Banana Brown Rice for baby & toddler

This is a perfect meal for babies 6 months and up! Created by Tyler Florence, this recipe is naturally sweetened by roasting the bananas. A technique I would have never thought of until I stumbled upon this. The original recipe is below and on his blog , – Banana Brown Rice. I didn’t want to make a full batch because I wasn’t sure if Mia would like it but, of course, I was wrong and she loved it! Here is Florence’s recipe and my reduced portion version with photos for baby and a toddler version for our older kiddos. Make this naturally sweet treat for your little loved one today!

Banana Brown Rice makes three cups by Tyler Florence

Time: 40 minutes

2 cups cooked brown rice

3 bananas

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon*

filtered water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake bananas on a roasting pan in their skins for 30 minutes.  Use a large scoop to remove flesh then puree with brown rice, cinnamon and filtered water until you have a smooth, creamy consistency.

Banana Brown Rice for baby, stage 1 or 2 makes 1 to 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon*
  • filtered water (or breast milk if preferred)

* Cinnamon is suggested to be given to baby after 8 months old. Some children have a cinnamon sensitivity like Mia. At two years old she still breaks out in a horrible diaper rash. Omit if baby is under 8 months old or has a known sensitivity. Please check with your doctor before introducing new foods.

Preheat oven to 350°. Place bananas on a baking sheet (I cover mine with parchment). Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes until they look like this….

Use a large scoop to remove the banana from the peel. Yes, that kind of looks like a big grub worm but I assure you it taste like honey and bananas.

Place the bananas, rice, and cinnamon* in a food processor or blender for 1 to 2 minutes. Puree until smooth adding water a little at a time until you reach the right consistency for your baby. Use more water and puree for longer for the younger babies as they are still trying to get used to texture. Serve. This will keep in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Banana Brown Rice For toddler

Like I said, Mia devoured this and I wish I would have made this for her when she was a baby. Doesn’t mean we can’t  adjust it for her now!

  • Follow the original recipe but add milk instead of water, cinnamon,* 1 tsp of honey optional (if over 1 year old), and a 1/2 Tablespoon of organic raisins. YUM!


  • berkley

    You inspired me to make this today and Nathan LOVES it! It was so easy! Thank you and Tyler Florence!

  • allison

    Have you ever tried to freeze this to store?

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers

      Great question. Yes I have and it does freeze. When defrosting it does need a little milk or formula to help loosen it up.

  • Rebekah @ Making Miracles

    I made this today for my 8 month old – it’s so GOOD. Next time I need to make a way bigger batch so I can have some too. I haven’t fed it to her yet, but I am sure she’ll eat it up; she loves bananas! :)

  • Nikkie

    I featured this recipe as one of the recipes my twins love on my blog! It was one of the first foods they tried and is still one of their favorites months later!

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