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Recipe Post: Delicious Baby Grain Recipes

Published January 18, 2013 11:48 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Last week I shared a full list of the possible grains that are safe for babies to eat. This week I would to share some delicious grain-based recipes for little ones that can easily be made at home!


Warm Banana Cereal

1/4 cup of brown rice cereal

1/4 cup purified warm baby water

Pureed ½ of a fresh banana


Mix everything together and serve. You may want to warm water in baby bottle warmer or on the stove. 

Special Note:  *IF your baby is 8 to 10 months or older it is safe to add a sprinkle of cinnamon to give their brown rice cereal some savory flavor!


Why use BROWN Rice instead of WHITE RICE?

According to Whole Foods and the Wholesome Baby Food website:  The difference between brown rice and white rice is not just color. A whole grain of rice has several layers. Only the outermost layer, the hull, is removed to produce what we call brown rice. This process is the least damaging to the nutritional value of the rice and avoids the unnecessary loss of nutrients that occurs with further processing. If brown rice is further milled to remove the bran and most of the germ layer, the result is a whiter rice, but also a rice that has lost many more nutrients.

At this point, however, the rice is still unpolished, and it takes polishing to produce the white rice we are used to seeing. Polishing removes the aleurone layer of the grain-a layer filled with health-supportive, essential fats. Because these fats, once exposed to air by the refining process, are highly susceptible to oxidation, this layer is removed to extend the shelf life of the product. The resulting white rice is simply a refined starch that is largely bereft of its original nutrients.


Sweetie Pie Oatmeal

¼ cup of baby oatmeal cereal

¼ of purified baby water

Homemade pureed pear

Homemade sweet potato

Mix everything together and serve. You may want to warm water in baby bottle warmer or on the stove.  Not sure how to make your own purees? See my post from December 7th, 2012 on Making Your Own Purees.  


Special Note: Although some websites may suggest adding brown sugar to an older baby's (over a year or so) food, I really do not recommend it or feel it is necessary. So many fruit and vegetables are wonderfully, naturally sweet--use them to brighten up your child's food! Foods such as pears, sweet potatoes, peaches, apples and butternut squash all become even sweeter when warmed. Share them with your little one and let them enjoy natural sugars instead of those that are processed.


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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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