4 Homemade Baby Cereal Recipes (4+ months)

4 Homemade Baby Cereal Recipes – 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

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 Baby Cereal Recipes

  • 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
Homemade baby cereal

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.

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Homemade baby cereal

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.
Homemade baby cereal

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

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Easy, fresh & nutritious homemade baby cereal recipes – your baby will love it!

Leave the pasty boxed stuff behind and make these tasty Homemade Baby Cereal Recipes for your baby. There’s nothing as healthy or as wholesome and fresh as homemade baby cereals made from whole grains.

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While the recommended age for starting solid foods is generally 6 months of age, many babies start solids between 4 and 6 months of age. These recipes are appropriate for this age range.

Dr. Frank Greer, from the Committee on Nutrition, American Academy of Pediatrics recently noted in an interview that “Rice cereal has traditionally been the first complementary food given to American infants, but “Complementary foods introduced to infants should be based on their nutrient requirements and the nutrient density of foods, not on traditional practices that have no scientific basis.”

“Rice cereal is a less than perfect choice for the first complementary food given to infants. Rice cereal is low in protein and high in carbohydrates. It is often mixed with varying amounts of breast milk or formula. Although most brands of formula now have added iron, zinc, and vitamins, iron is poorly absorbed—only about 7.8% of intake is incorporated into red blood cells.” – Read Rice Cereal Can Wait to learn about the new thinking from the AAP.

“For most babies it does not matter what the first solid foods are. By tradition, single-grain cereals are usually introduced first. However, there is no medical evidence that introducing solid foods in any particular order has an advantage for your baby.” Source: 09/2008 – Starting Solid Foods (Copyright © 2008 American Academy of Pediatrics)

Always use brown rice when making homemade cereals, it’s just more nutritious!

What type of Rice do I use for Homemade Baby Rice Cereals?

Rice Cereal using “powder” for babies 4 to 6 months +  Homemade baby cereal



Rice Cereal with whole rice for babies 4 to 6 months +  Homemade baby cereal



May be frozen but upon thawing, may turn a bit rubbery.

Oatmeal Cereal for babies 4 to 6 months +  Homemade baby cereal



Barley Cereal for babies 4 to 6 months +for babies 6 to 8 months +  Homemade baby cerealHomemade baby cereal



Do I Need to Cook the Rice “Powder” Before I Serve it?

You need to cook the rice-oatmeal-barley powder prior to serving because when you make your own cereal(s) you are taking a whole grain and grinding it into a powder. This powder should be cooked because the grains were not cooked prior to your processing them into a powder. This powder would not be easily digested if left in its “raw” state.

Why Doesn’t Commercial Baby Cereal Need to be Cooked?

The reason that you don’t “cook” commercial baby cereal is that commercial baby cereal is precooked and then dehydrated. Commercial baby cereal is most often made from grain that has been processed and then milled into a flour. You notice this difference when you dump out some “flakes” of commercial cereal(s) and also when you mix up some commercial cereal and find a thin pasty substance in the bowl.

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Can Homemade Baby Cereal be Stored in the Refrigerator?

Homemade Baby Cereal may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours maximum. As with thawing frozen homemade baby cereal, you may find the texture changes. Simply warm the baby cereal and then add liquid of your choice, as needed, to reconstitute to a texture your baby prefers.

Can Homemade Baby Cereals be Frozen?

Yes, you may freeze homemade cereal. You would use the ice cube tray method (or whatever method of freezing you currently use) as you would for other baby food purees. It tends to be easier to grind and then store the uncooked grains and simply cook a day’s worth as you go. It often happens that when you thaw the cereal, it becomes rubbery and does not reconstitute well. We do hear from parentswho have great luck in freezing cereal. You may want to try freezing a few portions and see how it works for you.

Storing Grains You Have Ground for Homemade Baby Cereal:

Grains that you have ground should be stored in an airtight container in a dry area of your cupboard or in the refrigerator. Whole grains may be stored for several months in a cool dry place. If the temperature becomes extremely warm in your home, you may wish to store the grains in the refrigerator.

Milled whole grains, such as rice flour, whole wheat flour, oat flour and the like, should be stored in an air tight container and preferably in your refrigerator. You can store them in a cool dry place however ensure that you check on the status of the grains if you use them infrequently. Since these are whole grain flours, the natural oils that come from the grain may become rancid without refrigeration. When purchasing any type of milled whole grain, it’s always best to buy smaller quantities to ensure that your whole grains are used prior to them going rancid.

Grains for CerealsRice Oatmeal Barley Buckwheat/Kasha Kamut Millet Pasta Quinoa

Baked Apple Cereal for babies 6 to 8 months + Homemade baby cereal



Mixed Grain Cereals and More for babies 6 to 8 months + Homemade baby cereal

30 Minute Cream of Grain Cereal



Optional: Add sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, blueberries, peaches and/or nut milk (consult your pediatrician about the use of nut milk prior to using it.). From: http://www.keats.com/news/w96meal.html

Oatie Banana Cereal for babies 8 to 10 months Homemade baby cereal



Rice Breakfast Pudding for babies 6 to 8 months + Homemade baby cereal



Pastina and Bananas for babies 8 to 10 months  Homemade baby cereal



**A few sources do say to not introduce wheat until after 1, 2 or even 3 years old. The majorities of sources however indicate and agree that wheat may be introduced around the age of 8-9 months old. It is best to wait to introduce wheat until you are certain that your infant has no reactions to rice, oats or barley. Consult your baby’s pediatrician. Visit Wheat for Your Baby topic to learn more about Wheat, Gluten and Babies


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