How to Make Banana Rice Baby Pudding

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Total Time 20 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 15 min
Yield 4-8 servings

Banana rice pudding is such a yummy treat for your baby! It combines three of the most common first foods: bananas, rice and yogurt. Banana adds a touch of sweetness, rice adds a bit of substance, and yogurt adds that creaminess that your baby will love. Once your baby is 4 to 6 months old and growing accustomed to solid foods, banana rice pudding is definitely something you should try. Because of its texture and variety of ingredients, you may want to wait until your baby is about 8 months before introducing this tasty treat.

Before you gather your ingredients, make sure they're natural and nutrient-dense. All of the foods you feed your baby should be as untouched and natural as possible, so read labels and become an advocate for yourselves: choose brown rice over white rice because it hasn't been stripped of essential vitamins and nutrients, and use whole milk yogurt made without added sugars.

Consult your pediatrician before trying any new foods, especially if your baby has a milk allergy or intolerance. You can also make your own yogurt rather easily at home to go completely all-natural. 

This recipe requires cooked brown rice, which takes approximately 45 minutes to make. Make your rice ahead of time and store the rice you don't need in the fridge for a quick dinner later. That way, you can make a quick snack for baby and have dinner on the table all at the same time. Multi-tasking for the win! While you will want to prepare the rice ahead of time, the rest of the recipe, however, can be completed in a minimal amount of time:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 cup banana puree
  • 1/2 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
  • Dash cinnamon (optional)
  • Medium saucepan
  • Whisk or spoon
  • Food processor or blender (optional)

Preparation

  1. Over medium heat, combine brown rice, banana purée, yogurt and optional cinnamon in a medium saucepan.
  2. Use a whisk or spoon to stir constantly for 10 minutes. Do not overheat the pudding mixture.
  3. If you want to make the puree a finer consistency, transfer pudding to a blender or food processor and blend. If your baby is accustomed to different textures they likely won't mind if the pudding isn't completely pureed.

    Banana rice pudding has a very sweet, easily complemented flavor, so feel free to mix in other fruits or even vegetables. Berries, apples, pears and mangos are all delicious additions to this pudding recipe. Read How to Make Blended Banana Baby Food for more inspiration.

    If you have a fussy eater, ease baby into banana rice pudding by introducing its ingredients - bananas, rice and yogurt - one by one. Instead of buying processed, dehydrated infant cereal at the grocery store, save some money and make it yourself with this simple homemade baby cereal recipe.

    How to Keep Banana Rice Pudding Fresh

    Store your freshly made banana rice pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 72 hours in the fridge. Alternatively, you could store it in the freezer. Use an ice cube tray to make individual portions. Bananas aren't known for their freezing capabilities, as they turn brown, but they're still edible.

    Bananas are notorious victims of oxidization - that is, browning. Luckily discoloration is an aesthetic issue that doesn't indicate a bad flavor. Still, there are ways to prevent it. Read How to Keep Homemade Baby Food Fresh for tips.

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