How to Make Brown Rice Pudding for Babies

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the creamy goodness of homemade pudding, am I right? It’s cool, delicious, and also a great snack for solid feeders. Rice pudding is a yummy treat that is also great for babies who are learning how to eat more textured, yet soft foods.  I don’t particularly care for the pre-made stuff, myself and homemade pudding is so simple to make. I’ll show you a great recipe for delicious brown rice pudding for babies that is also much healthier than the mix you buy in the store.

Rice Pudding with Brown Rice

brown-riceIf you like rice pudding, then you will love this easy recipe as well as your baby. Using brown rice instead of white rice adds a healthier component to this pudding recipe as it’s a great source of valuable nutrients for your baby that white rice doesn’t offer. Brown rice contains many key vitamins and nutrients babies need for healthy development including iron, manganese, phosphorus, and essential fatty acids just to name a few.

Introducing this whole grain to your baby early on will help your child to acquire a taste for nutritious brown rice over white rice. Another factor that makes this homemade recipe better for you and baby is the fact that you know what you’re putting in it and it’s all great, healthy ingredients. There is no added sugar; plus, it’s super easy to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ¼ tsp of ground nutmeg
  • ½ small banana, mashed

For the milk you can use either whole milk, breast milk, or formula. If you plan on making this for yourself or older children then  stick to the whole milk. You could also use soy milk for extra creaminess!

First, you’re going to cook your brown rice either on the stove or in the rice cooker. If done in the rice cooker, add your rice to a saucepan on the stove and add milk (if you cooked your rice on the stove then you can just add your milk directly to the pot). Cook on medium heat until boiling, stirring occasionally. Once it begins to boil, reduce heat to low and gently simmer for about 5 minutes. You can add more milk as needed if the mixture appears to be getting too dry.

Remove the pot from heat and add in the mashed up banana and nutmeg. The banana adds the sweetness element taking the place of adding sugar. You can also add raisins if you wish for older babies and toddlers. Allow the pudding to cool enough for baby to eat then serve. It can be enjoyed warm or cold if you choose to refrigerate it for later. For younger infants who aren’t accustomed to eating more textured foods just yet, you can puree the mixture with more milk for an even smoother consistency.

There are many tasty recipes that you can add brown rice to for a healthier choice for your baby. This brown rice pudding for babies will make a tasty treat or even a wholesome breakfast that your little one will love. It’s a much healthier snack option for mom too! Enjoy!

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