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!

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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.


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.
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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
  • Freezer-Friendly


white bowl filled with a homemade baby cereal of rice, oats and barley and probiotics


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This creamy baby cereal is filled with 3 different whole grains and probiotics to help promote a healthy gut.


  • 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.


Note on Barley: feel free to sub quinoa instead of the barley for a gluten free baby cereal. 
Age: 4 months and up
Yield: roughly 25 ounces
Storage: Fridge – store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Freezer – can be frozen for up to 4 months (this and this are my favorite freezer storage containers).
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New to making purees? Then check of my guide on which kitchen tools you actually are going to need to make the creamiest and smoothest baby purees. Hint, it’s not many!

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