Homemade Puffed Rice Cereal

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We all know that our baby’s health and well-being is of top priority for any parent. Having said that, as a busy parent it’s not always possible to find the time (or energy for that matter) to provide healthy and nutritious meals for our children. This proves even more difficult for busy, on-the-go parents, which means it’s easy to resort to pre-packaged snacks for the kids.

I’ve been making this homemade puffed rice cereal for my kids since they were babies. They’re now 2 1/2 and 4 years old but they still love this healthy, naturally sweetened, wholesome cereal.


Although many companies have jumped on the ‘all-natural’ and ‘organic’ bandwagon it’s important for parents to be aware of the ingredients that these products contain. One of the only ways to know what actually goes into your baby’s food is by making it yourself. In the last few years a variety of packaged finger foods have turned up on the market. Although they offer variety for baby they also contain a ton of hidden unhealthy ingredients and just aren’t as healthy as you might think. Here’s why;

  • They are highly processed, which means they contain a variety of unhealthy ingredients as opposed to wholesome ones in their purest state.
  • All of the contain sugar, which is definitely not necessary to feed baby from an early age.
  • Baby finger foods are much more expensive than regular foods. Simple foods that can be made or prepared at home can cost more than double when purchased already made.
  • Many contain high levels of sodium. Making your own finger foods means you can control the amount of sodium that goes in them.


My kids love this simple recipe but I often add other healthy ingredients, such as;

  • ground flax seed, chia or hemp seeds
  • shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • crumbled nuts (babies 12+ months)
  • dried fruit (chopped finely)
  • chocolate or carob chips
  • rolled oats
  • raisins or cranraisins
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Yields: 2 cups
1 tbs. extra virgin coconut oil
2 tbs. organic almond butter or nut butter of choice
3 tbs. raw honey or pure maple syrup
2 cups puffed rice


In a medium frying pan, heat the coconut oil, honey and almond butter on low heat until melted, stirring to combine until smooth.


Turn off the heat then add the puffed rice. Mix with a large wooden spoon or spatula until the puffed rice is completely coated with the wet ingredients. Remove immediately from the heat and set aside to cool.


Serve warm or at room temperature as a quick grab n’go snack or with milk for a hearty, healthy breakfast option for baby.
Store in an airtight container or zip-lock bag in the pantry for up to 3 weeks.


  • monica

    The is so great Lisa – especially with all the GMO’s in store bought cereals. You continue to inspire me!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thanks…I’m still annoyed with myself that I was giving my kids cereal packed with GMO’s and didn’t do my research!

  • Nicole Hammond

    I was so sick of my kids constantly eating Cheerios for a snack. This is a great idea! And my kids approve too :)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Me too…and I think these taste way better than Cheerios! (My children have never had any other cereal, lol!). Glad the kids like it…and thanks for the feedback!

  • Michele

    This does sound like a delicious breakfast or snack and definitely more healthy then what you buy in stores.

  • Sara-Jayne Jones

    I love making my own food for my babies – I had never thought of this though! I’ll trying it later this week. So much better for my boys.

  • I love the look and sound of your very healthy recipe! I just ate, but I sure could go for a bowl of your puffed cereal right now!

    • Actually, I’ve eaten myself too! Puffed rice is gluten-free so it’s perfect for me!

  • Ourfamilyworld

    This is a delicious and healthy snack or breakfast not just for babies, but for kids, too. I love that this is easy to make.

    • Yes, of course! My husband has eaten them too since he’s a big fan of cereal!

  • OMg I didnt know you can make these yourself! This is so interesting!

  • This does sound like a great breakfast or midday snack. That flavor sounds really nice!

    • It’s mild yet flavourful enough and has just the right amount of sweetness…

  • April Mims

    I’m not sure that I’ve ever had puffed rice before but it looks like a great breakfast food and easy to make. I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Oh wow! This is really great. I wish I had this recipe when my kids were little and needed finger foods. I’ll have to give it a try now.

  • Yum! These look really good! I’ve never thought to make my own puffed rice cereal.

  • Wendy Knowlton

    I never thought about how much bad stuff is in processed puffed rice. I also didn’t know you could make them at home. Sounds like an easy recipe!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg this recipe sounds great!! I always prefer to make snacks homemade since most things on the grocery store shelves are filled with who knows what

  • These looks so delicious and tasty. I would love to have this for breakfast as it helps build fiber for a better digestive cycle.

  • Oh wow thanks so much for the recipe these look absolutely delicious, never thought about making rice cereal at home before

  • As a rice lover, I simply love this recipe. Awesome indeed.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This recipe I am definitely going to be trying for sure. I have never thought to make homemade puffed rice cereal before. It would be an awesome thing for my son who is staying away from all wheat products. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • It would be perfect for him since puffed rice is gluten-free! You can also mix in some puffed millet too!

  • rosemary palmer

    I’m passing this along to my niece who has 2 little ones. She’s doing really healthy food and cooking for them.

    • Thanks for sharing the recipe…I hope her kids love these as much as mine do!

  • I used to eat rice puffs everday as a kid..this is a great way to pass that tradition on in a homemade way…thanks so much for sharing!

    • I never had them until I started eating gluten-free 8 years ago! I love them!

  • mommamellon

    Oh this is something I have to do. What a great recipe. I love puffed rice cereal but I would love to make it myself.

    • It’s so much healthier than store bought and you can personalize the recipe to suit your taste! ;-)