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4.75 from 16 votes

Homemade Baby Rice Cereal

Using only 1-ingredient, this Homemade Baby Rice Cereal is a simple and easy recipe to make baby!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Baby Food
Servings: 20 ounces
Calories: 34kcal
Author: Michele Olivier


  • 1 cup brown rice (I prefer organic short grain)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-2 cups liquid for blending (water, breast milk or formula)


  • IMPORTANT STEP: Place the rice in a fine-mesh colander and rinse with water until the water runs clear.
  • Transfer the rice to a medium saucepan and add 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer for 35-45 minutes or until the rice is tender and the water is evaporated. Each batch of rice cooks a little differently, so taste at 35 minutes to see if the rice is tender.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let rest for 10 minutes, covered. If using breast milk or formula for blending, I would remove the lid and let the rice cool for 15 mintues.
  • Place the rice into a blender or food processor and add 1/2 cup of liquid of choice. Blend for 1-2 minutes on medium-high speed until completely smooth and creamy, adding in the additional liquid, if needed, until you have your desired consistency.
  • Serve or freeze for later.
    Baby food Storage tray with homemade rice baby cereal inside.



Age: 4 months and up
Yield: roughly 20 ounces
Notes on Rice: I recommend using organic short grain brown rice in this recipe. Brown rice has a ton of nutrients and health benefits in it, as opposed to white rice which all of the key nutrients have been stripped. I would strongly recommend using an organic brown rice as the cost difference ounce-per-ounce is very small and the organic variety has not been soaked in pesticides and has significantly less arsenic in it. You can use either short or long grain brown rice for this recipe.
Notes on Water: water will be added to the rice to cook in. You can also use sodium free bone broth or sodium-free veggie broth for more nutrients and flavor, or do mixture of half broth and half water.
Notes on Liquid for Blending: while blending the rice, more liquid will need to be added to thin out the rice into a puree. You can use water, bone broth, veggie broth, breast milk or formula.
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).
Thawing: the puree will be thick when you re-heat it. You can thin it back out by adding in other purees (see list above of my favorite options), breastmilk, formula or water. Add in a little at a time, stirring in-between.
Favorite Kitchen Tools: Get a list of my favorite kitchen tools to make the best baby food here!


Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.2g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Calcium: 4mg