein, manganese, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamins B6 that help boost heart health, bone development, immune system defenses and protects against diabetes. I would strongly recommend using organic rice in all baby food recipes.
- Barley – While not as trendy as some other grains, barley is packed with a high fiber content, a ton of vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants that help promote a healthy heart and protection against diabetes. If you want, you can easily swap the very trendy (and very healthy) quinoa for the barley in this recipe. Barley isn’t a Gluten-Free grain, so if you want to stay away from any gluten in babies diet, you should substitute quinoa or more oats in its place.
- Probiotics – We are just realizing how important gut health is to the overall health of the entire body, so it’s important to start baby on the right foot by introducing healthy probiotics to baby. I have used and highly recommend Garden of Life Kids Probiotics, which is safe for babies 3+ months and older. I love this formula because it has prebiotics and probiotics which are great for introducing good bacteria to the gut and giving it the food it needs to thrive.
- You can also add this probiotics to any formula, breastmilk or food when they get older, so the bottle won’t go to waste. You can use any probiotics that you wish, but I would recommend that you look for one that is organic, has multiple strands of probiotics and has no fillers or GMOs.
Health Benefits of This Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal:
- Promotes a healthy heart
- Builds stronger bones
- Helps build a strong immune system
- Protection against diabetes
- Probiotics to help build a healthy gut
Other Reasons to Love This Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal:
- Smooth and creamy texture
- Mild taste
- Great served alone or paired with your favorite stage one baby purees
HOW TO MAKE MULTI-GRAIN PROBIOTIC BABY CEREAL:
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Get the recipe: MULTI-GRAIN PROBIOTIC BABY CEREAL
- 1/3 cup steel cut oats
- 1/3 cup brown short grain rice
- 1/3 cup barley or quinoa
- 3 cups water
- 2 teaspoons probiotics I recommend this one
- 1/4-1 cup liquid, water, fresh breast milk, formula
- In a fine mesh colander, rinse the grains until the water runs clear.
- Place the grains and water into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until all the grains are tender, stirring occasionally.
- Let cool for 15-20 minutes or until cool.
- Add cooked grains and probiotics into a blender or food processor and puree for 1-2 minutes on medium-high until completely smooth, adding in additional liquids in 1/4 cup increments if needed. I had to add an additional cup of water to the puree pictured above.
- Serve or freeze.
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17 Comments on “Multi-Grain Probiotic Baby Cereal”
Is it ok for the raw probiotics to be warmed up when thawing this? Seems like they should be added into the purée right before serving?
Just wondering the ratio/measurements on these ingredients?!? Is it equal parts?
yes, equal parts on all the grains.
Hi can I ask must the probiotic be came cool or on the fridge? Cos I were to other via iherb to Singapore, I’m afraid it won’t be cold all the way
Hello I was just wondering if the cereal has to be cook or can I just toast it and blend it up and just leave it out instead of putting in the fridge. How many days can it be left out.
I have found that if you blend the grains into a powder and then add water when needed, the cereal will have chunks of uncooked grains in it. Which can be hard for baby to swallow. You can get a smoother cereal if you cook, blend and then freeze it for easy serving.
Is this OK for baby to have at four months? my pediatrician said to start with cereal but I thought they should only have one ingredient in their food that early.
Yes, this cereal is good for 4+ months. I also have single ingredient cereals on the blog – rice cereal, quinoa cereal or oat cereal if you prefer on of those.
I was just wondering if probiotics can be frozen and then reheated? Most of the verities I’ve seen have said not to add to hot liquid as it would breakdown or destroy the good bacteria. ? Is it the same for freezing and then thawing in the microwave.
Just found your site. LOVE all the detailed information. This is the first thing I tried! A few questions:
1) Is it supposed to be so sticky? I assumed yes bc it has rice. But wondering if I should’ve added even more liquid (I used bone broth & breastmilk)
2) When you say pair with other purees, do you mean mix it in with other purees?
Thanks again and can’t wait to try more recipes!
The grain purees do take more liquid then you would think. If it’s sticky and too thick (resembling a paste) then I would add in more liquid. Love that you are using bone broth and breastmilk! Yes, you can mix in the baby cereal with any fruit or veggie puree. I would usually do half baby cereal and half puree.
Mine came out a little sticky. I don’t know what i did wrong, but I will definitely try again. My LO ate it mixed with pureed apples. I just didn’t think my texture came out quite right.
You might need to add in a little more liquid to make it an even consistency. Adding pureed apples is a great idea!
Hi! What type of bone broth chicken or beef?
You can use either. I would maybe start with chicken for the first try as it has a more mild taste, but really either are such great options.
Is it safe to boil breastmilk or simmer for long periods of time??
I just updated the recipe card. You want to cook the grains with water and then add in fresh breast milk or formula while blending. Thank you for letting me know.