Homemade baby cereal is a wonderful alternative to commercial baby cereal. It's also economical to make your own cereals instead of buying boxed baby cereal at your grocery store. Simple to make, homemade baby cereal can be made from any grain (or seed) that you can think of. In the image above, the bowls contain steel cut oats on the left and brown rice on the right. Both the steel cut oats and the brown rice were ground down using a blade coffee grinder. Yes you read that correctly, grains may be ground down using a coffee grinder or another type of appliance such as a small food processor or blender.
Once the grains have been ground down into a powder, you then cook the powder in a saucepan on the stovetop. The grains must be cooked because they are still in their raw state. Commercial baby cereal grains have been pre-cooked and dehydrated which is why you need only add water to make a cereal. The ground grains may be stored in a cool dry place for up to 3 months; for longer storage, keep the ground grains in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Easy Brown Rice Baby Cereal
- 1/4 cup ground brown rice
- 1 cup water
Step 1: In a small sauce pan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
Step 2: Stir in the ground brown rice and whisk.
Step 3: Whisk the rice until a cereal consistency is reached then remove the pan from the stovetop.
Step 4: Take out the desired amount required to feed baby and allow to cool.
Step 5: Store remaining cereal in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze in small portions for later use.
Mix-In Cereal Ideas:
- sweet potatoes