Ground Baby Rice with apple

Baby rice cereal is one of the first foods often given to a baby when he is weaned off the breast or bottle. It is easy to digest and has no lumps.

You can purchase prepared packets of baby rice that just need mixing with your baby's milk or boiled water, but do make sure they are gluten free if your baby is under 6 months, or has tested positive for celiac disease. You are normally safe with the plain rice, but if flavors have been added, do check the ingredients carefully.

It may work out more economical to buy a large packet of ground rice, and use it for many different purposes, including gluten free baby food and many baked goods. However, do note that it isn't pre-cooked and it won't have the added vitamins and minerals that are in baby rice cereal.


  • 1 small eating apple
  • 2 tablespoons baby rice (or ground rice)
  • 4 fl oz (110ml) milk formula or breast milk
  • 1 tsp reduced sugar jam

Cooking the apple

  1. You can use a microwave to prepare this meal, but allow time for cooling as you could burn your baby's mouth if you feed it to him too soon.
  2. Core, peel and slice the apple.
  3. Place it in a small bowl and microwave on high power until soft. (My microwave is an old 650 watt version and it takes 3 minutes in there.)
  4. Mash with a fork or pop in the food mill or processor.

Cooking the rice

If you are using the ready prepared rice for babies, then make it up as per the packet instructions.

If you are using ground rice it will take a little longer.

  1. Put the ground rice and half the milk into another bowl and mix to form a paste.
  2. Add the remaining milk and microwave on high power for around 4 minutes.
  3. I like to check after two minutes, give it a stir, then stir again after each additional minute until it is smooth and thick.


Mix the apple pulp and jam into the rice, cool then serve. (I even like this myself sometimes, as a quick breakfast dish).


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