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How to Make Quinoa Baby Cereal

Learn how to make quinoa baby cereal from Petit Organics founder Michelle Muller-Marinis in this Howcast video.

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Alright, so I'm going to show you how simple it is to make your own quinoa baby cereal at home. I'm a huge, huge fan of making your own cereals at home because when you look at the ingredient list of store bought cereals, they are just filled with tons and tons of chemicals and stabilizers that babies just simply don't need. Also, when you start with a whole grain like quinoa and break it down right before preparation, you're going to retain so many more nutrients and vitamins for your child. So, what we're starting off with is a quarter cup of just regular quinoa and I am using a spice grinder. So we'll add that in, set it on the base and then we'll give this about anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute but you're really going to want to break it down to basically dust. So you can check along the way until you get down to the best consistency you want to see and once you're there, you can see how thin this is. So it would look almost more or less like what you would buy at the store yourself, and you can see that this took about 30 seconds of your time to get there. So when we're ready to prepare it in a saucepan, you'll bring about a half a cup of water to boil and measure out a quarter of the quinoa that you have just pureed or brought down to dust. And then we'll go over here. Add it to the saucepan and immediately stir, stir, stir, stir, stir. These first few seconds are very important, because you want to make sure it's dispersed evenly and that no clumps form so that it can cook down. Alright, so about three to four minutes have gone by, and we've brought our quinoa down to almost a gooey consistency, something along the lines of traditional oatmeal. And then, what we'll do is scoop it into our serving dish. For a younger baby, this quarter cup would make approximately two servings. For an older child, you would definitely only get about one serving out of it. The thing with quinoa cereal and most baby cereals is that it will come out gooey, a thicker consistency which can be a little bit difficult for babies to stomach so I prefer adding something like an apple puree, a kiwi puree, even, you know, freshly mashed bananas. Very very easy to throw together quickly. So you'll just add in a couple tablespoons, mix it around until you find the thin or thickness that your baby prefers and this is a perfect opportunity to add in spices. Cinnamon, cloves, you can even go crazy with oregano or sage if you prefer, but at this point, your baby food is ready for serving and that's how easy making your own quinoa baby cereal is.

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